Elon Musk says he’s tested his brain microchip on monkeys, and it enabled one to control a computer with its mind
Isobel Asher Hamilton Jul 17, 2019, 4:34 AM
Neuralink CEO Elon Musk. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Elon Musk’s neurotechnology company, Neuralink, has pulled back the veil on its ambitions to implant chips in people’s brains.
During a Q&A session at a live presentation on Tuesday, Musk surprised his Neuralink colleagues by announcing that the firm had tested its technology on monkeys with some success.
Musk said “a monkey has been able to control a computer with its brain,” though he did not elaborate further on what this involved.
Neuralink’s president, Max Hodak, said that he wished the company didn’t have to experiment on animals but that it’s a necessary “step in the process.”
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Elon Musk took his colleagues by surprise with an unplanned announcement at a presentation by his secretive neurotechnology company, Neuralink, on Tuesday.
Musk cofounded Neuralink in 2016. Its goal is to create a chip that could enable a “brain-computer interface.” And according to Musk, the company has already had some success — with monkeys.
During the 90-minute event, Musk and various senior staffers at Neuralink presented the company’s ambition to design a chip capable of being implanted in the human brain that could receive and transmit signals to the organ.
The near-term goal would be to treat various serious brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, although ultimately Musk’s ambition is to achieve “symbiosis with artificial intelligence.”