Did Someone Just Agree to Have a Neuralink Implanted in Their Brain?

Elon Musk announced that his tech firm Neuralink has successfully implanted its wireless brain chip in a human for the first time, marking a significant leap forward in brain-computer interface technology. The tech billionaire shared the news on his social media platform, X (fka Twitter), stating that the initial results showed promising neuron spike detection, and the patient is recovering well.

“The first human received an implant from @Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well. Initial results show promising neuron spike detection,” Musk tweeted. He went on to unveil the company’s first product, named Telepathy, which aims to enable users to control their phones, computers, and almost any device through thought alone. The initial focus will be on individuals who have lost the use of their limbs, with the ambitious goal of enhancing communication for those facing challenges similar to the late Stephen Hawking.

Neuralink’s six-year study, granted approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May, involves the use of a robot to surgically place 64 flexible threads, thinner than a human hair, onto a part of the brain controlling “movement intention.” The experimental implant, powered by a wirelessly chargeable battery, records and transmits brain signals to an app that decodes the user’s intended movements.

Despite the significant strides made by Neuralink, the company faces stiff competition from established players in the brain-computer interface sector. Rivals, including Blackrock Neurotech, which implanted its first brain-computer interface in 2004, and Precision Neuroscience, a company founded by a Neuralink co-founder, are actively working towards similar goals. Precision Neuroscience’s implant, resembling a thin piece of tape, is designed to sit on the brain’s surface and can be implanted through a simpler procedure known as a “cranial micro-slit.”

In addition to Musk’s announcement, Chinese brain science and brain-computer interface companies experienced increased attention following Neuralink’s successful human implant. The move underscores the growing global interest in advancing neuroscience and unlocking the potential of brain-machine connectivity.

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