The first human patient for Neuralink implanted with a brain chip appears to have made a ‘full recovery,’ according to Elon Musk.

“Progress is good and the patient seems to have made a full recovery, with neural effects that we are aware of,” Musk said in a Spaces event on X, according to the Daily Mail. 

“Patient is able to move a mouse around the screen by just thinking,” he reportedly added.

Musk announced last month his neurotechnology startup inserted its first implant into a human subject.

Elon Musk Announces Neuralink Inserts First Brain Chip Implant Into Human

“The first human received an implant from Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well. Initial results show promising neuron spike detection,” Musk said.

“The first Neuralink product is called Telepathy,” Musk said.

“Enables control of your phone or computer, and through them almost any device, just by thinking. Initial users will be 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 continued.

Daily Mail reports:

Musk said Neuralink is now trying to get as many mouse button clicks as possible from the patient.

Neuralink successfully implanted the 'Telepathy' chip on the patient last month, after receiving approval for human trial recruitment in September.

The identity of the first Neuralink patient is still unclear, however; MailOnline has contacted the firm for more information.

Neuralink's tech uses a robot to surgically place a brain-computer interface implant in a region of the brain that controls the intention to move.

The system consists of a computer chip attached to tiny flexible threads stitched into the brain by a 'sewing-machine-like' robot.

The robot removes a small chunk of the skull, connects the thread-like electrodes to certain areas of the brain, stitches up the hole and the only visible remains is a scar left behind from the incision.

Musk said that this procedure takes just 30 minutes, does not require general anaesthesia, and patients will be able to return home on the same day.


Per Reuters:

The study uses a robot to surgically place a brain-computer interface implant in a region of the brain that controls the intention to move, Neuralink has said, adding that the initial goal is to enable people to control a computer cursor or keyboard using their thoughts.

Musk has grand ambitions for Neuralink, saying it would facilitate speedy surgical insertions of its chip devices to treat conditions like obesity, autism, depression, and schizophrenia.

Neuralink, which was valued at about $5 billion last year, has faced repeated calls for scrutiny regarding its safety protocols. Reuters reported last month that the firm was fined for violating U.S. Department of Transportation rules regarding the movement of hazardous materials.

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