What’s the skinny? Elon Musk hosted an event to demonstrate the progress they have made with the Neuralink V2. The product demo featured the Neuralink surgical bot, the device itself and some pigs. The main purpose of the demo however was to try and convince great people in the field to come and work on the project.
The purpose of the device Musk said is to “solve important brain and spine problems with a seamlessly implanted device.” He went on to say that if we live long enough we will all eventually have brain and or spine problems. These issues could range from very minor things like memory loss or much more severe problems such as seizures or strokes.
During the demonstration Elon Musk, introduced us to Joyce, Gertrude and Dorothy; the three little pigs. Joyce was introduced first, she was the control pig who did not have an implant. Gertrude was second but she was camera shy and didn’t want to come out. So while waiting for Gertrude to get over her shyness, Musk moved on to Dorothy. She had had an implant but had it removed in order to show that the device didn’t have to be permanent. The patient could have it removed at any time if they so chose. It also could be removed to make way for future upgrades.
Gertrude finally made her way out for everyone to see, to the delight of Musk. She is the pig who still has the Neuralink installed. Gertrude had the Neuralink wires attached to her snout. Every time she smelled something or ate a treat, spikes would appear on the screen and a beeping sound was made. She has had the implant for two months and appeared healthy and happy. Musk said during the pig demo that they had 3 pigs who have 2 Neuralinks running at the same time without any issues.
Elon Musk: product demo of Neuralink
Towards human clinical studies
Musk stated during the demo that as of July, they have received FDA breakthrough device designation. They are currently preparing for the first human implantation soon, pending required approvals and further safety testing.