Elon Musk’s ‘brain chip’ tech cleared for human testing despite monkey deaths

Human trials of a controversial brain implant technology are set to go ahead, after Elon Musk's company Neuralink received government approval to begin human testing.

The firm, which is building brain interfaces that allow humans to hook their minds up to a computer, said it had been cleared by the FDA to start trials of the technology on humans.

This is despite earlier trials allegedly leading to the death of hundreds of animals, including six monkeys.

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Neuralink says it hasn't started recruiting for human trials yet but that the decision 'represents an important first step' in their plans to 'help many people' with the technology.

Neuralink's devices are designed to be implanted on the human brain to enable people to interact with technology using the power of thought.

Elon Musk, the company's CEO, hopes that the implants could be a lifeline to people with disabilities and help treat a range of mental and physical health issues.

Approval for human trials was previously denied by US safety regulators at the FDA, as they said Neuralink needed to address some safety issues including the possibility of the implant's wires 'migrating' inside the brain.

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The company has also come under fire for experiments where it tested the technology on animals, with the firm acknowledging it deliberately killed six monkeys due to 'complications' with trials.

Animals rights groups claim that a total of 15 out of 17 monkeys died during trials, with Reuters reporting that Neuralink has killed a total of approximately 1,500 animals since 2018.

It doesn't exactly sell the idea of testing this highly experimental technology, but Elon Musk surely has plenty of fans willing to sign up. Maybe he should try it first.


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