He conveyed this when answering questions from netizens on Twitter about the development of Neuralink. A netizen who said he had a car accident 20 years ago and was paralyzed in the shoulder volunteered to be the subject of a Neuralink clinical study.
Musk responded by disclosing plans for human trials.
"Neuralink is working very hard to ensure implant safety & is closely linked with the FDA. If all goes well, we may be able to conduct initial human trials later this year," Musk tweeted.
Neuralink is working super hard to ensure implant safety & is in close communication with the FDA. If things go well, we might be able to do initial human trials later this year.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2021
Neuralink, a San Francisco Bay Area-based start-up founded by Musk in 2016, is on a mission to immerse computers in the human brain to help treat neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's, dementia and spinal cord injuries.
Neuralink also has a vision of creating a direct symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence.
The Hill explained, before saying he would test humans this year, Musk had predicted in 2019 that this could happen in the second quarter of 2020.
According to Business Insider , Musk discussed information related to the development of the Neuralink project on the limited social application Clubhouse. Musk said Neuralink had implanted a chip in the monkey's brain that allowed the animal to play games using only its mind.
"You can't even see where the nerve implant is put in, except that he's got a little little black mohawk," Musk said.
Neuralink has been doing animal trials for years. In the past year, the company showed off a pig with a chip in its brain and displayed live nerve signals.