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Elon Musk says Neuralink is first to implant computer chip in human brain

Neuralink has integrated the first computer chip into a human brain, its founder Elon Musk announced on social media Monday, marking a major milestone in the field of neuroscience and a giant leap in the company’s efforts to promote brain implants. brain-machine interface.

In a post on X, Musk said a human volunteer underwent surgery last Sunday to receive the Neuralink-designed chip. He added that the patient was recovering well.

“Initial results show promising detection of neuronal spikes,” Musk said in his message.

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Neurons are cells that make up the brain and nervous system. According to the Queensland Brain Institute, spikes occur when neurons communicate with each other via electrical and chemical signals, allowing us to move, think, form memories and more.

The implant results bring Neuralink closer to launching its first product, called Telepathy, Musk said in another statement Tuesday. job. The offer would allow users to have “control of [their] phone or computer, and through them almost any device, just by thinking,” added the billionaire.

Neuralink did not immediately respond to CBS MoneyWatch’s request for comment.

The move, the first of its kind, comes just months after the company revealed it had won regulatory approval to test its brain chips on humans. Neuralink has received widespread criticism in recent years for conducting medical research involving testing its chip on live monkeyswhich resulted in the deaths of around 1,500 animals between 2018 and 2022, Reuters reported.

The controversial tests subjected the company to a federal investigation, in addition to earning it criticism from its own employees, the publication wrote at the time.

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