ELON Musk says his brain chip implant will do it be tested on humans within six months – after that Laboratory monkeys reportedly died and others chewed off their fingers.
Neuralink technology has already shocked the world after tests showed a monkey was playing a video game Pong with its mind.
Neuralink has admitted monkeys died during the project – but has always denied allegations of animal cruelty.
Twitter boss Musk says he wants to develop the implant to help disabled patients move and communicate again, and potentially restore sight.
Human clinical trials of the Neuralink interface software are set to begin next year, he revealed after a series of delays.
In a speech at the company’s headquarters, Musk said, “We want to be extremely careful and make sure it works before we put a device in a human.”
“Progress may seem excruciatingly slow at first, especially when it comes to humans, but we’re doing all things to scale it in parallel.”
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin, Texas, Neuralink has been conducting animal testing while seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
But recently, activists filed a lawsuit claiming they had evidence that macaques used in previous court cases suffered appalling suffering.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine submitted the documents to the US Department of Agriculture in early 2022.
They claimed the animals were suffering “extreme suffering” – one monkey had holes drilled in its skull.
Neuralink brain chips were implanted in the monkeys’ heads to see if they could control the technology with their minds.
However, 15 out of 23 monkeys reportedly died in the experiment.
In one case, a monkey was found missing some fingers and toes, possibly caused by self-mutilation, legal papers claim.
Another case revealed that a female macaque had the electrodes implanted in her brain, causing her to vomit, choke and gasp overwhelmed.
An autopsy later revealed that the monkey was suffering from a brain hemorrhage.
Bloody skin infections, collapsing monkeys, and other horrifying side effects were also recorded in the results, according to court records.
Neuralink conducted its monkey experiments in collaboration with scientists at the University of California, Davis.
A lawsuit is being fought to have the University of California release a cache of 371 grisly photos of the monkeys reportedly killed or injured in the experiments.
Ryan Merkley, of the advocacy group for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, said the public needed to be made aware of the monkeys’ suffering.
He said: “UC Davis thinks the public is too dumb to know what they’re seeing.
“But it’s clear the university is simply trying to hide from taxpayers the fact that it teamed up with Elon Musk to conduct experiments in which animals suffered and died.
“These photos are public records created with public funds, and the public deserves access to the research they paid for.”
The Sun has reached out to Neuralink for comment.
In an opinion published in FebruaryNeuralink defended its testing measures – but acknowledged that several animals were euthanized.
It blamed animals who lost their fingers fighting with other monkeys instead of mutilating themselves.
“It’s important to note that these allegations come from people who oppose any use of animals in research,” Neuralink said.
“Currently, all novel medical devices and treatments must be tested on animals before they can be ethically tested on humans.
“Neuralink is not unique in this regard.”
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