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A viral claim that is catching on social media claims that Elon Musk’s Brain chip company Neuralink killed nearly 3,000 monkeys during the test. But the story was actually invented.
After musk presented the company’s latest work in a so-calledShow and tell” on Wednesday, a screenshot appeared online shows an alleged article by United States today Monkey death details.
“Elon Musk’s Neuralink implants have killed nearly 3,000 monkeys since last December. 98% mortality rate“, the alleged United States today headline specified.
The article, allegedly written by journalist Bailey Schulz, was quickly highlighted from many Musk’s critic.
“Elon Musk tortured 3,000 monkeys to death and somehow that’s not the most heinous thing he’s done this week,” one Twitter user wrote. Others questioned how Neuralink seemingly got away with killing thousands of primates.
Numerous verified accounts helped disseminate the screenshot resulting in countless retweets and likes.
Still the screenshot turns out to be edited. A look at the United States today Website shows that no such article exists. The screenshot appears to be an altered version of one actual article Written by Schulz on Tuesday in detail then forthcoming Neuralink event.
But during the 3,000 statistic is not trueNeuralink has admitted to euthanizing 15 of the 23 monkeys it experimented years before.
The experiments, as noted by the Medical Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), “resulted in chronic infections, seizures, paralysis, internal bleeding, and declining mental health.”
another monkey, according to documents received from the PCRM through a lawsuit, was also seen “repeatedly vomiting, gasping, gagging, and interacting very little with surroundings/observers” two days after the brain chip was installed.
A third monkey even had some fingers and toes missing “possibly from self-mutilation or other unspecified trauma.”
The fake United States today item came shortly thereafter Musk said he thought his brain chips might be tested on humans in just six months.
Why it matters
The fabricated United States today story helped distract attention from the legitimate criticism of Neuralink’s experiments. While 3,000 monkeys didn’t die, several were euthanized after being confronted with what some called barbaric.
The spread of such fake news only serves to downplay the legitimate ethical issues in relation to animal experiments and the further development of medical technology.
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https://www.dailydot.com/debug/neuralink-fake-screenshot-debunk/ Fake screenshot adds confusion to Neuralink’s monkey treatment