Earlier this week, Elon Musk announced that his company Neuralink had implanted a brain device in its first human subject. The billionaire reported 'promising' preliminary results from the procedure.
Elon Musk co-founded the neurotechnology company in 2016. The company aims to build direct communication channels between the brain and computers. The goal is to enhance human capabilities through increasing cognition, address neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, and ultimately establish a symbiotic connection between humans and artificial intelligence.
"The first human received an implant from Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well. Initial results show promising neuron spike detection," said Elon Musk on X.
Elon Musk stated that the technology allows control of your phone or computer, and through them, almost any device, simply by thinking. He pointed out that initial users would include 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," he further added.
Last year, the startup announced receiving approval from US regulators to conduct tests of its brain implants in individuals. Neuralink's technology primarily operates via an implant named the "Link," which is approximately the size of five stacked coins and is inserted into the human brain through invasive surgery, as per a report by AFP. Pitchbook, a data company, reported that Neuralink, headquartered in California, had over 400 employees last year and secured a minimum of $363 million in funding.
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