American entrepreneur, founder of SpaceX and the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk has said that his neurotech company Neuralink plans to implant a chip that would allow a person to use phones and computers without the help of hands, Bloomberg reported citing a company representative.
According to the source, Musk indicated that ongoing negotiations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have gone well enough, and the company could already aim for the first human trials within the next six months.
Neuralink is now reportedly working on a product consisting of a small device and wires with electrodes, as well as a robot that would cut part of a person's skull to implant a chip into their brain.
Musk explained that the purpose of the device is to help people suffering from the effects of stroke. Thanks to the device, they will be able to communicate and express their thoughts through a computer.
According to the source, Musk also spoke about other plans of the company. In particular, he spoke about the creation of chips that can be installed in the human spinal cord. Those who for some reason can no longer walk, will be able to walk again thanks to this chip.
Elon Musk also said that the company is also working on an eye implant that could improve or restore vision, the source said.
The technology startup Neuralink was created in 2016. For a long time, it remained Musk's most profitable business. The Wall Street Journal first learned of its existence in 2017. There were virtually no details about the company until 2019, when Musk published a photo of a rat with a brain implant.
Later in 2020 in August, Musk showed a pig named Gertrude, again with an implant. In the experiment, the pig was placed on a treadmill, and the computer, reading neural signals, was able to track the animal's leg position and record moments when the pig sniffed for food.