Neuralink gets FDA approval for ‘in-human’ trials of its brain-computer interface

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Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface (BCI) startup Neuralink has received permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct some form of “human” testing of surgically implanted brain devices. reported.

At this time, it’s unclear what trial Neuralink’s tweet is referring to. The only other information mentioned is that the company is not yet accepting applicants.

Neuralink is rejected The FDA approved human trials in early 2022, citing some safety concerns, but the company was reportedly working to resolve them at the time.

The FDA’s apparent U-turn signals that such concerns have been resolved, and the company should be free to conduct limited testing of surgically implanted BCI devices.

When describing the capabilities of BCI, Elon Musk said: said It will help with certain medical and mobility issues. BCIs are being developed for the treatment of many conditions such as epilepsy. We also provide services that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, such as the ability to move the mouse cursor based on eye movements and thoughts.

Musk also said the device will be developed for use by the general public as a general-purpose BCI, which will allow humans to interact with machines through their thoughts and prevent them from replacing them. said.

Until now, Neuralink was only allowed to be tested in laboratory animals such as monkeys and pigs.the most recent company faced Federal investigation into allegations of animal cruelty. However, Neuralink has denied any wrongdoing and the investigation appears to have ended quietly.another survey about Suspect Transportation of contaminated devices is ongoing.

With human testing under consideration, Musk’s vision of a human-artificial intelligence (AI) hybrid is one step closer. Therefore, it may be time for developers and entrepreneurs to start considering applications and use cases for his recreational, surgically implanted BCI.

Mr Musk also was suggested BCI allows people to operate their smartphones faster with their heads than with their thumbs. A recent study from the University of Texas demonstrated that an AI system similar to ChatGPT can already be trained to interpret brain waves to a limited extent.

Related: Texas scientists have developed a GPT-like AI system that can read minds

But perhaps the most interesting potential use case for the cryptocurrency and blockchain community is with Microsoft. Several patents filed in 2018 and 2019 describe systems that can design wearable “sensors” to provide “proof of work” for cryptocurrency rewards and blockchain mining and verification. It is

according to One of the patent applications:

“For example, the brain waves and body temperature emitted by users when they perform tasks provided by information and service providers, such as viewing advertisements or using certain Internet services, may be used in the mining process. “

When using a BCI like Neuralink I will explain A paradigm like the one described in the original research paper and the Microsoft patent should be able to test brainwaves natively, and thus be able to test “proof of work” by thinking alone.