SpaceX and Tesla founder Musk announced on Twitter on July 9 that they would announce the progress of the brain-machine interface start-up Ink Neural on August 28. Neuralink, founded by Musk in 2017, focuses on brain-computer interfaces with the goal of connecting the human brain to artificial intelligence software.
According to Bloomberg, Neuralink has raised more than $150 million, of which at least $100 million has come from Musk.
Last July, Neuralink released a scalable, high-bandwidth brain-machine interface system. The system consists of a sewing machine-like robot and lines that are only 4 to 6 microns in weight and thinner than human hair, and can be implanted under the guidance of a neurosurgeon, monitoring more than 1,000 neuronal data at once.
The idea for Neuralink is to drill four 8mm holes in the skulls of paralysed patients and implant them into brain-machine interface devices that allow them to control their phones or computers with their brains. The company said it would seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin human clinical trials as early as 2020.