Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface company Neuralink says it has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to begin its first-in-human clinical study, If this is true, it means that real humans may be implanting a device from Neuralink in their heads.
The news follows Elon Musk’s November claim that Neuralink was about six months away from its first human test — which suggests that this is the rare Musk promise that’s actually coming true on time. Announcing a future human trial isn’t nearly a milestone Result of that case. But this is not just any test. It represents Elon Musk, of all people, attaching a device to a human brain.
And it makes us wonder: Who would sign up for such a thing and why? Will it be someone who has an important medical reason or someone who just wants to draw the world’s attention to Musk, and is there any chance it could be Elon Musk himself? Musk has claimed that he will have the device implanted in his head at some unspecified time in the future.
If you’re wondering if you, yourself, would like to be a part of the Neuralink trial, there’s nothing for you to do right now. Neuralink says that recruitment is not yet open and that it will announce more details “soon.”