“It fails to mention, however, that Neuralink is at least preparing to test its devices on animals, if not already doing so.”

Neuralink

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Thu, Jun 28th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Gizmodo, Elon Musk's secretive company Neuralink is preparing to start testing its wizard hats on animals. In theory, telepathy should be possible in the next decade thanks to neural implants.

Musk’s relative silence about Neuralink—and Mark Zuckerberg’s near-silence about Facebook’s brain-computer interface project, for that matter—may have something to do with the fact that an important part of developing neural implants is testing them on animals. In the image-conscious tech industry, the necessity of animal testing isn’t at the forefront of companies’ pitches for brain-computer interfaces. The industry wants its innovation to feel like a magic trick rather than a rigorous and potentially painful scientific process.

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