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Musk's startup implants the first chip in the human brain – the world –

Musk's startup implants the first chip in the human brain – the world –


Elon Musk finds brain transplant results “promising”
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Neuralink, a startup owned by tech billionaire Elon Musk, has inserted a brain implant into a patient for the first time since its founding. “The first person received a Neuralink implant yesterday and is recovering well,” Musk wrote on Monday on the SMS service X, formerly Twitter. Preliminary results of neuronal activity are “promising.”

The company, which was founded in 2016, obtained approval from the US authorities last year to test human brain organ transplants. The implants are about the size of five coins stacked on top of each other. It aims to help people with neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but it also essentially enables direct communication between the brain, computers and artificial intelligence and thus augments human capabilities.

“It allows you to control your cell phone, your computer, almost any device, just by thinking,” Musk wrote on X on Monday. “The first users will be those who can no longer move their limbs.”

Neuralink isn't the only company working on brain-computer interfaces. In July 2022, Australian-based competitor Synchron announced that it was the first company to attach a corresponding chip to the brain of an American patient.

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