“Imagine if Stephen Hawking had this,” Elon Musk told X on September 19, 2023, after Neuralink announced that the first human patient will soon be fitted with a Neuralink device. “Neuralink is absolutely mind-blowing,” X told the platform hours later.
“We are pleased to announce that we have received independent institutional review board and first-hospital approval to begin recruiting for our first human clinical trial,” Neuralink stated. Press release.
It was only last year that I reported on Neuralink’s mutilated monkeys and the University of California, Davis scandal. Reads: Elon Musk’s Cruel Neuralink Experiments Kill 15th Monkey, Are Humans Next? Now does his brain device have the potential to restore movement to the whole body?
I even interviewed Ryan Mekely of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). They were the first group to obtain internal records detailing painful and deadly experiments on monkeys conducted by Neuralink in collaboration with UC Davis.
One of the infected monkeys mentioned was a rhesus macaque labeled “Animal 11” by UC Davis, PCRM reported. In December 2018, Neuralink staff drilled two holes in his skull and implanted electrodes in his brain. They attached metal plates to his head with bone screws and sewed his skin around the implants.
The surgical sites quickly became infected and his “skin eroded.” Finally, three months after going under the knife, because the infections persisted, they killed her. An autopsy revealed that he had suffered “acute” bleeding on the brain and that his cerebral cortex had been “shredded” by the Neuralink devices.
In December 2022, PCRM requested that the FDA investigate Neuralink for violations of the agency’s “good laboratory practice” rules, which are designed to ensure the quality and integrity of non-clinical laboratory studies. As of March 31, 2023, the agency had not inspected Neuralink. Instead, they granted FDA approval.
“Musk needs to abandon his obsession with sticking a device in our heads,” says Merkley, director of research advocacy for the Physicians Committee. “If he cared about patients’ health, he would invest in a non-invasive brain-computer interface.”
Musk’s Monkeying Around
“No monkey has died as a result of a Neuralink implant,” Musk said. He claimed that his first implants were in terminal monkeys. However, public records obtained by cprM through a lawsuit revealed that while three monkeys were used by Neuralink in terminal experiments in which they did not recover from surgery, 12 previously healthy animals were euthanized by Neuralink as a direct result of problems with the ‘implant of the company.
In addition, public records from the University of California, Davis, where Neuralink conducted experiments on monkeys between 2017 and 2020, revealed that implanting the company’s device caused debilitating effects on the monkeys’ health, leading to euthanasia The animals experienced chronic infections, paralysis, swelling in the brain, loss of coordination and balance, and depression.
The monkeys’ health records show there is no evidence that the 12 animals were “close to death,” as Musk stated. Rhesus macaques often live about 25 years in captivity, with some living as long as 40. However, the average age of the 12 monkeys killed by Neuralink was 7.25 years.
Note that approval is also no guarantee that a Neuralink device will one day be commercially available, as a significant number of medical devices that begin clinical testing never reach the market. In addition, Neuralink will likely continue to conduct experiments with monkeys, pigs and other animals even after clinical trials have begun, PCRM writes.
PRIME’d to stimulate
Neuralink’s medical device trial is described as “a ground-breaking research trial.” The PRIME study (short for Precise Robotically Implanted Brain-Computer Interface) is being conducted under the FDA’s Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) and is a first-in-human study with the purpose of “evaluating the safety and initial efficacy of the N1 implant (a BCI). implant), the R1 Robot (a surgical robot) and the N1 user application (BCI software) on enablement individuals with paralysis to control external devices”.
So, basically, Neuralink wants to see if their technology is safe and effective…in humans after maiming and killing monkeys. Given the reports of horrific and fatal medical complications for Neuralink’s test animals, it seems a bit risky.
The first human trials will be carried out in people with tetraplegia (limited function in all four limbs) due to spinal cord or amyotrophic injury lateral sclerosis (ALS) and are at least 1 year old post injury without improvement. While it would be nice to restore mobility to a quadriplegic, I wonder if Musk secretly considers these humans to be close to death and therefore disposable.
Once surgically placed, it will be the N1 implant cosmetically invisible. Record and stream brain activity with the goal of allowing you control a computer. PCRM wonders what the potential is for the implant’s tiny wires to migrate to other areas of the brain; and wonders if and how the device can be removed without damaging brain tissue.
Thing is, Musk/Neuralink admitted they’ve reached the end of the line when it comes to animals. Animals cannot respond and feedback at this stage is crucial to moving forward.
The N1 will theoretically record neural activity through 1024 electrodes distributed in 64 wires. each thinner than a human hair. This is where NanoTech King Charles Lieber and his minimally invasive brain enter the probes. It is his evil genius that made the N1 possible.
Turned on September 20, 2023PCRM presented a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate Musk’s claims that these monkeys were already close to dying. Imagine a monkey desperately trying to remove an implant from its brain that has become infected. If the SEC investigates Musk’s comments, it would mark at least the third federal probe linked to Neuralink’s animal testing, he writes. WIRING magazine
Transhumanist dystopia later
On September 13, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee held a hearing AI legislation and oversight along with nearly two dozen tech industry leaders, including Musk, along with tech heavyweights like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, Stability AI CEO Emad Mostaque and the godfather of AI, Yoshua Bengio, plus more than 1000 other experts in the field of AI.
In the closed-door meeting, Musk reportedly warned that AI poses a risk to society and governments.
“In the long term, Neuralink hopes to play a role in de-risking AI civilization by improving human-to-AI (and human-to-human) bandwidth by several orders of magnitude.”
After meeting, reporters asked Musk if “AI is going to kill us all?”
“I hope not,” Musk replied.
On September 21, non-profit Future of Life Institute marked six months since they published a 600-word open letter to immediately stop AI experiments more powerful than Chat GPT-4. It was signed by more than 30,000 people experts, researchers, industry figures and other leaders.
AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as evidenced by extensive research.
Advanced AI could represent a profound change in the history of life on Earth and should be planned and managed with appropriate care and resources. Unfortunately, that level of planning and management isn’t happening, even though recent months have seen AI labs locked in an out-of-control race to develop and deploy ever more powerful digital minds than anyone else, nor only its creators can understand. reliably predict or control.
“AI corporations are rushing recklessly to build ever more powerful systems, without robust solutions to make them safe. They recognize the massive risks, security issues and potential need for a pause, but they can’t or won’t say when or even how that slowdown might occur,” said Anthony Aguirre, FLI’s executive director.
Despite massive public/expert concerns, corporations remain locked in an AI arms race.
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Maryam Henein is an investigative journalist, founder and editor-in-chief of the health and marketplace magazine HoneyColony. She is also a functional medicine consultant/coach and director of the award-winning documentary Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Elliot Page. Follow her on Twitter @maryamhenein. Email her: email@example.com.
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