Why we should be skeptical of Elon Musk's claims about the first Neuralink implant

Elon Musk announced Monday on X that a patient has successfully received a brain implant from his neurotechnology startup Neuralink. He added that the patient “he is recovering well” and presented initial results “promping”.

Musk announced the first Neuralink implant PHOTO Collage Twitter (X)

Musk broke the news later in another post on X, announcing that Neuralink's first product will be called “Telepathy” and will allow users to control their devices “just by thinking,” notes DNYUZ.

“Imagine if Stephen Hawking could communicate faster than a typist or an auctioneer”he added. “That's the point.”

The problem is, we only have Musk's word to go by. At the time of publication, Neuralink has yet to release an official statement, and the company's website makes no mention of the operation.

Neuralink also did not respond when contacted for comment.

Still, if the announcement is true, Musk's claim would be a big milestone for the company, which has been shrouded in delays and controversy since its inception. While Musk initially announced in 2019 that Neuralink would begin human tests of its brain chips in 2020, those tests have been repeatedly delayed due to a lack of FDA approvals.

This does not mean that there is no possibility that the operation was carried out, by the company, successfully. Neuralink has been working on the BCI chip for years.

In August 2022, Reuters reported that the billionaire was upset that Neuralink had been beaten in human tests by numerous other neurotechnology competitors, such as Synchron, which had successfully implanted its brain-computer interfaces in a human using a procedure much less invasive.

Neuralink also came under fire after an animal rights group complained to the US. The company allegedly tortured and mutilated 23 lab monkeys while testing its brain chips.

So, until the company itself publishes the results, American journalists advise people to remain skeptical. While technology could undoubtedly help improve the lives of those with mental and physical disabilities, there is no point in generating excitement where there is no real reason.