Iron Man and his monkey chip

2022-04-28 0 By

The animal rights group PCRM has accused Musk’s Neuralink company and the University of California at Davis of monkey abuse that resulted in the death of at least 15 experimental monkeys in excruciating pain.Musk founded Neuralink in 2016 with a partner to develop brain-computer docking technology.In 2021 Neuralink shared a new development in its research that showed monkeys with Neuralink brain chips implanted in their brains could play ping-pong with their thoughts.”Soon you’ll see our monkeys playing Twitch and Discord lol,” Musk said on the social network.The project has attracted the interest of some celebrities and raised the hopes of many paralysed people.People with paralysis often petition Musk on social media to be part of a human trial.However, animal rights group PCRM reviewed more than 700 pages of documents, veterinary records and autopsy reports by requesting university public records and found that of the 23 monkeys fitted with Neuralink brain chips at the University of California, Davis between 2017 and 2020,At least 15 died or were euthanized.”Almost every monkey that was implanted in the brain suffered pretty severe health effects,” said Jeremy Beckham, director of research advocacy at PCRM.”Frankly, they maimed and killed the animals.”The nerve chip was implanted by drilling holes into the monkey’s skull.Some of the monkeys developed bleeding from skin infections, lost fingers and toes, and suffered brain bleeding.On Feb. 10, PCRM filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture accusing UC Davis and Neuralink of violating nine provisions of the Animal Welfare Act.”UC Davis documented that all of the monkeys with the hardware on their heads had very severe debilitating symptoms — their implants became infected;A few had seizures;Several of them died within days…But Pager in the YouTube video appears to be a healthy monkey.”The news has sparked outrage online, and if the PCRM complaint stands up, it could have a bigger impact on Neuralink’s experiments.A Neuralink brain computer interface (BCI) involves implanting tiny electrodes in the brain and using electrical currents to allow a computer to interact with brain cells.The brain-computer docking device consists of a tiny probe with more than 3,000 electrodes.Electrodes are connected to soft wires thinner than a human hair to monitor the activity of neurons in 1,000 people’s brains.Mr Musk’s first product, unveiled in 2019, works by drilling holes in the skull with lasers and then inserting a circuit into the brain, avoiding blood vessels in the brain.Neuralink aims to help people recover from brain and spinal injuries, treat depression and other mental disorders, and connect humans directly to the Internet.At that time, you don’t need to use your fingers to play songs with your mind, and you can even communicate with people in a way that is close to telepathic.Neuralink’s vision is undeniably good, but the reality faces ethical constraints.It is true that scientific and technological progress can benefit mankind, but there is no limit to the ethics that can give way to scientific research.Perhaps, finding a better balance between the two is something that scientific experiments have to consider.