Shown a copy of Musk’s remarks on X about Neuralink’s animal subjects being “close to death already,” a former Neuralink employee alleges to WIRED the claim is “ridiculous” if not a “straight fabrication.” “We had these monkeys for a year or so before any surgery was performed,” they say. The ex-employee, who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation, says up to a year’s worth of behavioral training was necessary for the program, a time frame that would exempt subjects already close to death’s door.
A former employee of Neuralink has disputed Elon Musk’s claim that the animal subjects used in the company’s experiments were “close to death already.” The employee, who spoke to WIRED on the condition of anonymity, called the claim “ridiculous” and possibly a fabrication. According to the ex-employee, the monkeys were under the company’s care for about a year before any surgical procedures took place. They also mentioned that up to a year of behavioral training was necessary for the program, which suggests that the subjects were not already in a critical condition before the experiments began.