Elon Musk’s Company Successfully Implants Chip in Human Brain

Billionaire Elon Musk announced that his neurotechnology company, Neuralink, has successfully implanted a chip in the human brain for the first time. According to Musk, the chip can control devices such as smartphones or gadgets simply by using thoughts.
Through his tweet, Musk mentioned that the first human has already received an implant from Neuralink, his brain implant startup company. He stated that the patient is recovering well.

“Initial results show promising neuron spike detection,” he said via his account X @elonmusk.

Elon Musk implants the chip in the brain and introduces Neuralink’s first product, Telepathy.

According to Musk, the initial users of this product are those who have lost functions of their limbs.

“The [chip] allows control over your phone or computer, and through the chip [to] nearly any device, just by thinking,” he tweeted.

He invites netizens to imagine someone like Stephen Hawking communicating faster than a typist or auctioneer. Hawking was a British physicist. The ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) disease he has suffered from since the age of 21 has left him paralyzed, relying on a wheelchair for mobility.

The plan to test implanting chips in the brain has been voiced by the company since last year.

As reported by CNN, they explained that the chip is inserted through surgery in the part of the brain that controls the urge to move.

The chip is implanted by a robot, then records and sends brain signals to an application. The initial goal is “to give people the ability to control a computer cursor or keyboard using their own thoughts”.

The company is seeking patients with spinal cord injuries or ALS who are directed to participate in the research for six years. Patients undergo 18 months of home and clinic visits followed by five years of additional visits.

Elon Musk implanting chips in the brain seems not to be a ‘playful’ product. Neuralink has begun offering brain implants to paralyzed patients.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted permission to the company last year to conduct the first trial to test its implants on humans.

In September, Neuralink stated that they had received approval to conduct human trials.

According to Reuters, the company has faced various lawsuits calling for examination of its safety protocols. Earlier this month, the company was also fined for violating US Department of Transportation regulations regarding the transportation of hazardous materials.

The company was valued at around $5 billion in June, but four members of parliament at the end of November asked the US Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Musk misled investors about the safety of his technology after veterinary records showed issues with implants in monkeys, including paralysis, seizures, and brain swelling.