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All about the brain implant by Neuralink, Elon Musk’s company facing animal cruelty accusations

Elon Musk says Neuralink will be able to implant a chip in the human brain in just six months. But the company has reportedly missed deadlines to get a go-ahead for human trials.

December 06, 2022 / 02:34 PM IST
A photo showing the process of implantation of the Neuralink device.

A photo showing the process of implantation of the Neuralink device.

Elon Musk's start-up Neuralink is facing accusations of harming animals in botched experiments. Employees have linked Musk's orders to speed up research to higher animal deaths, news agency Reuters reported. There is a federal probe going on against the company.

But what is it that Neuralink is testing?

The company is aiming to a create a brain chip that will let users communicate directly with computers or mobile devices.

"Micron-scale threads would be inserted into areas of the brain that control movement," the company says. "Each thread contains many electrodes and connects them to an implant called the Link."