Neuralink, Founded by Elon Musk, Announces First Human Implant

In the first human trial of the technology, Elon Musk claims that his company Neuralink has implanted an experimental brain device in a person. The coin-sized gadget is called a “brain-computer interface” by Neuralink. It is intended to be inserted into the brain by a surgical procedure. Musk made the announcement on his own social media platform, X. In addition, the rich businessman owns SpaceX and Tesla. His business, Neuralink, is focused on creating direct channels of communication between computers and the brain. Musk commented, “The first human received an implant from @Neuralink on Sunday and is healing nicely. He continued by saying that the implanted device’s initial results displayed “promising neuron spike” activity.

 

One way that neurons can interact with one another is called a spike. A neuron is described as “a nerve cell that carries messages between your brain and other parts of your body” in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary. The apparatus consists of a little computer and incredibly thin cables that link to the brain region responsible for motor intent. According to Neuralink, the device is intended to help those with severe spinal injuries restore movement and treat brain diseases. Officials from the company also say that it may be used in the future to restore vision to blind individuals. According to the business, one of the initial objectives of the brain-computer interface will be to enable users to operate simple computers just with their thoughts.

 

In May of last year, the FDA in the United States gave its approval for the Neuralink gadget to be tested on humans. “Telepathy” is the name of the initial Neuralink product, according to a different tweet Musk posted on X. According to him, the product’s objective is to enable people to operate computers or cellphones “just by thinking.” Musk added that those without the ability to use their arms or legs would be the initial users. The brain-computer interface system’s or comparable devices’ level of functionality in humans is still unknown. Experiments allowed by the FDA, such as the one approved for Neuralink, are designed to gather information about the efficacy and safety of proposed goods. In terms of creating systems to connect computers and the human nervous system, Neuralink is not alone.

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