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Neuralink

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  • December 9, 2022
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In news: Neuralink, the Elon Musk company is the target of a federal investigation over its animal trial program, has been trying to develop a brain chip that would enable the paralyzed to walk and the blind to see.

  • Musk said last week he believes Neuralink can start human clinical trials in six months.

About Neuralink:

  • Founded in 2016 by Elon Musk and a group of engineers.
  • Neuralink is building a brain chip interface that can be implanted within the skull, which it says could eventually help disabled patients to move and communicate again, and restore vision.
  • Neuralink’s device has a chip that processes and transmits neural signals that could be transmitted to devices like a computer or a phone.
  • Neuralink has produced several examples of testing aspects of its technology successfully on animals, including a video in 2021 that showed a macaque playing a simple videogame after being implanted with a brain chip.
  • It has yet to secure U.S. regulatory approval to move to human trials
  • Its competitor Synchron has less ambitious goals for its medical advances.

Application:

  • The company hopes that a person would potentially be able to control a mouse, keyboard or other computer functions like text messaging with their thoughts.
  • Neuralink also believes its device will eventually be able to restore neural activity inside the body, allowing those with spinal cord injuries to move limbs.
  • The San Francisco and Austin-based company also aspires to cure neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Source: Indianexpress

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