“This is an important first step that will one day allow our technology to help many people”, declared the Californian company on the social network Twitter, adding that “recruitment for clinical trials is not yet open”.
Neuralink designs devices to implant in the brain and communicate with computers directly through thought.
The initial objective is to help people who are paralyzed or who suffer from neurological diseases.
The ‘start-up’ then intends to make these implants safe and reliable enough to be used and “equip” brains with computing capacity.
For Elon Musk, these ‘chips’ should allow humanity to achieve a “symbiosis with artificial intelligence (AI)”, according to an intervention at the company’s annual conference in 2022.
The billionaire said he fears that AI systems could overtake humans and take over.
In March, he founded X.AI, a new company specializing in AI, presumably to rival OpenAI, the company that conceived ChatGPT, a successful AI program capable of interacting with humans and producing all kinds of texts on demand .