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Chip in brain for Elon Musk’s pig

Billionaire entrepreneur's early step towards the goal of curing human diseases with the same type of implant
Elon Musk

Reuters   |   New York   |   Published 30.08.20, 12:44 AM

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s neuroscience startup Neuralink on Friday unveiled a pig named Gertrude that has had a coin-sized computer chip in its brain for two months, showing off an early step towards the goal of curing human diseases with the same type of implant.

Co-founded by Tesla Inc and SpaceX CEO Musk in 2016, San Francisco Bay Area-based Neuralink aims to implant wireless brain-computer interfaces that include thousands of electrodes in the most complex human organ to help cure neurological conditions.

“An implantable device can actually solve these problems,” Musk said on a webcast on Friday, mentioning ailments such as memory loss and depression. 

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