Elon Musk announced last night (29) that Neuralink performed the first transplant of a brain chip and a human being. The billionaire explained that the person is recovering well from the procedure.
“Initial results show promising detection of neuron spikes,” he revealed on X (formerly Twitter).
The first human received an implant from @Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well.
Initial results show promising neuron spike detection.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2024
In another publication, Musk commented that Neuralink's first product is called “Telephaty”, or “Telepathy” in Portuguese. The electronic product “allows you to control your phone or computer, and through them almost any device, just by thinking”, highlighted the businessman.
“Early users will be those who have lost use of members. Imagine if Stephen Hawking could communicate faster than a fast typist or an auctioneer. That’s the goal,” he wrote.
Enables control of your phone or computer, and through them almost any device, just by thinking.
Initial users will be those who have lost the use of their limbs.
Imagine if Stephen Hawking could communicate faster than a speed typist or auctioneer. That's the goal.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 30, 2024
The chip was surgically inserted by a robot that introduced 64 hair-thin strands into a region of the brain that controls “intention to move,” according to Neuralink.
The company Neuralink received approval from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in the United States in May last year to test brain chips on humans. In 2021, the company had begun testing on monkeys.
Experiments on animals were even the subject of several criticisms from institutions such as the US Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The committee accused the company of animal abuse, as most of the monkeys reportedly died in the tests.
At the end of 2022, the organization claimed to have received documents proving the “extreme suffering” suffered by monkeys used in Neuralink laboratories between 2017 and 2020.
In the more than 700 pages of the documents, there are reports that only 7 of the 23 monkeys survived the tests carried out by Neuralink and the University of California at Davis.
The other animals would have been euthanized or died under varying conditions — including untreated infections after surgical procedures, extreme fatigue, trauma and injuries that may have been caused by the animals themselves, with no confirmed connection to the implants.