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Elon Musk’s brain chip Neuralink is plagued by turmoil, rushed timelines and failed experiments on animals, former employees claim, just days before the firm is set to ‘show neurons firing in real-time’

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August 27, 2020

Elon Musk has kept a tight lid on his brain implant chip startup Neuralink, but the billionaire is set to ‘show neurons firing in real-time on August 28.’

The unveiling will be a major event for the firm, but according former Neuralink employees the progress has come at a cost.

Ex-staff members told STAT that the company is plagued by internal conflict and the slow pace of science could not keep up with Musk’s demanding timelines.

They claim scientists were given weeks to complete certain projects knowing the research needed longer to perfect, creating a ‘pressure cooker’ within the company.

Neuralink was also found to test its surgical procedure on monkeys, even though the system posed a risk to the animals, a former employee told STAT.

The report surfaced days before Musk is set to show off the firm’s latest progress, which some suggest will be a demonstration of a monkey moving a cursor on a computer screen with its mind.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Neuralink for comment and has yet to receive a response.

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Neuralink, which was founded in 2016, is designing tiny flexible ‘threads’ that are ten times thinner than a human hair with the goal of treating brain injuries and trauma.

Ultimately, the technology could one day enable symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence (AI) – and Musk says it could happen in just 25 years.

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