The Neuralink company has completed the successful implantation of its first wireless brain chip in a human being , who is recovering satisfactorily. Elon Musk shared on X that initial results reveal promising detection of neural spikes.
In previous statements, Elon Musk had expressed Neuralink’s intention to perform its first mechanical implants in humans by the end of 2020. Despite Musk’s optimistic outlook on timelines, the company has apparently managed to meet this goal on time.
Neuralink gained approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year, marking a significant milestone after previous challenges in gaining approval. With FDA clearance in hand, Neuralink began a 6-year study involving the use of a robot to surgically implant 64 flexible threads, thinner than a human hair, into the brain region responsible for regulating movement intention.
According to the company, these threads make it possible for its experimental device to capture and transmit brain signals wirelessly to an application that deciphers the person’s movement intentions. Additionally, the implant operates on a wirelessly rechargeable battery , which improves comfort for patients.
Telepathy: the Neuralink brain chip
The first product developed by Neuralink is called Telepathy and, according to Elon Musk, allows you to control a phone or a computer simply by thinking, as previously evidenced with experiments in which monkeys played the game Pong.
“It allows you to control your phone or computer and through them almost any device, just by thinking. Initial users will be those who have lost the use of their limbs“Musk continued in another post.
Musk’s brain-computer interface company finds itself competing with other players in the field, some of whom have experience stretching back two decades. For example, Blackrock Neurotech implanted the first of several brain-computer interfaces in 2004, while Precision Neuroscience, founded by a Neuralink co-founder, designed an implant that sits on the surface of the brain and can be implanted through a small slit. cranial, a procedure that is considered simpler compared to that of Neuralink.
Importantly, existing devices have also shown encouraging results in helping people with paralysis communicate. In recent research, implants were used to decipher the brain activity of people trying to speak and then translate that activity into text or speech.
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