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Neuralink brain chip has been implanted in a human for the first time

By T.K. Randall
January 30, 2024 · Comment icon 17 comments

Elon Musk during a previous Neuralink presentation. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Steve Jurvetson
Elon Musk's ambitious brain-computer interface startup has carried out its first ever human brain implant procedure.
Having previously been described by Musk as an answer to the existential threat of an artificial intelligence surpassing our own capabilities, Neuralink's work in enabling people to control computers using nothing but their own thoughts has certainly raised a few eyebrows in recent years.

At a glance, it may seem like an unnecessary exercise in dabbling a bit too far beyond the line that most people are likely to feel comfortable with, yet it does have the potential to make great strides in improving the lives of those with a variety of debilitating medical conditions ranging from locked-in-syndrome to paralysis.

It could also make it possible to enhance the human condition, providing 'powers' that could range from superior vision to the ability to replay memories inside one's own head.

Now Neuralink has taken one of its most significant steps forward to date with the announcement by Musk himself that the firm has successfully implanted a brain chip in a human patient.

"The first human received an implant from @Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well," he wrote.
"Initial results show promising neuron spike detection."

Neuralink was able to proceed with human trials after receiving approval from the US Food and Drug Administration last year.

Exactly what the implant will enable the human volunteer to do at this stage remains unclear, but if it works at all then it will undoubtedly represent a significant step forward for the company.

Whether or not Neuralink implants will ever go mainstream, however, remains to be seen.

Source: Reuters | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by preacherman76 30 days ago
Concerns over the safety is justified. It’s a new product with only one human trial. Not because he has a “propensity” to mislead the public. What the hell are they talking about? 
Comment icon #9 Posted by preacherman76 30 days ago
Then why was the author of this story afraid to put the words ‘extreme suffering’ in actual quotes? Hmm
Comment icon #10 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 30 days ago
From the article cited below: A national physicians group is asking the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate Elon Musk for possible securities fraud after he made a false and misleading statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, related to the safety of the brain-computer interface in development at his company Neuralink. On Sept. 10, Musk claimed, “No monkey has died as a result of a Neuralink implant.” He added, “First our early implants, to minimize risk to healthy monkeys, we chose terminal mon[k]eys (close to death already).” Yet public records obtained by the Ph... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by pellinore 30 days ago
Image how easy it would be to interact with each other if we all have Bluetooth chips in our brains! Plus, we could have instant, easy access to Google, Fb and Wikipedia! Life would be transformed.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 30 days ago
This old news, very old news. Elon was speaking about this alot before during and after. But thats the end product, meanwhile it has gynormous medical applications.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 30 days ago
Most if not all medical orgs employ animal testing, this is absolutely not surprising and because of the scope of this project im surprised that so few animal testers died. Neuralink is not the only one using invasive procedures in patients. There are plenty, like Kernel or Blackrock's Neuratech or the Bill Gates and Bezos founded Synchron who also employs implants and invasive procedures. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 30 days ago
It's not old news. As for the product's supposed 'gynormous' applications, Musk has proposed a long list of possibilities, but no indication on whether Neuralink is capable of taking on such an endeavour. In the meantime, we'll have to wait and see what happens with the implant patient. Neuralink does not keep precise records on the number of animals it's killed, but rough estimates place the figure at 1500. Current and past employees have stated the number of animals killed was higher than it should have been because of Musk's demands for speed. In comparison, Synchron has killed about 80 ani... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 30 days ago
I have no clue on how to quote
Comment icon #16 Posted by Occupational Hubris 29 days ago
This reads like a document you find in a Resident Evil game 
Comment icon #17 Posted by Antigonos 29 days ago
I wonder how long before Musk gives the command to execute Order 66.

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