At an event at its Fremont, California headquarters on Wednesday night, Elon Musk’s Neuralink Corp. announced that it is hoping to start inserting its coin-sized computing brain implant into human patients within six months.
According to Bloomberg, the brain-computer interface (BCI), will “allow a person with a debilitating condition — such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or the aftereffects of a stroke — to communicate via their thoughts.”
The CEO of Twitter and owner of Tesla wrote on the social media platform Wednesday night in response to a write up by the outlet about the device, “We are now confident that the Neuralink device is ready for humans, so timing is a function of working through the FDA approval process.”
We are now confident that the Neuralink device is ready for humans, so timing is a function of working through the FDA approval process
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 1, 2022
The device translates neuronal activity into data that could be interpreted by a computer and during the event, Musk revealed the company is developing implants that can go into the spinal cord to potentially restore movement in someone who is paralyzed and an ocular implant to improve or restore human vision.
The product which consists of a small device and electrode-laced wires, is implanted into the brain using a robot that carves out a piece of a person’s skull then implants the wires into their brain tissue.
Neuralink’s recent focus has been on making sure the robot can perform surgeries quickly, with minimal harm to the human body. The billionaire is optimistic that one day a person can get brain implants as a quick outpatient procedure.