The United States government is conducting an investigation into the Neuralinkone of the companies led by Elon Musk🇧🇷 According to information from Reutersthe US Department of Agriculture began proceedings a few months ago to look into animal testing carried out by the company, which intends to launch implants to connect human beings with machines.
According to the information obtained by the Reutersincluding reports from Neuralink employees, CEO Elon Musk would have pressured the team to speed up animal testing🇧🇷 Because of this, experiments failed more often, causing deaths and requiring the use of more guinea pigs🇧🇷
Elon Musk’s goal is to start human trials in six months
Despite the reports obtained by the Reuters, there are still no details on the scope of the US Department of Agriculture investigation. The agency points out, however, that Neuralink was approved in all tests and inspections previously carried out by the agency.
How many animals died on Neuralink?
Neuralink is currently testing its implants in animals and is aiming to start using them in humans within six months. Last year, the company even presented a demonstration of a monkey playing Pong with its mind, thanks to the use of technology.
Despite the promising results, the tests would be leading to excessive deaths of sheep, pigs and monkeys🇧🇷 According to ReutersNeuralink does not record the number of animals tested, but employee estimates indicate that around 1,500 test subjects have died since 2018.
It is worth emphasizing that the death of the animals is part of the testing processes, as pointed out by Reuters, including to check reactions after the guinea pig loses its life. However, in the case of Starlink, the officials would be concerned about the high number of animals used due to pressure from managers like Musk.
According to one of the reports obtained by the Reutersofficials revealed that Elon Musk once spoke to the team work like you have a bomb stuck in your head, in order to speed up testing. On another occasion described by the news agency, the billionaire would have hinted that he could close the company if the scientists did not make progress.
So far, Elon Musk and Neuralink managers have not commented on the matter.