Ever since Musk's announcement of developing the brain implant, scientists have been skeptical.
Despite the ethical concerns from scientists, the independent review board has approved the beginning of Neuralink's human trial.
Neuralink is developing a brain-computer interface to study brain signals, and Musk aims to advance it into a 'brain computer' to keep up with AI.
The start-up is looking for participants with quadriplegia due to vertical spinal cord injury or ALS.
The BCI will be implanted into the brain region that controls movement, enabling them to control a computer cursor/keyboard with their thoughts.
The safety and functionality of the technology will be tested.
Neuralink was previously criticized for causing undue suffering to pigs that had to be euthanized after the device was implanted in the wrong position.
It is still under investigation by the Dept. of Agriculture and Dept. of Transportation over animal abuse and improper use of biohazardous materials.