Elon Musk-run brain-machine interface company Neuralink is preparing to launch clinical trials that will implant brain chips in humans.
Neuralink’s first clinical trials with a small number of human patients would be aimed at treating paralysis or paraplegia, the company’s head surgeon Dr. Matthew MacDougall said.
Neuralink's goal is to build something called a "brain computer interface" that allows people to transmit and receive information between their brain and a computer wirelessly, according to Neuralink's website.
For instance, a paralyzed person with a Neurlink chip implanted in their brain could control a mouse and keyboard without moving their limbs. Information could also be transmitted the other way and allow the person's brain to simulate the sense of touch.
How is this accomplished? Neurons in the brain generate electric signals, and electrodes placed nearby neurons can capture and record those signals. While the technology is much more complex, in a simple sense, replaying these signals can simulate the actual sensation of different experiences, such as holding an apple or kissing another person.
According to dailymail.co.uk, the firm is hiring a clinical trial director, which says the right candidate will "work closely with some of the most innovative doctors and top engineers, as well as working with Neuralink`s first Clinical Trial participants".
"As the clinical trial director, you will work closely with some of the most innovative doctors and top engineers, as well as working with Neuralink`s first clinical trial participants," the advert for the role in Fremont, California, says.
The brain-chip startup had released footage on Friday appearing to show a monkey playing a simple videogame after getting implants of the new technology.
“You were able to resolve blindness, paralysis, and hearing,” he said in 2020.
“In the future, we’ll be able to save and play memories. This sounds more and more like episodes of Black Mirror … Eventually, you can download them to a new body or robot body. increase.”
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