A new milestone is about to be reached for Neuralink. Founded by Elon Musk in 2016, the company develops brain implants aimed at controlling robotic prostheses for people with paralysis.
The billionaire recently announced during an interview for the Wall Street Journal want to start testing on humans before the end of 2022. However, the deadline is not guaranteed, Elon Musk being known in particular for his great optimism on the announced deadlines (for example, he announced the implementation of microchips Neuralink from 2020 on humans, without success). After having tested its implants on sows in August 2020, the last test in force carried out with monkeys allowed one of them to play mental Ping-Pong.
The next step is obvious for Elon Musk: to carry out tests on the human brain. However, several authorizations will be necessary before the launch of these tests such as those of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Bloomberg nevertheless specifies that the various positions responsible for clinical trials are hired when contact is made with the FDA. Neuralink having recently made public job offers aimed at recruiting a director and coordinator of clinical trials, the doubt suggests that steps are already underway from this point of view.
Although the results of the Neuralink implant tests are generating a lot of reactions on social networks, the group’s presence on these is not frequent. The company discloses little information about its progress and research, much to the chagrin of part of the scientific community.
In other news, the Starlink project to establish an Internet connection across the globe via satellites has been abandoned by Elon Musk. It provided for the installation of nine antennas in France in Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron, not far from Mont Saint-Michel, a withdrawal announced on January 20.