Tech billionaire Elon Musk says his company Neuralink has successfully implanted a single wireless brain chip into a human for the first time..
Initial results showed promising neuronal spikes, or nerve impulses, and the patient is recovering well, he said.
The company’s goal is to connect the human brain to computers, and it wants to help treat complex neurological diseases.
Several competing companies have already installed similar equipment.
BBC News contacted both Neuralink and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA allowed Mr. Musk and 039’s company to test the chip on humans in May, a critical milestone after earlier efforts to gain approval.
That gave the green light to start a six-year study in which a robot will surgically insert 64 flexible wires thinner than a human hair into the part of the brain that controls “movement” According to Neural ink.
The company says the threads allow the experimental implant, which runs on a wireless rechargeable battery, to record and wirelessly transmit brain signals to an app that decodes how a person intends to move.
Posting on X, the social media platform he owns, formerly known as Twitter, Musk said Neuralinkand#039’s first product is telepathy.
Telepathy, he said, allows you to control your phone or computer and control almost any device with them just by thinking and quot;.
banquette first users are those who lost the use of their members andquot; he continued.
Referring to the late British scientist who had motor neurone disease, he added: “Imagine if Stephen Hawking could communicate faster than a fast typist or an auctioneer. That’s the goal. andquot;
While Mr. Muskand#039’s involvement raises Neural ink’s profile, it faces competition, some of which have two decades of experience. Utah-based Blackrock Neurotech implanted its first of many brain-computer interfaces in 2004. Founded by the founder of Neural ink,
Precision Neuroscience aims to help the paralyzed as well. And its implant is like a very thin piece of tape that sits on the surface of the brain and can be implanted in a “cranial microslit” andquot; which according to it is a much easier procedure.
Existing equipment also produced results. Two recent US studies used implants to monitor brain activity while a person tried to speak, which could then be decoded to help them communicate..