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Elon Musk plans to invest in a rival brain chip company to Neuralink

The well-known CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Muskis considering investing in a new brain chip implant company, rather than bet on neurolink, a company that he founded for the same purpose. And it is that Elon Musk is plotting to approach the rival company synchro due to the delays that Neuralink suffers.

Neuralink Corporation is a neurotechnology company specialized in the development of brain-machine interfaces or BMI. This was founded in 2016 by Elon Musk, with the aim of creating brain chips for patients suffering from disabilities for neurological disorders. These will work by connecting the patient to a machine that will allow them to receive direct brain stimulation. However, the years have passed and the project is still not tested on humans. We only have evidence of a bow controlling a game pong. However, the company that has caught Musk’s attention, called synchroyou have already implemented your BMI in a human patient.

Elon Musk contacted Synchron to sEsports Extrasan agreement

Elon Musk Neuralink Synchron Agreement

Unlike Elon Musk and his company Neuralink, Synchron already announced in July that it had implemented its brain-machine interface in the motor cortex of a patient of the USA. This would be the first time they have done it, going ahead of Neuralink in the authorization process to experiment with humans. And it is that the company founded by Musk said in 2019 that it would seek approval for the human trials in 2020. However, to date there have been no certified cases, even after announcing in January 2022 that it would seek a director of medical trials for human subjects. synchrofor its part, already has the green light for human experimentation and it has already begun.

With 60 employees Y $65 million raised, compete against Elon Musk’s company with their 300 employees Y $363 million of investors. Like Neuralink, this company hopes to provide people with limited mobility with the ability to control smartphones Y computers with the mind. Also, one of the co-founders of Neuralinkcalled Max Hodack, left that company and went to work with Synchron as a consultant. He even invested in the latter because he believed in it and the enthusiasm for what they are doing. Meanwhile, Elon Musk’s company hasn’t made any progress on this front, so all we can see is animal testing.

Neuralink has managed to get a macaque monkey to play Pong with his mind

After 5 long years since its foundation, Elon Musk’s brain chip development company, Neuralink, showed its progress. But it was not in humans, but using a 9 year old macaque monkeywho was implanted with a chip in the brain and to be able to play mind pong. As we can see in the video, she puts her mouth in a tube (for which he receives banana milkshake) and in turn controls a kind of joystick with hand. The first game consists of moving a white circle until reaching the orange squares that are displayed in random positions. Meanwhile, there is a computer that records all the data regarding the movement made and speed.

With this they achieve predict moves hand in hand and learn the patterns. With this, the final test appears and that is to play MindPong, basically the classic game but without controls. Here we see that the monkey leaves the joystick from before and controls pong with the mind, while drinking your banana smoothie. With this, Elon Musk ensures that the chip Neuralink will be implanted flush with the skull and will allow a person with paralysis to play with their smartphone or PC. We will see in the future if they manage to carry out human trials as Synchron has done, because by contacting Synchron it may benefit Neuralink in this regard.

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