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Elon Musk nears human testing of brain chip

The billionaire’s neurotechnology firm is hiring clinical trial staffers as it awaits regulatory approval.

Neuralink, the US neurotechnology firm co-founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, has begun recruiting key employees to run its clinical trials, signaling that it’s inching closer to starting human testing of its brain implants.

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The company has posted advertisements to hire a clinical trial director and a clinical trial coordinator. The ads note that the staffers will “work closely with some of the most innovative doctors and top engineers, as well as working with Neuralink’s first clinical trial participants.” Neuralink said the director will lead and help build its clinical research team and will develop “regulatory interactions that come with a fast-paced and ever-evolving environment.”

Musk, who ranks as the world’s richest person with a fortune estimated at $256 billion, said last month that he expects to have Neuralink brain chips implanted in humans sometime in 2022, pending approval for testing plans by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Musk and his Neuralink partners founded the company in 2016 to develop brain chips that connect humans with computers. He has claimed that the implants will enable paralyzed people to control such devices as smartphones with their brains. He expects more progress to be made, including solutions for many physical disabilities by bridging signals between neurons, once human testing begins.

Neuralink has already tested its chips in the brains of a macaque monkey and a pig. The company raised eyebrows last April, when it posted footage purporting to show a monkey playing a video game with its mind.

The first human test subjects will be people with severe spinal injuries, such as quadriplegics, Musk said last month at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council summit. “We have a chance with Neuralink to restore full-body functionality to someone who has a spinal cord injury,” he said.

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Source:RT News

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    • Interesting and vexatious; this report’s focus is on defence, warfare and potential conflict escalation, considerations around legality and ethics are framed as governments’ responsibility (which is ridiculous as governments’ lawmaking capacities lag by a decade or so scientific realities) and it is quasi-technical to boot.
      The reality of a brain implant is that it can and will be hacked. There are many devices which can record, upload and download data, distort perceptions and programme responses. How many people are committing heinous crimes and assaults seemingly out of the blue when their innate preservation impulses are over-ridden? Cancel culture morphs online to vigorous hate crime where your augmented thoughts echo and reverberate throughout the ionosphere.
      These days we see a great deal of data ‘leaks’, as opposed to opportunistic hacks, more akin to “who left that backdoor open this time?’ We don’t know exactly what has escaped, neither what has taken it’s place, nature abhorring a vacuum and neither time nor data exempt.
      Thank you.

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  2. See the Investmentwatch Blog for 8 August 2022, re; ‘Women’s Brains Share Male Sex Partner’s DNA’
    Similar to the imprinting of Holocaust and War Survivors on their children psycho-chemically,…!

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