Elon Musk on Friday showed off a pig whose brain he says has been implanted with a small computer, during a live-stream event to recruit employees for his neuroscience startup Neuralink. Musk co-founded Neuralink in 2016 with the goal of creating a wireless brain-machine interface. The first goal is to cure neurological conditions and allow people with paralysis to control a computer mouse. The device treated by Musk’s team would be implanted in the brain by a surgical robot under local anesthesia and is removable. Musk has also expressed a desire that such devices could help human intelligence compete with artificial intelligence, which he considers an “existential threat”. The entrepreneur made a number of outsize claims about the potential capabilities of the technology, including that it could be used to summon a Tesla, play video games, or allow a person with a severed spinal cord to walk again.
All those were declarations without any scientific data to support his claims. Small devices that electronically stimulate nerves and brain areas to treat hearing loss and Parkinson’s disease have been implanted in humans for decades. Some brain implant trials with a small number of people who have lost control of bodily functions due to spinal cord injuries or neurological conditions such as strokes were conducted before. Elon Musk has to demonstrate more developing his project.