Elon Musk’s Neuralink has successfully implanted a computer chip into the human brain for the first time. Musk announced this historic achievement via a post on the social network X, revealing that the procedure took place on Sunday.
According to Musk, individuals who received the chip implant are currently in the recovery phase, with the detection of neural spikes indicating positive signs of activity. The newly unveiled product, named “Telepathy,” is promoted as a revolutionary step towards enabling individuals to control electronic devices such as phones and computers with their thoughts.
It is said that Telepathy was initially designed to help those who have lost limbs, however, the primary focus of Neuralink’s chip implant technology is to empower individuals with severe paralysis, allowing them to utilize various techniques through neural signals.
Musk expressed his goal by mentioning a hypothetical scenario: “What if scientist Stephen Hawking could communicate faster than the speed of a typist?” According to Musk, this technology holds the potential to be a game-changer for individuals who are physically weak but mentally sharp individuals.
Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Neuralink to proceed with human chip implants, marking a significant regulatory milestone. However, the exact number of participants in the trial has not been disclosed by Neuralink.
In a competitive landscape, other companies are also making strides in brain-computer interfaces. Paradromics, a key player in this race, is set to implant a chip in a human for the first time by the middle of this year, as reported by CNBC. Additionally, Precision Neuroscience released a study last year exploring the feasibility of implanting a chip in the human brain.