A so-called computer “expert” told a Fox News host on Sunday that Twitter CEO Elon Musk may be planning to use the social media site as the “software” for computer chips he will implant in people’s brains.
Earlier this week, Musk announced that within six months his Neuralink project will enter the human testing phase, CNBC reported on Thursday:
Musk said two of the company’s applications will aim to restore vision, even for people who were born blind, and a third application will focus on the motor cortex, restoring “full body functionality” for people with severed spinal cords. “We’re confident there are no physical limitations to restoring full body functionality,” Musk said.
Neuralink could begin to test the motor cortex technology in humans in as soon as six months, Musk said.
“Obviously, we want to be extremely careful and certain that it will work well before putting a device in a human, but we’re submitted, I think, most of our paperwork to the FDA,” he said.
Musk also said he plans to get one himself. “You could have a Neuralink device implanted right now and you wouldn’t even know. I mean, hypothetically … In fact, in one of these demos, I will,” he said. He reiterated that on Twitter after the event.
That led Fox Host Arthel Neville to ask Datagrade CEO Joe Toscano about the giant nothing burger that Musk spread all over social media about Hunter Biden. Toscano responded:
“So you think there’s maybe much ado about nothing, and a distraction by Musk. Is that what you’re saying?”
That led Toscano to reply:
“I do think that’s a big conversation. Think about it. This man owns Neuralink. He said, within the last three days, in the next six months, he’s hoping to put chips in people’s brains for human trials. He has Twitter, which is going to be the software and he has StarLink, which is going to be the internet for this.”
Perhaps sensing that Fox could get sued for broadcasting such a wild conspiracy theory, Neville pushed back:
“We don’t want to put it out there that somehow if you use your phone or tweet or something that you’re going to get chips put in your brain. Let’s not do that. It’s a crazy concept. So, we’ll step away from that one.”