First important step forward in chip testing Neuralink, the entrepreneur’s start-up Elon Musk which aims to revolutionize healthcare with its device implanted in the human brain. In fact, after having conducted the analyzes on animals, the Tesla and X magnate’s company continued its work, arriving on Sunday 28 January to implant the chip “Telepathy” about a 40-year-old who, according to what Musk himself reported on social media, is well and has provided important results in the experimentation.
First Neuralink chip in the human brain
A small, but big, step by Neuralink towards its final goal, namely that of producing and implanting its own chips in the human brain in complete tranquility to restore “mobility” to paralyzed patients. After having carried out his own experimentation in animals increasingly closer to humansElon Musk’s start-up reached its first milestone last Sunday, namely the operation to which a man was subjected.
The chip, called “Telepathy,” fit perfectly implanted in the brain and the operation was called a success by Musk who on X emphasized that the patient “he is recovering well” and that “initial results show promising neuron spike detection.”
But Neuralink, it should be noted, is certainly not the first company that aims to create brain chips. In fact, in September 2023 the Dutchman Onwards announced that it had tested the coupling of a brain implant with another that stimulates the spinal cord, in 2019 instead it was the institute Clinatec of Grenoble who had presented an implant that once applied would allow a quadriplegic person to animate an exoskeleton and move their arms or move around.
Who will have the chip implanted?
But what does the Neuralink chip consist of? Unlike those mentioned by Onward and Grenoble, that of Musk’s start-up promises to control your phone or computer simply “with the power of thought”. In short, the device promises to revolutionize the human brain via chip capable of helping those with neurological problems and traumatic injuries by reading the waves to celebrate them. It is a “brain-computer interface” for capturing the electrical activity of neurons and converting the signals into commands for control an external device.
The device, which can only be implanted in paraplegic patients with neurological problems and injuries, is made up of four components that decode the brain commands to be sent to the personal computer or smartphone to be controlled. The device is completely invisible from the outside and the patient, once fully operational, will be able to move the mouse and type on the keyboard without moving the limb.
It is a chip that, according to estimates, It costs $10,000 and the patient, between the implant and other various expenses, is asked at least four times more by Neuralink.
Hunt for volunteers for the experimentation
The entire scientific project is still being checked by the Food and Drug Administration, which however gave the green light to the experimentation in May. After obtaining positive results on macaques, who were able to play the video game “Pong” without a controller or keyboard, the project moved on to humans.
Neuralink has been working for months looking for volunteers for human testing, with clear requirements. The patient must be American, of age, able to demonstrate his/her participation in the test and must be suffering from one or more diseases such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, loss of vision or hearing, inability to speak and/or amputation of a limb.