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

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Neuralink plans to test its brain machine interface technology with four of its N1 chips installed under patients' skin. 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. "A monkey has been able to control a computer with his brain," Musk said at a San Francisco 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."


Elon Musk's Neuralink may have tested interfaces on animals

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Elon Musk's Neuralink may be testing its'Matrix' style computer-brain interfaces on animals, it has emerged. Devices being developed by the firm are designed to give people advanced mental abilities, which Musk says will let humanity keep up with future'god-like' AI systems. City planning documents submitted by the company reveal plans for'a small operating room for in vivo testing, and a small room to house rodents.' It is not known what the tests involved, whether they actually took place, or if they are on-going, as Neuralink has refused to comment on the matter. Elon Musk's (pictured) Neuralink may be testing its'Matrix' style computer-brain interfaces on animals, it has emerged.


Experts reveal the dangers of Elon Musk's Neuralink

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Neuralink – which is'developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers' – is probably a bad idea. If you understand the science behind it, and that's what you wanted to hear, you can stop reading. But this is an absurdly simple narrative to spin about Neuralink and an unhelpful attitude to have when it comes to understanding the role of technology in the world around us, and what we might do about it. Neuralink is developing a'whole brain interface', essentially a network of tiny electrodes linked to your brain that the company envisions will allow us to communicate wirelessly with the world. It's easy to be cynical about everything Silicon Valley does, but sometimes it comes up with something so compelling, fascinating and confounding it cannot be dismissed; or embraced uncritically.


5 things to know about Elon Musk's brain-implant company, Neuralink

Los Angeles Times

An illustration of "wizard hats," or the term writer Tim Urban uses to describe the type of brain implants Elon Musk eventually wants to develop. An illustration of "wizard hats," or the term writer Tim Urban uses to describe the type of brain implants Elon Musk eventually wants to develop. Elon Musk teased the world last month by confirming his new venture, Neuralink, a company to create implantable brain chips. Now a lot more details have been revealed. A long post on the website Wait But Why, written by Tim Urban, lays out the background of the company, its team and its plans to develop what are known as brain-machine interfaces.


Elon Musk's $27m plan to plug the brain into a computer

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Elon Musk's controversial startup to crate a'Matrix' interface to plug the human brain directly into a computer has raised over $27m, it has been revealed. Called Neuralink, SEC filings have revealed the scale of the firm for the first time. It has raised the $26.96 million of a technically still-open funding round that could grow to $100 million - although Musk took to Twitter to say the firm is no longer raising cash. Elon Musk's latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices. Neuralink was registered in California as a'medical research' company last July, and he plans on funding the company mostly by himself.