March 5, 2024

The pioneering brain-chip startup Neuralink has successfully implanted their first human patient with an innovative implant, as confirmed by the company’s founder Elon Musk.

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In a post on the social media platform X the following day, Musk expressed his satisfaction with the patient’s recovery and shared the encouraging news of promising neuron spike detection observed in the initial results.

The company received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year to commence its inaugural trial, evaluating the effectiveness of its implant on human subjects. This significant achievement marked a crucial milestone in the startup’s mission to assist patients in overcoming paralysis and various neurological disorders. Neuralink announced in September that it had obtained approval to begin recruiting participants for the human trial.

Musk elucidated in a post on X the mechanism by which the implant establishes a connection between the brain and various electronic devices. Furthermore, he emphasized the potential benefits of this implant for individuals with physical disabilities.

“The ability to control your phone or computer, and even other devices, solely through your thoughts is made possible by this technology. Its primary beneficiaries will be individuals who have lost the use of their limbs. Consider the possibility of Stephen Hawking communicating at a speed surpassing that of a professional typist or auctioneer. This is the ultimate objective,” he stated.

According to Neuralink, these implants, composed of “ultra-fine” threads, have the capability to transmit brain signals and link them to commands on electronic devices.

The company’s stated objective, as mentioned on their official website, is to develop a “comprehensive brain interface that can empower individuals with unaddressed medical requirements to regain their independence.” The PRIME (Precise Robotically Implanted Brain-Computer Interface) investigative study will encompass individuals with quadriplegia, spinal cord injuries, and even amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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