- Elon Musk’s Neuralink has said it has been given the go-ahead to test brain implants in humans.
- Recruitment has not started yet, but there are voices saying “I don’t want to get involved” on the internet.
- Much of the backlash comes from a clear mistrust of Mr. Musk, not the technology itself.
Elon Musk’s Neuralink says it’s finally been allowed to transplant brains into humans, but the internet isn’t thrilled with the prospect.
when Neuralink tweeted Thursday After the federal agency announced it had approved the first human clinical study, comments were filled with praise and well wishes from verified accounts — people who paid for Twitter subscriptions.
“The first people in line must be monkeys.” A user tweeted.
“Say no!” I wrote another.
The backlash isn’t all that surprising, given that the announcement is about technology that literally implants a chip in your head, and that Skynet still terrifies people on the internet. Mr Musk himself He hinted that he believes it could be a nefarious AI.
Negative comments were mostly directed at Musk rather than Neuralink. Neuralink said it is working on an implant to help paralyzed people, a feat recently achieved by Swiss researchers.
Some were unconvinced that the technology would be used for positive purposes in Mr. Musk’s hands.
“If this really thinks he’s going to use it, that’s delusional.” One Twitter user wrote:
“There is no trust or belief in him or anything he is associated with.” made another tweet.
many people post exploding head gifpossibly referring to one of the past explosive hiccups by Musk’s company. Tesla spontaneously combustsor is reporting: Hundreds of animals tested by Neuralink have died.
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To be fair, the billionaire’s business lies in some very ambitious ideas, such as living on Mars, self-driving cars, and solving traffic problems. Get people on the internet to debate responsibly.
But those ambitions have had some visible setbacks, such as the explosion and blaze of a SpaceX giant rocket in April (a predictable result, Mr. Musk said). The Boring Company’s hyped Washington DC and Los Angeles projects will stall in 2021.
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And on Wednesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ 2024 campaign announcement got off to a dismal start due to technical issues on Musk’s Twitter space, overloading the site with hundreds of thousands of listeners.
“Elon has already shown this week that he’s a technically meticulous guy who can trust brain implants.” One Twitter user sarcastically wrote:
Meanwhile, some people ask Musk tests his own brain implants.
No need to wait long.Musk In December, he said he would conduct clinical trials in humans as soon as they were ready.
It remains to be seen if the billionaire, CEO and father of 10 will actually take the chips into his head.