Elon Musk is the head of many companies, so different from each other. For several years, the businessman has been interested in the human brain and more precisely in the brain-machine interface with Neuralink. Thus, he is currently working on brain implants with direct neuronal interfaces. Except that he talks about it, he talks about it but concretely, where are we, Elon? The richest man in the world has just announced that the first human brain implant trials with Neuralink will take place next year. At least, he hopes so.
Neuralink: brain implants on humans in 2022?
In a brief interview with the Wall Street Journal on the occasion of the CEO Council Summit , Elon Musk said he hopes to be able to implant his chips in human brains as early as next year. It almost sounds like a science fiction scenario. The businessman had bluntly compared these brain devices to a Fitbit integrated into our brain . Reassuring? Not sure…
In order to reassure us, precisely, Elon Musk emphasizes the medical use of these brain implants, convinced that they would make it possible to “treat” a paraplegic person or quadriplegic. The first users of Neuralink would thus be disabled people in order to allow them to control a computer only by thought. Quite a program, then.
At present, these implants have been tested on monkeys and the results are conclusive. Remember, last April Elon Musk presented us a monkey capable of playing Pong only by thought. Quite spectacular.
However, to see brain implants tested on humans, you have to wait for the approval of the Food & Drug Administration , which issues (or not) the authorization to market drugs in the United States.
In the meantime, we see that Neuralink trials in humans are carry-over-carry-over. Indeed, the first were to take place in , then in 2021 and now in 2022. Will there be any other postponements? Perhaps, as long as the Food & Drug Administration has not delivered its verdict.
Despite breathtaking technological advances and successful tests, we imagine that the course of implanting a chip in the brain will be very complicated for humans. You just have to wait and keep an eye on the progress of Neuralink.