Great news for multi-billionaire Elon Musk and his brain interface company Neuralink, which has obtained the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin the first brain implant trials on humans.
This is a turning point for Neuralink, which will be able to more easily pursue its mission and unlock the potential of its technology.
Full details in the news below.
Elon Musk’s Neuralink company gets FDA approval
Neuralink, a company focused on creating implantable neural interfaces, and its founder Elon Musk have received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch the first human clinical trial.
This is a very important step forward for the tech company, which will finally be able to conduct human trials.
The US federal government had previously investigated the Neuralink company to make sure there were no violations of the Animal Welfare Act, under a request from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector General.
The allegation was that the tech company allegedly killed about 1,500 animals, including nearly 300 sheep, pigs and monkeys, since 2018 in an effort to achieve results quickly.
Also involved in the dispute were concerns about the safety of Neuralink’s implants, particularly about the lithium batteries and the company’s ability to remove the device from patients’ brains without causing neurocerebral damage.
After the news of FDA approval, all doubts about the legitimacy of the neurocerebral implant company disappeared.
At the same time, excitement skyrocketed for those in the industry who can finally get serious and pursue the company’s mission of creating a generalized brain interface to grant autonomy to the neurologically unimpaired and unfulfilled, unlocking human potential.
Elon Musk immediately congratulated the team on their splendid achievement.
Neuralink and Elon Musk may as of now open the first neurocerebral clinical trial in humans
After approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, Neuralink and Elon Musk can begin testing brain chips implanted in the brains of human test subjects, leaving the animal world behind.
Notably, the owner of Tesla as well as CEO of Twitter and backer of the famous cryptocurrency Dogecoin had already stated in 2019 that Neuralink would be able to start human testing in a few years.
These are his words after the FDA approval:
“This is the result of the incredible work of the Neuralink team in close collaboration with the FDA and represents an important first step that will one day enable our technology to help many people.”
Neuralink’s brain-computer interface represents an extraordinary technological invention designed to enable its user to control a computer or mobile device while eliminating brain difficulties for those with certain conditions
The implant built with very thin chips and wires are inserted into patients’ brains through the use of a “surgical robot” considering the impossibility of successful operation through human operation.
Undoubtedly, these chips have the potential to change people’s lives for the better even though over the years these products have created extensive debates about the undesirable effects they might cause and the environmental impact produced by lithium-ion batteries.
Recruitment for clinical trials has not yet begun but Elon Musk and Neuralink said they will announce more information soon.
Elon Musk pioneers technological innovation
The 51-year-old multi-billionaire Elon Musk has always been considered a pioneer in technological innovation, and the FDA’s approval for the advancement of Neuralink’s work represents yet another medal for his achievements.
The individual has founded and/or acquired several tech companies over the years, such as Tesla, Starlink, Neuralink, SpaceX, PayPal, Hyperloop, and The Boring Company, demonstrating his dedication to developing high-tech products and services.
In addition, Musk has publicly expressed his support for the world of Web3 and cryptocurrencies, making explicit his sympathy for the memecoin Dogecoin, to the point of inserting the meme’s logo in place of the Twitter bird and leaving it there undisturbed for a few days.
As for Bitcoin, on the other hand, there has been a love-hate relationship, especially during the bull market of 2021 in which Elon drove the crypto community crazy with his conflicting ideas and constant back-and-forths.
In particular, the decision to allow his customers to purchase Tesla electric vehicles using Bitcoin and the subsequent denial due to the fact that the market’s first crypto “polluted” too much created quite a bit of disruption in the industry.
Nonetheless, Elon Musk’s actions have always been directed toward positive ends for society and the environment, especially with regard to the electric car market and the reduction of Co2 impact in the transportation sector.
A very questionable character, at first glance bipolar, with a somewhat bizarre personality, but certainly a pioneer in the development of new technologies, capable of revolutionizing the world in which the global population observes the horizon of future tech.