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Musk's Neuralink demonstrates first brain-chip patient playing online chess

Neuralink logo and Elon Musk picture are featured in this illustration shot, December 19, 2022

March 20 (mod1s) - Elon Musk's brain-chip business Neuralink livestreamed on Wednesday its first patient implanted with a device utilizing his thoughts to play online chess.

Noland Arbaugh, the 29-year-old patient who was paralyzed below the shoulder following a diving accident, played chess on his laptop and manipulated the cursor using the Neuralink gadget. The implant attempts to allow users to operate a computer cursor or keyboard using just their thoughts.Arbaugh had gotten an implant from the business in January and could manipulate a computer mouse with his thoughts, Musk claimed last month.

"The surgery was super easy," Arbaugh said in the video aired on Musk's social media site X, referring to the implant process. "I actually got discharged from the hospital a day later. I have no cognitive impairments. "I had basically given up playing that game," Arbaugh said, referring to the game Civilization VI, "you all (Neuralink) gave me the ability to do that again and played for 8 hours straight."Elaborating on his experience with the new technology, Arbaugh remarked that it is "not perfect" and they "have run into some issues." 

"I don't want people to think that this is the end of the journey, there's still a lot of work to be done, but it has already changed my life," he continued. 

Kip Ludwig, former program director for neural engineering at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, said what Neuralink revealed was not a "breakthrough."

"It is still in the very early days post-implantation, and there is a lot of learning on both the Neuralink side and the subject's side to maximize the amount of information for control that can be achieved," he noted. 

Even yet, Ludwig said it was a great development for the patient because they have been able to connect with a computer in a manner they were not able to before the implant. "It's certainly a good starting point," he remarked. 

Last month, Reuters reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors identified difficulties with record keeping and quality controls for animal studies at Elon Musk's Neuralink, less than a month after the business declared it was allowed to test its brain implants in people. Neuralink did not reply then to inquiries concerning the FDA's examination.


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