Elon Musk’s Neuralink Could Implant The First Chip In People’s Brains in 2022

Electronic Chip Via Unsplash - John Cameron
Electronic Chip Via Unsplash - John Cameron

Elon Musk has announced that Neuralink — his brain-interface technology company — is hoping to implant the first microchip in human beings by next year.

Musk co-founded Neuralink in 2016. The company is producing a chip that would be implanted in people’s brains. The chip would record and stimulate brain activity and is supposed to have medical applications that would treat neurological disorders and serious spinal cord injuries.

In a live-streamed interview at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit on Monday, Musk asked about Neuralink’s intentions for 2022. 

In response, the richest person in the world said: “Neuralink’s working well in monkeys and we’re actually doing just a lot of testing and just confirming that it’s very safe and reliable and the Neuralink device can be removed safely.”

He added: “We hope to have this in our first humans — which will be people that have severe spinal cord injuries like tetraplegics, quadriplegics — next year, pending FDA approval.”

Musk said that Neuralink’s “standards for implanting the device are substantially higher than what the FDA requires.”