Neuralink implants brain chip in first human, Musk says

Neuralink implants brain chip in first human, Musk says

/ 10:13 AM January 30, 2024
Neuralink implants brain chip in first human
FILE PHOTO: Neuralink logo and Elon Musk photo are seen in this illustration taken, on December 19, 2022. Musk said the first human patient received an implant from brain-chip startup Neuralink on Sunday, January 29, 2024, and is recovering well REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

The first human patient received an implant from brain-chip startup Neuralink on Sunday and is recovering well, the company’s billionaire founder Elon Musk said.

“Initial results show promising neuron spike detection,” Musk said in a post on social media platform X on Monday.

Spikes are activity by neurons, which the National Institute of Health describes as cells that use electrical and chemical signals to send information around the brain and to the body.

The United States Food and Drug Administration had given the company clearance in 2023 to conduct its first trial to test its implant on humans. In September, Neuralink said it received approval for recruitment for the human trial for paralysis patients.


READ: Elon Musk’s Neuralink gets US FDA approval for human clinical study of brain implants

The study uses a robot to surgically place a brain-computer interface (BCI) implant in a region of the brain that controls the intention to move, Neuralink said previously, adding that its initial goal is to enable people to control a computer cursor or keyboard using their thoughts alone.

The implants’ “ultra-fine” threads help transmit signals in participants’ brains, Neuralink has said.

The first product from Neuralink would be called Telepathy, Musk said in a separate post on X.


The startup’s PRIME Study is a trial for its wireless brain-computer interface to evaluate the safety of the implant and surgical robot.

Neuralink did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for further details.


READ: Brain implants could one day help disabled persons speak again

The company has faced calls for scrutiny regarding its safety protocols. Reuters reported earlier this month that the company was fined for violating US Department of Transportation (DOT) rules regarding the movement of hazardous materials.

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The company was valued at about $5 billion last June, but four lawmakers in late November asked the US Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Musk had misled investors about the safety of its technology after veterinary records showed problems with the implants on monkeys included paralysis, seizures, and brain swelling.

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