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Elon Musk says Neuralink installs brain implant in first human

By AFP

January 30, 2024 09:38 AM


Elon Musk says Neuralink installs brain implant in first human

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Elon Musk on Tuesday said his Neuralink startup had installed a brain implant in its first human patient with "promising" initial results.

The neurotechnology company co-founded by Musk in 2016 aims to build direct communication channels between the brain and computers.

The ambition is to supercharge human capabilities, treat neurological disorders like ALS or Parkinson's, and maybe one day achieve a symbiotic relationship between humans and artificial intelligence.

"The first human received an implant from Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well," Musk said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

"Initial results show promising neuron spike detection," he added.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1752098683024220632

The start-up last year said it won approval from US regulators to test its brain implants in people.

Neuralink's technology will mainly work through an implant called the "Link" -- a device about the size of five stacked coins that is placed inside the human brain through invasive surgery.

According to data company Pitchbook, last year California-based Neuralink had more than 400 employees and has raised at least $363 million.

Though he wins most of the headlines, Musk is hardly alone in trying to make advances in the field, which is officially known as brain-machine or brain-computer interface research.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1752119586470949056

Hit with delays, the tycoon had reportedly reached out to join forces with implant developer Synchron about a potential investment.

Unlike Neuralink's Link, its implant version does not require cutting into the skull to install it.

The Australia-based Synchron implanted its first device in a US patient in July 2022.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1752118131579867417What happens during the study?

During the study, the R1 Robot is used to surgically place the N1 Implant’s ultra-fine and flexible threads in a region of the brain that controls movement intention. “Once in place, the N1 Implant is cosmetically invisible and is intended to record and transmit brain signals wirelessly to an app that decodes movement intention. The initial goal of the BCI is to grant people the ability to control a computer cursor or keyboard using their thoughts alone,” the company wrote in its blog post.


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