First Human Ever Receives Neuralink Implant

( – Elon Musk recently shared on Twitter that a Neuralink brain implant has been successfully planted in the brain of a human patient, which marks a huge milestone for the company. Musk revealed in the post that the person is recovering well, and early results indicate promising neuron spike detection.

In a subsequent post, Musk introduced the exact product inside of the tester, named Telepathy, explaining its capabilities to control devices like phones or computers through thought. The initial users are intended to be people who have lost the use of their limbs. Musk painted a futuristic picture, suggesting the device could enhance communication for people like Stephen Hawking, making communication faster and easier.

Previously, Musk described Neuralink’s device as a brain-implanted “Fitbit,” with the potential to record and stimulate brain activity. He has asserted that the technology could eventually address conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.

Neuroscientists, however, have expressed reservations about the device’s ability to “solve” mental health conditions or alter the brain when impacted by diseases like Alzheimer’s. Instead, they believe the technology may prove effective in stimulating electrodes to help paralyzed patients in achieving better mobility or assisting blind patients in regaining vision.

Despite initial setbacks with the FDA rejecting Neuralink’s request for human trials in March of the previous year, citing concerns about overheating, approval was eventually granted in May 2023. This approval prompted thousands of volunteers to sign up for the trial, offering to have a portion of their skull removed for the implant.

While Neuralink aspires to assist individuals with neurological disorders, it also envisions developing implants that enable users to send messages or play games using only their thoughts. Musk, who has expressed personal interest in having the chip implanted in his own brain, aims for Neuralink to create a powerful interface facilitating a symbiotic relationship between humans and artificial intelligence, enhancing cognitive processes.

Concerns have been raised from many scientists about the ethics of Neuralink’s technology and Musk’s ambitious promises. The long-term effects on the human patient have yet to be seen.

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