The business wants to develop a system that would let people communicate with computers by simply thinking about them.
The billionaire Elon Musk said on Sunday that the “show and tell” event for his brain-computer interface business Neuralink, which was set for later this month, has been postponed.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, tweeted early on Sunday that the event, which was originally scheduled for October 31, had been moved to November 30.
Musk established Neuralink in 2016 with the goal of creating an implanted device that would enable people to communicate with computers by using their brains directly rather than more cumbersome, traditional input methods like touch screens, keyboards, or even voice assistants. He has promoted the project as a method to keep humanity abreast of advances in artificial intelligence, but recently the emphasis has switched to creating a device to help people with disabilities rediscover their capabilities.
Although the technology was shown using pigs and monkeys in Neuralink presentations in 2020 and 2021, he seems dissatisfied with the company’s rate of expansion. He said in December that the experiment was going well in monkeys and that, with FDA approval, he hoped to conduct it on the first humans this year, including quadriplegics and tetraplegics. However, he hasn’t secured FDA approval.
When contacted for comment, Neuralink took some time to respond.