Elon Musk’s Neuralink implants brain chip in first human

30 January 2024

The first human patient has received an implant from brain-chip startup Neuralink on Sunday and is recovering well, the company’s billionaire founder Elon Musk said.

“Initial results show promising neuron spike detection,” Musk said in a post on the social media on Monday.

The study uses a robot to surgically place a brain-computer interface (BCI) implant in a region of the brain that controls the intention to move, Neuralink said previously, adding that its initial goal is to enable people with paralysis or neurological problems, to control a computer cursor or keyboard using their thoughts alone.

The first product from Neuralink would be called Telepathy, Musk said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had given the company clearance last year to conduct its first trial to test its implant on humans, a critical milestone in the startup’s ambitions to help patients overcome paralysis and a host of neurological conditions. The research will continue for approximately 6 more years.

Source: Reuters