The brain chip is designed to restore vision in those who are visually impaired and make disabled people able to move and communicate again. The potentially life changing brain chip has so far been tested on animals and is trying to get approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be able to then start trials on humans.
Musk gave a public update at the Neuralink headquarters, saying:
“We want to be extremely careful and certain that it will work well before putting a device into a human.
“The progress at first, particularly as it applies to humans, will seem perhaps agonizingly slow, but we are doing all of the things to bring it to scale in parallel. So, in theory, progress should be exponential.”
Musk continued to detail what the Neuralink brain chip will do for blind people. He said:
“Even if someone has never had vision, ever, like they were born blind, we believe we can still restore vision,”
The last presentation from the company was over a year ago and showed a monkey that had one of the brain chips fitted playing a computer game by only using its brain.
The Twitter owner has high ambitions for the Neuralink company and wants to eventually design and develop a brain chip that would allow patients with paralysis to be able to regain motor function and treat brain diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Neuralink is currently developing a bit slower than Musk initially indicated which is a trend that we have seen across the board with Musk’s companies. He had previously said near the end of 2021 that he hoped human trials would begin in 2022 but this has obviously been delayed.