American mogul Elon Musk has raised a possible date for human trials of his Neuralink brain implant. In response to a tweet, the billionaire claimed that replace defective or missing neurons “Bridging” between existing neural signals is the best way to tackle the problem.
“The process will accelerate when we have the chips inserted into humans (it’s hard to have a nuanced conversation with monkeys), next year“, tweeted this Tuesday.
The Neuralink implant, one of Musk’s most controversial projects, is designed to be inserted directly into the brain in order to compensate for lost functions due to neurological or spinal cord injuries. After testing a functional model in pigs, last April another clinical trial was successfully carried out in a macaque monkey.
Musk had previously announced lapses and dates to start testing Neuralink in humans, but failed to meet them. Thus, after ensuring in 2019 that the tests would be carried out at the end of 2020 and later changing the date to 2021, finally, this Tuesday, postponed the realization of his ambitious idea until 2022.