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Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface company Neuralink aims to put its first implant in a human subject in the next six months, he said during an event Wednesday.

Musk said the company has been “working hard to be ready for our first human,” and has submitted most of the required paperwork to the Food and Drug Administration to launch a study in humans. The company — which is designing a device to translate the brain’s signals into actions — also announced it will first focus specifically on two applications: restoring human vision, and helping people who can’t move their muscles to control devices like smartphones or even return the ability to move to people with severed spinal cords, Musk said.


Though it’s starting with certain parts of the brain, Musk said Neuralink’s long-term goal is to create a system that can translate impulses from the entire brain into actions.

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