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Elon Musk announced that the first human with a brain chip can now control a computer mouse with his mind

2024-02-21T18:12:06.428Z

Highlights: Elon Musk announced that the first human with a brain chip can now control a computer mouse with his mind. He announced this less than a month after his company Neuralink performed the implant. "It seems that the patient recovered completely, without adverse effects," Musk said. The "start-up", co-founded by Musk in 2016, aims to build direct communication channels between the brain and computers. The company's ambition is to enhance human capabilities, treat neurological disorders and achieve a symbiotic relationship between humans and artificial intelligence.


He announced this less than a month after his company Neuralink performed the implant. "It seems that the patient recovered completely, without adverse effects."


Elon Musk

revealed surprising data about

Telepathy

, the first Neuralink brain chip implanted in a human.

The American magnate assured that the first patient was able to

move a computer cursor with thought

.

"It appears that the patient recovered completely (from the implantation)

without adverse effects

," Musk said in an interview broadcast on his

X

platform , formerly known as Twitter.

In addition, he is able to

"move the mouse cursor around the screen with just thought

," he revealed.

"We try to make as many button presses as possible come from thought," the tycoon added.

"You want to have, obviously,

more than just two buttons

."

How Telepathy, Neuralink's brain chip, works

Elon Musk, the mind behind the project.

(Neuralink Photo)

Neuralink's revolutionary technology works through a device the

size of five stacked coins

that is placed inside the human brain through

invasive surgery

.

The "start-up", co-founded by Musk in 2016, aims to build

direct communication channels between the brain and computers

.

Until now, brain implants were developed in only one direction: from the brain to the outside (generally a computer that processes the signals), but the Neuralink project aims to be able to

transfer information also in the other direction

, towards the brain.

The company's ambition is to enhance human capabilities,

treat neurological disorders

such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Parkinson's and, perhaps one day, achieve a

symbiotic relationship between humans and artificial intelligence

.

The Neuralink startup managed to focus specifically on designing implants for humans capable of

interpreting brain signals

in order to control different technologies and so that people who have lost senses such as vision, touch or speech can recover them.

Recently, the company specified that they were working in parallel with

two types of implants

, one to

restore vision

"even in those who have never had it" and another to restore basic bodily functions in

people with paralysis

due to spinal cord damage.

Neuralink began recruiting patients for its first-in-human clinical trial in the fall, after receiving approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May.

In 2021, Neuralink posted a video on YouTube showing a

monkey with a chip implanted in its brain playing a video game

that it controlled from its mind.

Video

Elon Musk's company continued its tests after working with pigs.

In the three-and-a-half-minute video, the nine-year-old monkey

Pager

plays a version of the classic video game Pong and every time he guesses correctly he receives a banana smoothie as compensation that is given to him through a straw.

A few months earlier, Neuralink successfully tested a chip in

pigs

that, implanted in the skull, allowed the animals' brain activity to be measured.

Musk is not the only one

trying to advance this field, officially known as brain-computer interface research.

After several delays, the tycoon would have tried to join forces with the implant developer

Synchron

.

That company, based in Australia, implanted its first device in a US patient in July 2022.

With information from agencies.

SL

Source: clarin

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