Neuralink's Human Trial Success: Patient Fully Recovers, Navigates Mouse with Mind Power

Neuralink's Human Trial Success: Patient Fully Recovers, Navigates Mouse with Mind Power

By Staff Writer, 21 February 2024

The first human recipient of a brain-chip implant from Neuralink has reportedly made a full recovery and is now capable of manipulating a computer mouse solely through their thoughts, according to Elon Musk, the founder of the startup.

Speaking during a Spaces event on the social media platform X late on Monday (19/2), Musk expressed optimism about the progress, stating, "Progress is good, and the patient seems to have made a full recovery, with no ill effects that we are aware of. Patient is able to move a mouse around the screen by just thinking."

Musk revealed that Neuralink's current focus is on maximizing the number of mouse button clicks achieved by the patient, showcasing the significant strides made in neural technology.

The successful implantation of the chip in the first human subject occurred last month, following approval for human trial recruitment granted in September.

Neuralink's study involves the utilization of a robotic system to precisely position a brain-computer interface implant within a specific region of the brain responsible for movement intentions.

The primary objective of this initiative, as described by Neuralink, is to empower individuals to control a computer cursor or keyboard using their thoughts, paving the way for revolutionary advancements in neurotechnology.

Source: Kanjyik Ghosh / Reuters

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