Neuralink’s First Brain Implant Recipient Controls Computer Mouse With Thoughts

Using a brain implant, Elon Musk’s Neuralink has made it possible for the first human to operate a computer mouse, the tech mogul said during a recent Twitter Spaces event.

Elon Musk had previously announced that Neuralink had carried out its inaugural brain implant procedure, although specific details surrounding the process have not been disclosed. While the company had sought individuals with quadriplegia for the trial, the implantation itself is performed by a robotic surgeon.

During the Twitter Spaces event, Musk provided an update on the recipient’s condition, stating that the individual appears to be well with no reported adverse effects. Remarkably, the recipient is already using the implanted chip to control a computer mouse through the power of thought.

“Progress is good, and the patient seems to have made a recovery with no ill effects that we’re aware of and is able to control the mouse, move the mouse around the screen just by thinking,” Musk shared.

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Neuralink Advances Thought-Control Tech

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Using a brain implant, Elon Musk’s Neuralink has made it possible for the first human to operate a computer mouse, the tech mogul said during a recent Twitter Spaces event.

Neuralink’s ongoing work with the recipient aims to enhance the complexity of commands, expanding beyond basic mouse control. Musk outlined the company’s aspiration to enable a broader range of controls through thought, emphasizing the objective of achieving multiple button presses such as left mouse, right mouse, mouse down, and mouse up.

While the system, referred to as “Telepathy” by Musk, received regulatory approval for human trials in September, many aspects of the trials remain undisclosed. Neuralink’s methodology involves the use of a robot to surgically place a brain-computer interface implant in a region of the brain responsible for controlling movement intentions.

Elon Musk envisions Neuralink’s potential applications extending far beyond controlling computer devices. He has expressed aspirations for the technology to address various medical conditions, including obesity, autism, depression, and schizophrenia, through the expedited surgical insertion of chip devices.

Despite its groundbreaking potential, Neuralink has faced scrutiny, particularly regarding safety protocols. Last month, Reuters reported that the company was fined for violating U.S. Department of Transportation rules related to the transport of hazardous materials, adding a layer of oversight to Neuralink’s ambitious endeavors.

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