Elon Musk’s Brain Chip Company Is Preparing to Launch Human Trials
The technology could eventually treat people with brain and spinal injuries.
By Adele AnkersUpdated: 24 Jan 2022 9:47 amPosted: 24 Jan 2022 9:47 am
Elon Musk’s brain chip company Neuralink appears to be gearing up to launch its first-ever human trials, with the firm now looking to recruit a director to run the tests.
According to The Guardian, the entrepreneur, who owns a variety of science-based start-ups, is preparing to take Neuralink’s brain chip research to the next stage by hiring a mission-driven Clinical Trial Director to begin human testing. The company is moving toward potentially finding a way to use the technology to treat people with brain and spinal injuries.Elon Musk Wants to Put a Chip in Your Brain – IGN Daily Fix1:35Autoplay setting: On
“You’ll work closely with some of the most innovative doctors and top engineers, as well as working with Neuralink’s first clinical trial participants,” per the advert. “You will lead and help build the team responsible for enabling Neuralink’s clinical research activities and developing the regulatory interactions that come with a fast-paced and ever-evolving environment.”
Neuralink previously conducted trials of its neurotech on pigs and monkeys, including one test that involved implanting a chip into a monkey’s brain. Using the device, the primate found a way to interact with a computer and play video games such as “mind pong,” proving humans may eventually be able to use the chip to control computerized devices with their minds.
“First Neuralink product will enable someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs,” Musk tweeted last year, reinforcing the company’s goals. “Later versions will be able to shunt signals from Neuralinks in brain to Neuralinks in body motor/sensory neuron clusters, thus enabling, for example, paraplegics to walk again.”
Musk co-founded the Silicon Valley tech company in 2016 and continues to build out its team. Another recent job advertisement on the Neuralink website reveals that the organization is currently on the lookout for a Clinical Trial Coordinator who will support future studies as the company moves towards testing its brain-computer interface in human trials.Best Virtual Reality Adventure Movies
In addition to exploring neural networks, Musk is keen to revolutionize space technology. The billionaire businessman has announced plans to launch a dogecoin-funded satellite to the moon this year, but not before he’s raced remote-controlled cars on the lunar surface. There’s also plans to return to the moon in 2024, and SpaceX is building the lunar lander for that.