Neuralink is about to release a chip that will allow people to recover their sight

Neuralink is about to release a chip that will allow people to recover their sight

Elon Musk’s company Neuralink, which develops neurochips to control devices using thought, plans to release a similar device for people with visual impairments, reports The Independent. It is planned that the new product will eventually restore visual functions.

“At first the resolution will be low, like early Nintendo games, but the result may be better than normal human vision,” – wrote Elon Musk in X.

The new project will be called Blindsight. Musk said that the chips are already being tested on monkeys, and added that no animal has been harmed by the chip implantation. We will remind you that previously Neuralink has repeatedly faced complaints about cruelty to animals. So, in 2022, animal rights activists filed a lawsuit accusing Neuralink of causing “extreme suffering” to monkeys for years. According to the authors of the complaint, 15 out of 23 monkeys died as a result of the company’s experiments.

According to a Wired investigation published in September 2023, since its founding in March 2017, Neuralink has acquired “a large number of animals” to test its neural interfaces. The newspaper reported that “about a dozen primates” had to be euthanized after being implanted with the chip. Complications of implantation include bloody diarrhea, partial paralysis, and cerebral edema.

The Neuralink project was launched in 2016. In July 2019, the company first demonstrated a device capable of transmitting brain signals via Bluetooth. In 2021, the company released videos of a monkey named Pager playing video games with a chip embedded in its brain.

In January 2024, Musk announced that a neurochip had been used in a human for the first time; he became 29-year-old Nolan Arbo, paralyzed below the shoulders due to an accident. In February, it became known that the patient had fully recovered and was able to control a computer mouse with the power of thought. On March 21, Arbo showed how he plays computer chess with the power of thought.

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