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Elon Musk’s Neuralink implants first brain chip in human

First recipient of brain chip, known as "telepathy," is reportedly recovering well after procedure Neuralink owner Elon Musk. — AFP/file

In a groundbreaking move, Elon Musk’s company, Neuralink, has successfully implanted its first brain chip in a human for the first time, BBC reported.

The first recipient of the brain chip, known as “telepathy,” is reportedly recovering well after the procedure performed on Sunday.

The company finally got its clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May after facing much criticism.

The visionary behind the project, Elon Musk, shared the news on his X account. “Initial results show promising neuron spike detection,” he wrote.

The company’s goal is to connect human brains to computers, revolutionising the way patients with illnesses like Alzheimer’s are treated.

In addition, it aspires to enhance human capabilities and bring them to par with AI.

Musk said in an interview, “This ultimately has the potential to restore full body movement.

“In the long term, Neuralink hopes to play a role in AI risk reduction and civilizational risk reduction by improving human-to-AI (and human-to-human) bandwidth by several orders of magnitude. Imagine if Stephen Hawking had had this.”

Musk wasn’t the first to introduce a brain chip as long before he entered the game, Utah-based Blackrock Neurotech implanted its first of many brain-computer interfaces in 2004.

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