Elon Musk says Neuralink implanted a device in a patient's brain
Neuralink, a company working on developing computer interfaces that can be implanted in the human brain, implanted its first device in a patient on Sunday, its founder Elon Musk said.
Mr Musk, the billionaire chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, said on Monday the company's first product was called telepathy and would allow a human to control a phone or computer “just by thinking”.
“The initial users will be those who have lost the use of their limbs,” Mr Musk said. wrote In a series of posts on his social media platform X. “Imagine if Stephen Hawking could communicate faster than a speed typist or even an auctioneer.”
Mr Musk and Neuralink did not provide further details about who received the implant or whether it was working. Mr Musk did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
In November 2022, Mr Musk predicted that the company would begin testing in humans within six months. At the time, Neuralink demonstrated a product in a video that purportedly showed two monkeys moving a computer cursor with their brains, a feat that had been shown possible in humans more than 15 years earlier.
While Mr. Musk is often optimistic about the predictions for his companies, some of which have not yet materialized, Neuralink received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin human trials last May.
The company's website currently says its “first clinical trial is open for recruitment” for people who have lost both hands due to cervical spinal cord injury or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurological disorder that affects nerve cells. Make limited or no use of.
“This study involves implanting a small, cosmetically invisible implant in a part of the brain that plans movements,” Neuralink's Website Reads. “The device is designed to interpret a person's neural activity so they can operate a computer or smartphone with just the intention to move – no wires or physical activity required.”
At a Neuralink presentation in late 2022, Mr Musk said the company's devices would eventually allow blind people to see or someone with a severed spinal cord to give “full-body functionality”. At the time his claims were met with skepticism by experts who argued that science had not yet advanced that far.