Elon Musk's Neuralink is starting to 'mess' with people's heads – literally! A neurotechnology company has announced it has performed its first human brain implant, just months after receiving interest from thousands of applicants. Neuralink received FDA approval last year to conduct human trials, and now, the first test has been conducted.
In an X Post On Tuesday, Musk announced, “The first human received an implant from @Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well. Initial results show good neuron spike detection. Here's everything you need to know about the Neuralink experiment.
All about the Neuralink experiment
The experiment, called the 'PRIME Study', is expected to last for 6 years. According to reports, the Neuralink 4mm-square chipset, called the N1, is meant to be implanted inside the skull. The chip is attached to very thin wires that lead into the brain. Wires can receive and detect brain signals transmitted between neurons, and they can even generate their own impulses that mimic neurons. Musk said the device was named Telepathy.
According to the company, the chip can connect with 1000 different brain cells. A patient can be implanted with 10 chips, the company said. The experiment builds on decades of technology aimed at implanting electrodes in human brains to interpret signals and treat conditions such as paralysis, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease, Bloomberg reported. This is one of 11 surgeries Neuralink aims to perform by 2024.
How does it help people?
According to Musk, this Neuralink experiment mainly aims to help people with paralysis. Over time, it has been effectively used to help people with vision and hearing impairments. But the ultimate goal? Merging humanity with artificial intelligence (AI), this is what Cyberpunk 2077 is all about.
Who is all eligible?
To be eligible for the study, there is one condition. Neuralink's patient registry application requires volunteers to suffer from one of the following conditions: quadriplegia, paraplegia, visual impairment or blindness, aphasia or inability to speak, hearing impairment or deafness, and/or major limb amputation (above or below the affected elbow and/or above or below the knee ).
Patients must also be legal adults, meaning at least 18 years of age and the age of majority in their state. They must also be US citizens or permanent residents.
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