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Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs

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Musk described the surgery to insert a Neuralink device as taking less than an hour.

A Neuralink device prior to implantation.

Credit: Neuralink

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, on Friday performed a live demonstration of a wireless interface in three pigs, allowing the animals' neural signals to be visualized in real time.

Musk described the system as "like a Fitbit in your skull," and in July 2019 he expressed the hope of having such an implant in a human subject by the end of 2020.

Neuralink said the system uses flexible "threads" a tenth the thickness of a human hair, and it has tested the technology on at least 19 different animals with robots, with a success rate of about 87%.

Musk said the system will not be used on humans in the short term, as “There will be ethical and safety issues to work through, and for a long time, it’s likely that you’ll have to have a real medical need to access this technology.”

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