The clinical trials in humans at Elon Musk’s Neuralink, the brain chip startup appear to be so close.
Neuralink has posted a job for a “clinical trial director” preparing to make brain chip research and test this technology in humans.
The advert is set for a role in Fremont, California. It said: “As the clinical trial director, you’ll work closely with some of the most innovative doctors and top engineers. Also, you will work with Neuralink’s first clinical trial participants. You will lead and help build the team responsible for enabling Neuralink’s clinical research activities. As well as, developing the regulatory interactions that come with a fast-paced and ever-evolving environment.”
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The company has already made trials on pigs and monkeys, by putting artificial intelligence microchips in their brains. In addition to a successful experiment on a nine-year-old macaque that was able to play video games by using its mind.
Elon Musk’s Neuralink
Elon Musk, who is the co-founder of Neuralink, said that the new technology “will enable someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs”.
The billionaire entrepreneur said that the early human trials will take place in 2022. It will likely target people with paralysis to gain direct neural control of a computer cursor.
According to Musk, the first practical applications of Neuralink’s technology will be on people with brain disorders and diseases. He promised that it will “solve important brain and spine problems with a seamlessly implanted device.”
The ultimate goal of the company is to use technology to allow “human-AI symbiosis”.