Neuralink, which was founded in 2016, has already tested an early, wired version of this implant in rats (and Musk stated that it has allowed a monkey to control a computer with its brain as well). According to Musk, human trials could begin late next year, although the company has not yet received approval for such a study from the US Food and Drug Administration. (And it should be noted that Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has made unusual technological claims in the past: For example, he recently said in an interview that it may be feasible to get people to Mars in 4 years . ")
Neuralink's promise to make a device connected to the brain as inconspicuous as a hearing aid ̵
1; things that could be hidden with hair or a hat – is exciting for scientists who have worked on this technology for years
"The general idea and its motivation are just right, in my opinion," said Andrew Schwartz, a professor of neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh and a pioneer in the brain-machine interface.