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Neuralink takes a new key step in the brain implant adventure

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The future is here. In any case, that’s what Elon Musk keeps telling us. To get 2024 off to a good start, its neurotechnology company working on brain implants with direct neural interfaces. The promises are enough to make anyone's eyes light up: with Neuralink, Elon Musk promises to cure the incurable. After long years of research and a standoff with the FDA (Food & Drug Administration), Neuralink was finally able to get down to business and placed its first implant on a human patient at the end of January.

Last month, a simple publication by Elon Musk on GOOD. Yesterday we had some news about this first clinical trial. In a Neuralink live broadcast on ~

At the age of 21, Noland Arbaugh suffered a diving accident which left him quadriplegic and turned his life upside down. When Neuralink looks for human guinea pigs to test its brain implant, promising to be able to control a computer through thought, the 29-year-old responds. Almost two months after the installation of Neuralink's brain chip, Noland Arbaugh seems to be doing like a charm.

This Wednesday, March 20, 2024, Neuralink launched a live around ten minutes on X (formerly Twitter). We see an engineer from the neurotechnology company with their very first human patient. The young man shares his experience with a background of Justin Timberlake… Until he cuts the music with his brain. Noland Arbaugh is excited to be part of this experiment and shows people what he can do with Neuralink's brain implant.

So, we see him playing chess online. “It’s crazy, it’s really crazy. It’s so cool, I’m so lucky to be a part of this. Every day it's like learning new things and I can't explain how cool it is to be able to do that” he confided during this live on Elon Musk's social network.

These first images of a human with the Neuralink brain implant are impressive. “It’s like using the Force”laughs Noland Arbaugh. From a scientific point of view, the prowess of Neuralink is remarkable. Despite everything, a certain opacity surrounds the project and this is what worries the experts. Accusations of animal abuse, lack of registration on the ClinicalTrials.gov site, vague objectives, lack of precision on the location of the implants in the brain… The ethics of the Neuralink project are regularly called into question.

Still, at present, the first installation of Neuralink's brain implant is a success and seems to help the neurotechnology company's first human patient. In particular, he was able to play Civilization VI, even though he had abandoned the idea of ​​playing a video game again.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116