After a delay of a month, Elon Musk-ledMusk-led Neuralink's Show Tell event took place last week. During the event, Musk said the company's goal was to create a whole brain interface, and in less than six months Neuralink will have its first device in a human.
Musk said that he would be comfortable implanting a chip developed by Neuralink into one of his children's brains if the need arises.
He answered a question about safety issues with Neuralink devices when they are actively implanted in a brain.
If you ask a question like that, would you be comfortable implanting this in one of your kids? Or something like that at this point, if they broke their neck? Musk said he would.
He said that we're at the point where, in my opinion, it wouldn't be dangerous.
Musk said that the company was not cavalier in putting devices into animals, and that testing is done beforehand. He noted that Neuralink's testing is not exploratory and confirmatory.
Musk showed off the brain-computer interface technology by showing a monkey fitted with a Neuralink brain chip.
Musk's brain-chip company, Neuralink, is a brain-chip company. The firm featured a macaque monkey playing a video game using its thoughts last year.
The startup has faced allegations of animal cruelty, and it has responded that Neuralink is not unique in this regard. The author and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson is skeptical about Musk's innovation.
Peterson said on Thursday, Jesus, Elon, I hope you know what you're doing. Musk said that Neuralink will be slow and easy to assess, as there is a large regulatory apparatus that approves medical devices, compared to artificial intelligence.