Jul 17, 2019

Elon Musk says his Neuralink startup already has a brain-machine interface working in monkeys

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Neuralink, Elon Musk’s startup that’s trying to directly link brains and computers, has developed a system to feed thousands of electrical probes into a brain and hopes to start testing the technology on humans in in 2020, Chief Executive Elon Musk revealed Tuesday. And it’s working already in animal tests. “A monkey has been able to control a computer with his brain,” Musk said at a San Francisco Click on photo to start video.

&” target=“_blank” data-component=“externalLink” rel=“noopener”>livestreaming the presentation on YouTube Tuesday, revealing even more research results than the company’s scientists expected.

Neuralink’s initial goal is to help people deal with brain and spinal cord injuries or congenital defects, Musk said. The technology could help paraplegics who have lost the ability to move or sense because of spinal cord injury — a medical treatment that’s a lot less shocking than radical sci-fi ideas like “consensual telepathy.”

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