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Neuralink is an American neurotechnology company founded by Elon Musk and eight others, reported to be developing implantable brain–computer interfaces (BCIs). The company's headquarters are in San Francisco;[3] it was started in 2016 and was first publicly reported in March 2017.[1][4] The trademark "Neuralink" was purchased from its previous owners in January 2017.[5]

Neuralink Corp
IndustryBrain-computer interface
FoundedJuly 2016; 2 years ago (2016-07)[1]
  • Ben Rapoport
  • Dongjin Seo
  • Elon Musk
  • Max Hodak
  • Paul Merolla
  • Philip Sabes
  • Tim Gardner
  • Tim Hanson
  • Vanessa Tolosa
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, United States
Key people
Elon Musk (CEO)

Wait But Why reported in April 2017 that Musk said the company aims to make devices to treat serious brain diseases in the short-term, with the eventual goal of human enhancement.[2][3][6] In June 2016, Musk discussed a science fiction concept called "neural lace" that is part of the fictional universe in The Culture, a series of novels by Iain M. Banks.[6][7]

As of 2018, the company had applied for a license to open an animal testing facility in San Francisco but apparently had not opened one, and instead carried out research at UC Davis.[8]

As of 2018, Neuralink is headquartered in San Francisco's Mission District, sharing an office building with OpenAI, another company co-founded by Musk.[8]


  1. ^ a b Winkler, Rolfe (March 27, 2017). "Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers". Wall Street Journal.
  2. ^ a b Urban, Tim (20 April 2017). "Neuralink and the Brain's Magical Future". Wait But Why.
  3. ^ a b Masunaga, Samantha (21 April 2017). "A quick guide to Elon Musk's new brain-implant company, Neuralink". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Statt, Nick (March 27, 2017). "Elon Musk launches Neuralink, a venture to merge the human brain with AI". The Verge.
  5. ^ Meet the Guys Who Sold "Neuralink" to Elon Musk without Even Realizing It, April 4, 2017, MIT Technology Review
  6. ^ a b Newitz, Annalee (March 27, 2017). "Elon Musk is setting up a company that will link brains and computers". Ars Technica.
  7. ^ Cross, Tim (31 March 2017). "The novelist who inspired Elon Musk". 1843 Magazine.
  8. ^ a b Conger, Kate. "Elon Musk's Neuralink Sought to Open an Animal Testing Facility in San Francisco". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2018-10-11.