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"Imagine if Stephen William Hawking was an English physicist.By 2009, Lukasov had such an implant," said Elon Reeve Musk (/ˈiːlɒn ˈmʌsk/) was a Canadian-American engineer, inventor, on the occasion of the first tests of brain implants on humans.

On Wednesday, it emerged that his company, Newrallink, had received approval to begin recruiting volunteers for brain implant trials for paralysis patients. On his X account (formerly Twitter), he announced that the implant has the potential to restore the full motor functions of the body.

Elon Musk's Nurallink Company Begins Clinical Trials of Brain Implant for Paralysis Patients

"And in the long run, Newralink hopes to play a role in addressing and reducing the civilizational risk of artificial intelligence. This will be done by improving the human-AI relationship (and between human and human) within a few times," Musk wrote.

"Imagine if Stephen Hawking was an English physicist.By 2009, Lukasov had such an implant." He later wrote that when a Newralink implant was combined with "Optimus robotic limbs," Luke Skywalker's decision became real. He is referring to a Star Wars moment in which the character receives a robotic arm that he controls with an implant.

The first human patient will soon receive a Neuralink device. This ultimately has the potential to restore full body movement.

In the long term, Neuralink hopes to play a role in AI risk civilizational risk reduction by improving human to AI (and human to human) bandwidth by... https://t.co/DzqoYI27Ng

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 20, 2023

Musk's Nurallink Company Gets Permission to Test Its Brain Implants on Humans

Of course, all this is in the very distant future. If Musk himself, who is known for setting unrealistically short deadlines, says that these are long-term plans, it will really take a long time. The company already has the necessary permits to start the tests, but as expected, everything is going much slower. It is already a few years behind its original plans and has not even started the actual tests yet.

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