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Elon Musk’s Claims About Brain Company Mostly Backed by Science

Neuralink is one of the world’s most hyped biotech companies. Will it perform as promised? Here’s what scientists make of the hype. 

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Elon Musk has made plenty of claims about Neuralink Corp., his brain-machine interface company. On Twitter and on podcasts, the billionaire has touted abilities that sound nothing short of miraculous: easing depression, helping with obsessive compulsive disorder and treating traumatic brain injuries.

Now, Neuralink, whose work has largely been shrouded in secrecy, is set to give a public “progress update” on Friday.