Neuralink receives $280 million funding from a familiar name

Emre Çitak
Aug 9, 2023

Neuralink, the ''brain-hacking'' firm backed by entrepreneur Elon Musk, has successfully secured a staggering $280 million in funding for their cutting-edge brain-computer interface (BCI) project.

Imagine if your brain could talk to a computer directly. Like, you think of something, and the computer understands it. That's what Neuralink is working on - a brain-computer interface.

Now, here's the twist. While this brain-computer thing sounds awesome, there's also a debate that you can't ignore. Neuralink is doing tests on animals to make sure everything's safe. But some people are worried if it's okay to test on animals. It's like a superhero dilemma - using science for good, but also making sure it's responsible.

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Company working on brain implants finally gets the funding it was waiting for - Image courtesy of Neuralink

Peter Thiel becomes Musk's savior

Elon Musk's Neuralink got a massive amount of money, $280 million to be exact,  to keep working on their brain-computer idea, with help from Peter Thiel's Founders Fund.

Even though works of Neuralink have been repeatedly rejected by the supervisory boards, such funding is crucial for the complex and resource-intensive research that Neuralink is pioneering, ultimately aiming to seamlessly integrate technology with the human brain, which finally got the approval of FDA.

Neuralink revealed through a brief xeet on Monday that it has secured $280 million in Series D funding from Peter Thiel.

Who is Peter Thiel?

Born on October 11, 1967, in Frankfurt, West Germany, Peter Thiel is a pretty remarkable entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and someone who's into making a big impact on the world.

In 2002, Peter Thiel founded Clarium Capital Management LLC, a hedge fund that focused on global macro investment strategies. The firm initially experienced growth, with its assets under management reaching $8 billion in 2008.

Peter Thiel's most notable ventures include co-founding PayPal and Palantir Technologies. He co-founded PayPal, a successful online payment platform, after merging his company Confinity with

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Musk's relationship with Peter Thiel dates back to PayPal days - Image from @elonrmuskk/Instagram

PayPal revolutionized online money transfers and was eventually acquired by eBay in 2002. Thiel's involvement in PayPal's success led to significant recognition in the tech industry. He also co-founded Palantir Technologies in 2004, a company specializing in data analytics.

Apart from his entrepreneurial pursuits, Thiel is known for his investments in various startups, including a notable early investment in Facebook.


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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

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  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong..

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: []. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

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  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, has changed in quality.
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin:,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

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