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According to Reuters, the medical device company is expected to start its first human trial ‘later this year’
Claim: Elon Musk’s brain implant company Neuralink has already begun human trials for its brain implants.
Why we fact-checked this: The claim was made in a June 25 YouTube video that has 17,000 views, 1,100 likes, and 122 comments as of writing.
The title of the video states: “Nagsisimula na ang Bagong Brain Implant sa Human Trial – Neuralink Update!” (New brain implant begins human trial – Neuralink update!)
The video was posted by the channel Sa Iyong Araw, which has been fact checked numerous times by Rappler before, most recently for claiming that the Yellowstone volcano is due for an eruption soon.
The bottom line: The neurotechnology company Neuralink has not yet started human trials. Rappler debunked a similar claim that circulated on Facebook on June 12.
On June 16, Reuters reported that Musk expects Neuralink to start its first brain implantations in humans “later this year.” Musk made the announcement at the 2023 Viva Technology conference in Paris, France.
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