Neuralink, Elon Musk’s neurotechnology company that is developing implantable brain to computer interfaces, recently took to Twitter to demonstrate in a video how it is using realistic head and brain models to ensure patient specific surgeries.
In a tweet, Neuralink said, “Our surgical team enhances their skills by training on realistic, patient-specific head and brain models, ensuring surgeries are tailored to each individual for safety and success.” In the video, a scientist can be seen holding a head model. Through a rectangular opening on the top of the model, the scientist shows the pulsating lifelike brain inside.
Elon Musk’s Neuralink recently announced that US regulators had given them permission to test their brain implants on human beings. The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Neuralink’s first in-human clinical research marked an important first step for its chip technology.
“We’ve been working hard to be ready for our first human (implant), and obviously we want to be extremely careful and certain that it will work well before putting a device in a human,” Elon Musk stated while discussing the implant. The company hasn’t announced a human trial yet.
In 2021, Neuralink demonstrated coin-sized product prototypes being implanted in the skulls of monkeys. Several monkeys could be seen playing simple video games or navigating a cursor on a screen during the Neuralink presentation. It is important to note that the trial also killed 15 out of 23 monkeys that year.