Illustration of Elon Musk standing at the top of a set of stairs. At the bottom of the steps, a disabled person who uses a wheelchair. Design by Hailey Kim | The Michigan Daily
Illustration of Elon Musk standing at the top of a set of stairs. At the bottom of the steps, a disabled person who uses a wheelchair. Design by Hailey Kim | The Michigan Daily

Brain chip development occurs at the expense of disabled people

The issue of exploiting inclusivity transpires in different technological feats, and Neuralink is a clear perpetrator.


Neuralink is a BCI technology company determined to make implantable brain chips that translate human thoughts into device operation. From SpaceX’s Mars colony missions to Tesla’s electric vehicle revolution, Musk’s companies have never shied away from lofty goals. Neuralink is no exception and currently has two distinct ambitions: full development of the brain chip itself and the surgical robot that does the implanting. Both the chip and robot have not only been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for clinical trials, but was also successfully used on Noland Arbaugh, a 29-year-old quadriplegic patient. After the robot needle punches 1,024 electrodes across key areas of the brain, the coin-sized chip decodes a person’s neural activity into commands for a smartphone to follow. Read more…


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