Neuralink has implanted a brain chip into its first human patient, billionaire and founder of the company Elon Musk said on X.
“The first human received an implant from Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well. Initial results show promising neuron spike detection,” he wrote.
Spikes have been described as activity by neurons that use chemical and electrical signals to send information around the brain and to the body.
“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.”
Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the company the green light to conduct its first trials on humans.
The research involves using a robot to put a special device, called a brain-computer interface (BCI), into a part of the brain that controls the intention to move. The implant consists of “ultra-fine” threads that help transmit signals in its patients’ brains.
The company has faced criticism regarding its safety protocols after it was revealed by Reuters that Neuralink was fined for violating U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rules regarding the movement of hazardous materials.
Would you ever consider forming part of this trial?