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Neuralink Knew the Brain Chip Was Faulty “for Years” but Implanted it Anyway

Tesla boss Elon Musk is involved in a lot of things these days with half his brain are working on improving electric vehicles for the masses, some of it I’m working to save social media of bots and a little more We’re working on getting ourselves to Mars. When he’s not doing that, he’s also running a company knew his brain chips could malfunctioned, but still implanted it into a living person.

Neuralink shouted from the rooftops Earlier this year, the company claimed to have successfully implanted one of its brain chips into a human, specifically a 29-year-old quadriplegic named Noland Arbaugh. After the surgery, the company proudly showcased Arbaugh’s ability to play video games like Mario Kart using only brain power.

But then the problems began. The company now had to admit that the patient was dealing with wires Implant has come loose, reports Futurism. Now there seems to be growing evidence that Neuralink knew this was a possibility before implanting the chip in Arbaugh’s brain. As the website explains:

And now Reuters, citing unnamed sources at the company, reports that the startup has known for years that wires in its brain chip were known to “retract” – meaning Musk’s company knew about the safety concerns and went ahead with the patient’s brain surgery anyway.

This all sounds alarming given all the terrible news about the startup’s monkey brain experiments that have come under scrutiny from policymakers in Washington, DC

According to Reuters, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration apparently knew about the ongoing cable problems before approving the human trial and declined to comment on this latest news. The news outlet was told it was monitoring Neuralink test subjects.

According to Reuters reportWhen the wires retract, they take with them the sensitive electrodes that decode the brain’s signals. Any wires that retract are virtually useless and because there are fewer points in contact with the brain, the implant is not as effective.

Neuralink reportedly knew This has been a risk “for years,” but Reuters adds that the risk of it happening is so low that “a redesign is not warranted.” According to the website:

If Neuralink were to continue trials without a redesign, it could face challenges if more cables fall out and algorithm optimization proves insufficient, one of the sources said.

But redesigning the threads comes with its own risks. Anchoring it in the brain, for example, could lead to damage to brain tissue if the threads come loose or the company has to remove the device, two of the sources said.

Now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it will “continue to monitor the safety” of all patients participating in a Neuralink trial. In a blog post about Arbaugh’s operation: Neuralink has not yet reported No adverse health effects have been reported from the complications, nor has it been disclosed how many of the chip’s 64 threads have stopped collecting brain data.

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