Elon Musk announced that a Neuralink implant been placed in a human.
“The first human received an implant from @Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well. Initial results show promising neuron spike detection,” Musk noted in a post on X.
The company is seeking to place an implant in people’s brains to enable them to control technology with their thoughts. Neuralink also has longer-term aspirations to eventually “restore capabilities such as vision, motor function, and speech, and eventually expand how we experience the world,” according to its website.
“The first @Neuralink product is called Telepathy,” Musk explained in another post. “Enables control of 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. Imagine if Stephen Hawking could communicate faster than a speed typist or auctioneer. That is the goal.”
According to information about Neuralink’s clinical trial, the technology will be implanted in participants’ brains using a surgical robot.
“The PRIME Study – a groundbreaking investigational medical device trial for our fully-implantable, wireless brain-computer interface (BCI) – aims to evaluate the safety of our implant and surgical robot, and assess the initial functionality of our BCI for enabling people with quadriplegia to control external devices with their thoughts,” the company states.
In a post last year, Musk said that “in the long term, Neuralink hopes to play a role in AI risk civilizational risk reduction by improving human to AI (and human to human) bandwidth by several orders of magnitude.”
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