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Elon Musk has confirmed that human clinical trials of a brain chip his company has developed are set to begin in the next six months.

Musk is developing a wireless brain chip created by his Neuralink company. He claimed that he plans to get one inserted himself.

The device utilizes electrode-laced wires, along with a robot that carves out a piece of a person’s skull and implants the wiring.

It is claimed that the device would help those with debilitating and degenerative illnesses to communicate via their thoughts. 

Musk said that most of the FDA paperwork for approval to implant the device into a human being had been submitted. He has long argued that humans can only keep up with the advances being made by artificial intelligence with the help of computer-like augmentations.

Musk claimed that most people are pretty much cyborgs anyway and that his invention simply helps to make that more official.

He was quoted as saying: “You are so used to being a de-facto cyborg,” Musk said. “But if you’re interacting with your phone, you’re limited.”

In a presentation to a crowd of select invitees at Neuralink headquarters, Musk said: “We want to be extremely careful and certain that it will work well before putting a device into a human.

“The progress at first, particularly as it applies to humans, will seem perhaps agonizingly slow, but we are doing all of the things to bring it to scale in parallel,” he added: “So, in theory, progress should be exponential.”

Currently, the company does not have permission from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell the device.

However, Neuralink is not the only company racing to implant chips into human brains. 

Another company, Synchron Inc has managed to implant a small stent-like device into the brains of patients in Australia and the US. 

Unlike these other companies, Elon Musk’s brain chip is more invasive in that it requires patients to have a portion of their skull removed in order for the chip to be inserted.

Previously trials of his brain chip have only been conducted on primates. These experiments used toys and televisions to distract the animals while the experiments were being conducted.

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