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Elon Musk's brain chip firm Neuralink lines up clinical trials in humans

The Guardian

The billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's brain chip startup is preparing to launch clinical trials in humans. Musk, who co-founded Neuralink in 2016, has promised that the technology "will enable someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs". The Silicon Valley company, which has already successfully implanted artificial intelligence microchips in the brains of a macaque monkey named Pager and a pig named Gertrude, is now recruiting for a "clinical trial director" to run tests of the technology in humans. "As the clinical trial director, 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," the advert for the role in Fremont, California, says. "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."


Elon Musk's Neuralink Ready to Test Its Brain Chips on Humans - Purgedmedia News

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Neuralink, the brain chip company co-founded in 2016 by the Tesla CEO, posted a notice looking for clinical trial director to work with the start-up's first trial participants. The company is looking to build interfaces between human brains and external electronic devices. According to Musk, the first version of this product is able to transmit information on the muscular activity of the person wearing it via Bluetooth technology. In other words, with each of your movements, the chip can identify the location of your muscles. The chips would both record and stimulate brain activity with the goal of helping those with serious spinal-cord injuries and neurological disorders.


Elon Musk's Neuralink could soon implant its brain chip in HUMANS

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Elon Musk has demonstrated the Neuralink brain chip in a pig, a monkey and we could soon see preform in a human brain. The firm posted a new job listing for a clinical trial director, which says the right candidate will'work closely with some of the most innovative doctors and top engineers, as well as working with Neuralink's first Clinical Trial participants.' The position is based in Fremont, California and provides the candidate with commuter benefits, meals and'an opportunity to change the world.' It also indicates that the job will mean leading and building'the team responsible for enabling Neuralink's clinical research activities,' as well as adhering to regulations. Neuralink posted a new job listing, first spotted by Bloomberg, for a clinical trial director, which says the right candidate will'work closely with some of the most innovative doctors and top engineers, as well as working with Neuralink's first Clinical Trial participants Although the posting does not say when the trials will begin, Musk revealed last month that they are less than a year away - meaning human trials could start this year.


Elon Musk's brain chip startup prepares for first ever human trials

The Independent - Tech

Elon Musk appears close to beginning the first ever human trials of his brain-computer interface technology. A new job posting for a'Clinical Trial Director' at Neuralink reveals that the neurotech startup is preparing to take its brain chip research to the next stage. Neuralink has already conducted trials on pigs and monkeys, including a successful experiment involving a nine-year-old macaque capable of playing video games using only its mind. The firm eventually hopes to use the technology to allow "human-AI symbiosis". Early human trials, which Mr Musk said last month will take place in 2022, will likely involve people with paralysis using Neuralink's interface to gain direct neural control of a computer cursor.


Elon Musk's Neuralink plans to implant chips in human brains to treat neural disorders

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Elon Musk's Neuralink has begun recruiting for a clinical trial director, bringing it one step closer to developing technology that could connect the human mind directly to devices. Neuralink's goal is to build something called a "brain computer interface" that allows people to transmit and receive information between their brain and a computer wirelessly, according to Neuralink's website. For instance, a paralyzed person with a Neurlink chip implanted in their brain could control a mouse and keyboard without moving their limbs. Information could also be transmitted the other way and allow the person's brain to simulate the sense of touch. Neurons in the brain generate electric signals, and electrodes placed nearby neurons can capture and record those signals. While the technology is much more complex, in a simple sense, replaying these signals can simulate the actual sensation of different experiences, such as holding an apple or kissing another person.