21 Jan 2022 2:15 PM

Elon Musk has said that the microchips developed by his brain-interface technology company Neuralink will be ready for implantation in humans next year. 

The chips, which will be implanted into people’s brains, are designed to record and stimulate brain activity, with the aim of helping those with serious spinal-cord injuries and neurological disorders.

In April, Neuralink released a video of a monkey playing a video game using one of the company’s devices. At first, the monkey is physically moving a joystick, while the microchip records its brain activity. When the joystick is unplugged, the monkey is still able to control the game via brain signals being relayed by the Neuralink chip. As Musk said at the time, the chip should theoretically ‘enable someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind’.

Musk said: ‘Neuralink’s working well in monkeys, and we’re actually doing a lot of testing, and confirming that it’s very safe and reliable, and that the Neuralink device can be removed safely’. He believes that with Neuralink ‘there’s a good chance to restore full-body functionality to someone who has a spinal cord injury.’ Quite amazing technology, isn’t it?

With regards to work and communication, Musk said that ‘Long term, sophisticated Neuralink could put you fully in a virtual reality world’.

But will a surgically implanted brain chip convince enough customers if VR headsets is to fail? That’s a tough question and one that many people will argue about for quite some time.

Are you ready to put a chip in your brain?