Report: Feds Probe Elon Musk’s Neuralink For Animal Abuse: Feds
- Federal investigation into animal welfare abuses at Neuralink, Elon Musk’s brainchip company Neuralink, is underway reported Reuters.
- Since 2018, the company has killed around 1,500 animals. Many of these deaths could have been prevented.
- Reuters employees reported feeling rushed by Musk’s pressure cooker work environment. This led to careless errors.
Elon Musk’s brainchip business could be a problem for him as he manages multiple companies including SpaceX, Tesla and Twitter.
Reuters reported that NeuralinkThe US Department of Agriculture is investigating federal concerns about animal welfare.
Twenty-two former and current employees of the tech company said to Reuters that Musk’s pressure cooker work environment has made staffers feel rushed and has led to more animal suffering and death.
According to the report, approximately 1,500 animals, including monkeys, sheep, and pigs, have been killed by Neuralink testing in 2018.
Neuralink employees stated to Reuters that the company made numerous reckless mistakes, including using incorrect surgical glue or a wrong-sized brainchip. Scientists were forced to kill the animals and retry the experiments. Reuters could find no evidence that the federal probe had been triggered by the same issues in animal testing that it had discovered through interviews with employees.
Multiple workers reported that Musk told them to visualize a bomb strapped on their heads to get faster.
“We are simply unable to move fast enough,” he wrote. It is driving me crazy,” he wrote to staff earlier this year.
Representatives of Neuralink and US Department of Agriculture were unable to respond immediately to requests for comment. Reuters reports that Neuralink passed all USDA inspections of their facilities.
Musk founded Neuralink in 2016 with a group of engineers and scientists to develop brain chips that could read brain signals. Musk announced last week that it will begin human clinical trials next spring and promised to try the technology. brain chip device himself.
Musk said that despite the pressure Neuralink employees felt, he had told at least one ex-employee that he didn’t like using animals for research and that he wanted them “to be the happiest animals while alive.”
In the past, Neuralink was accused of animal abuse. An animal-rights group was formed earlier in the year. accused the company’s researchersIt was done to test brain implants.
One example of the incidents provided by the group was that a monkey had allegedly lost his fingers and toes after an experiment.
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