The company will seek U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to start clinical trials on humans as early as next year, according to President Max Hodak. The goal is to drill four 8mm holes into paralyzed patients’ skulls and insert implants that will give them the ability to control computers and smartphones using their thoughts
In a research paper released on Tuesday evening, Neuralink said it has performed at least 19 surgeries on animals with its robots and successfully placed the wires, which it calls “threads,” about 87% of the time.
Sabes says the amount of data being gathered from the rat was about 10 times greater than what today’s most powerful sensors can collect.
Hodak says the first surgeries will take place under general anesthesia, but he hopes local anesthetics will suffice in the future