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Scrambled: Elon Musk says Neuralink plans 2020 human test of brain-computer interface

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Scrambled: Elon Musk says Neuralink plans 2020 human test of brain-computer interface
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STEPHEN SHANKLAND
JULY 17, 2019 10:40 AM PDT

Neuralink, Elon Musk's startup that's trying to directly link brains and computers, has developed a system to feed thousands of electrical probes into a brain and hopes to start testing the technology on humans in in 2020, Chief Executive Elon Musk revealed Tuesday. "A monkey has been able to control a computer with his brain," CEO Musk says of his startup's brain-machine interface. Neuralink's initial goal is to help people deal with brain and spinal cord injuries or congenital defects, Musk said. The technology could help paraplegics who have lost the ability to move or sense because of spinal cord injury -- a medical treatment that's a lot less shocking than radical sci-fi ideas like "consensual telepathy." 

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