Elon Musk wants to test his chips to connect brain and computer on humans
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In December 2022, Elon Musk's Neurlaink came under investigation for violating the Animal Welfare Act, killing about 1,500 animal guinea pigs to experiment with its chips, including sheep, pigs and monkeys. While in February 2023 it ended up under the crosshairs of the Department of Transportation for the mismanagement of dangerous pathogens, used during the collaboration with the University of California.
Just three months after the first investigation and less than a month after the second, Musk is still trying to advance the project, this time directly involving a neurology institute in Phoenix, Arizona, the Barrow Neurological Institute, a center of excellence that he has already experimented with some brain implants in many patients.
According to Reuters, the company would have begun talks to get to human trials, but it is not yet certain that a collaboration will actually be reached, given that it is up to the Food and drug administration, the federal agency of the Department of Health for the safety of food and pharmaceutical products, give final authorization for experiments.
Elon Musk's latest craze: connecting human brains and computers
These are much less invasive systems than those of Neuralink, which act on deep brain stimulation to reduce the effects of Parkinson's disease and were approved by the US authorities in 1997.
On the contrary, the devices of Musk's company aim to create a direct connection between brain and computer, with electrodes inserted into the brain or on its surface. Meanwhile, Elon Musk wrote on Twitter, responding to a user who railed against French President Emmanuel Macron, saying that the retirement age in France is too low.
The Twitter CEO also wrote that people have had enough of dictators who pretend to be democrats.
In late January, responding to a user who posted a video of protests in Lyon, Musk wrote: "Macron has taken a difficult but right action. The retirement age of 62 was set when the hope of life was shorter. It is impossible for a small number of workers to support a massive number of retirees."