Musk start-up placed the first chip in the human brain

Neuralink, the start-up company of technology billionaire Elon Musk, has placed a brain implant in a patient for the first time since its establishment. “The first person to receive a Neuralink implant yesterday is doing well,” Musk wrote on text messaging service X, formerly known as Twitter, on Monday. Initial results on neuronal activity are “promising.”

Founded in 2016, the company received approval from US authorities last year to test implants in the human brain. Implants are about the size of five coins stacked on top of each other. These devices, which aim to help people with neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also aim to establish a direct connection between the brain and computers and artificial intelligence, thus increasing human capabilities.

“It allows you to control your cell phone, computer, and almost any device just by thinking,” Musk wrote on X on Monday. “The first users will be those who can no longer move their limbs.”

Neuralink isn’t the only company working on brain-computer interfaces. In July 2022, Australia-based competitor Synchron announced that it was the first company to implant the corresponding chip into the brain of a US patient.

(APA/AFP)

Source: Vienna

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