Science fiction brain implants got closer this past week, as Neuralink reportedly performed the first human implant. The FDA approved this last year for quadraplegic usage, from things like spinal cord injury and ALS. The goal is to intercept brain signals, and allow those signals to be processed, forwarded on and control meaningful items. It’s not the symbiotic interface that Elon Musk suggested a few years ago. You may know that he is the leader behind Neuralink and a couple of other small ventures. That suggestion is likely to be very far off as the FDA, and public resistance, have proven to be placing very big brakes on this effort.
It’ll be a years before limited trials of a brain-machine interface progress to broader medical use, much less to Elon Musk’s dream of a digital mind meld with AI.