Elon Musk is the founder, CEO, and Chief Engineer of SpaceX and the co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. It has recently been reported that 15 of the 23 monkeys implanted with Elon Musk’s Neuralink Brain Chips have died.
Neuralink was founded in 2016 with the intention of assisting people in recovering from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, curling depression and other mental health disorders, and connecting humans to the internet for purposes ranging from music streaming to near-telepathic communication.
Musk stated that he hoped to begin human trials in 2021, but that target has now been pushed back to 2022. According to the PCRM’s findings, the brain chips are not yet ready.
“Pretty much every single monkey that had had implants put in their head suffered from pretty debilitating health effects,” said the PCRM’s research advocacy director Jeremy Beckham. “They were, frankly, maiming and killing the animals.”
PCRM filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture, accusing UC Davis and Neuralink of nine violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
“These highly invasive implants and their associated hardware, which are inserted in the brain after drilling holes in the animal’s skulls, have produced recurring infections in the animals, significantly compromising their health, as well as the integrity of the research.”