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Musk says his company Neuralink installed a brain implant in its first patient

The tycoon Elon Musk said on Monday that his company Neuralink installed a brain implant in its first human patient with initial results”promising”.

The neurotechnology company co-founded by Musk in 2016 aims to build direct communication channels between the brain and computers.

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The objective is to improve human capabilities, treat neurological disorders such as Parkinson’sand perhaps one day we will achieve a symbiotic relationship between humans and artificial intelligence.

The first human received a Neuralink implant yesterday and is recovering well”, wrote Musk on X, formerly Twitter.

Initial results show promising detection of neural spikes” he added.

The coin-sized implant is surgically placed in the brain. Until now it had been tested on monkeys, who learned to play video games Pong no joystick or keyboard.

Last year, the company said it had won approval from US regulators to test its brain implants in people.

Founded in 2016, Neuralink is not the first to carry out this type of implant in humans, an area known as brain-computer interface.

The Dutch company Forward announced in September that it was testing the coupling of a brain implant with another that stimulates the spinal cord, to allow a quadriplegic patient to regain mobility.

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In 2019, researchers from the institute Clinatec de Grenoble They presented an implant that allowed a quadriplegic person to animate an exoskeleton and move their arms or move around.

According to the data company proposal booklast year Neuralink, based in Californiait had more than 400 employees and raised at least $363 million.

Elon Musk intends to offer its implant to everyone, to improve communication with computers and contain, as it states, “risk to our civilization” which represents the artificial intelligence.

Source: Elcomercio

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