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Musk’s Neuralink May Be Facing Investigation

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Elon Musk | Image by REUTERS

Neuralink Corporation, Elon Musk’s brain chip implant development company, is reportedly being investigated following several complaints from staff members over the company’s testing procedures.

According to reports, animal testing is being done for chip implants. This testing has allegedly been rushed, leading to suffering and death among the animals.

Reports have surfaced claiming that around 1,500 animal deaths have occurred dating back to 2018. The animals being tested on include pigs, monkeys, and sheep.

While legal, animal trials are strictly regulated under federal law in order to prevent unnecessary suffering and pain to the animals. Animals who come under harm are often euthanized. Employees wrote about several instances where the deaths of animals at Neuralink were allegedly due to “hack jobs” and rushed work.

When tests have failed in the past, employees have allegedly been instructed to repeat them, often on the same animal. Employees have claimed that this direction stems from Musk’s rush to get testing and approval on track.

Back in February, Musk said of Neuralink, “In general, we are simply not moving fast enough. It is driving me nuts!”

Last week, Musk took to Twitter and stated that he is “confident the Neuralink device is ready for humans, so timing is a function of working through the approval process”.

But government officials have refused to indicate what they think of Neuralink’s animal testing. Any such investigation would be conducted by the Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General. Amy Lowenthal, assistant counsel to the inspector general, told the Washington Post that the agency “neither confirms nor denies the existence of any such investigation.”

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Dick Smith
Dick Smith
1 month ago

I think Elon is going to experience the unfortunate ability of this nations corrupt legal system to single someone out and then make their life miserable, all without discretion.

RiverKing
RiverKing
Reply to  Dick Smith
1 month ago

…or verified, valid evidence.

Ronald Reason
Ronald Reason
Reply to  Dick Smith
1 month ago

It’s incredible to me that “corruption” is mentioned at the slightest whisper of an investigation. Not only has the misguided media created a story from nothing, but the audience immediately overfeeds and suggests scandal; now, that’s corruption! Good thing there’s a, “U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption”, and its “deleterious effects…”

Ronald Reason
Ronald Reason
1 month ago

Choose the best answer:
a)     May Be Facing Investigation
b)     is reportedly being investigated
c)     neither confirms nor denies the existence of any such investigation
d)     None of the above: https://www.pcrm.org/news/news-releases/physicians-group-asks-fda-investigate-elon-musks-neuralink-violations-federal

I do think the biggest problem newspapers have is loss of trust, and I feel that’s a result of failure to speak truth to power. – Craig Newmark

JNW
JNW
1 month ago

I find it interesting that people can become so worked up over use of animals for research but we have no qualms about eating them or the process of abortion and tissue harvesting. I guess it depends on who is doing it or their political affiliation. Amazing how weaponized the government and associated media have become and so few are alarmed by it.