Elon Musk said Wednesday he expects a brain chip developed by his health-tech company to begin human trials within the next six months.
During a presentation by Musk’s Neuralink company, Musk gave an update on the company’s wireless brain chip. In addition to planning clinical trials, Musk said he plans to get one of the chips himself.
“We want to be extremely careful and confident that it will work well before putting a device on a human,” Musk said, according to Reuters.
Neuralink says it is developing brain-chip interfaces that could restore a person’s vision, even to those born blind, and restore “full body functionality”, including movement and verbal communication, for people whose spinal cord has been severed, CNBC reported.
The chip’s interface that targets the motor cortex could be tested in humans as early as six months, the company said.
The company does not have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to sell the device, but Musk said Wednesday that most of the FDA documents for approval to implant the device in a human being had been subjugated.
Neuralink has been tested on animals pending clinical trial approval.
During the presentation to guests, Musk said progress was being made on the wireless brain chip product despite previous missed deadlines, reports the New York Times.
“Progress at first, especially when it comes to humans, might seem excruciatingly slow, but we’re doing everything we can to scale it in parallel,” Musk said. “So in theory the progress should be exponential.”