Economics/Class Relations

Musk’s coming for your brain

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May 26, 2023
Hello, Insiders. Jack Sommers, senior editor in the UK, here. You may love Elon Musk, or you may hate him. But you can’t deny that he’s hard to ignore. Now, he’s working to put a chip in your brain. Yesterday, his brain-chip startup said it had FDA approval for a clinical study on humans.


Today, we’re reporting on the challenges ahead, including the fact that people aren’t just wary of the tech, they’re wary of the man offering it.


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Neuralink’s brain chips

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Neuralink’s chips could soon be coming to a brain near you. Elon Musk’s brain-chip startup said Thursday that it got FDA approval to conduct its “first-in-human clinical study.”

But people really don’t want anything to do with it.

That isn’t too surprising, considering Musk is a guy whose cars have caught fire, rockets have exploded, and even once reportedly told employees working on the chips to imagine they had bombs strapped to their heads. Experts have also warned that Musk’s new tech could bend your mind in strange and troubling ways, even warping your sense of self.

However, other brain implants have achieved groundbreaking feats. More advanced versions of the tech have helped a paralyzed man walk again and allowed a man with ALS to text, shop online, and play games just by thinking.

But, for now, people seem to be reacting to Musk’s Neuralink with a collective “hell nah.”


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This edition was curated by Jack Sommers, and edited by Hallam Bullock, Lisa Ryan, Diamond Naga Siu, Nathan Rennolds, and J.R. Stacey. Get in touch:

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