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Breakthrough in Elon Musk’s Neuralink: Paralyzed Patient Plays Chess with Mind

Neuralink successfully implanted a brain chip in a paralyzed man allowing him to control a computer with his thoughts.


Elon Musk’s neurotechnology firm, Neuralink, has successfully implanted its pioneering N1 chip into a human patient’s brain, marking a significant advancement in the field of neurotechnology. The company, which received the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May of the previous year to commence its first human clinical study, has now demonstrated the chip’s capabilities through a live demonstration.

Transforming Lives Through Innovation

The recipient of the N1 chip, 29-year-old Noland Arbaugh, who suffered paralysis below the shoulders following a diving accident, has showcased his newfound ability to control a computer cursor and play chess using only his thoughts. The implantation procedure, which took place in January, involved the surgical insertion of the N1 chip into Arbaugh’s skull. This chip connects to the brain via ultra-fine threads containing 1,024 electrodes that can detect neural signals and stimulate neurons. Arbaugh, who was discharged from the hospital a day after the procedure, described the surgery as “super easy” and reported no cognitive impairments post-operation.

Technical Breakthroughs and Future Prospects

The N1 implant, encased in a biocompatible material designed to withstand harsh physiological conditions, represents a leap forward in neurotechnology. By wirelessly transmitting brain signals for processing and analysis, the device opens up new possibilities for individuals with mobility impairments. Arbaugh’s experience, captured in a livestream video shared by Neuralink, not only highlights the device’s potential to restore independence to those affected by paralysis but also underscores the ongoing journey towards further technological refinements and applications.

As Neuralink continues to develop and test its technology, the impact of such innovations on the lives of individuals with neurological conditions promises to be profound. Arbaugh’s story is a testament to the transformative power of neurotechnology, offering hope and a glimpse into a future where the barriers imposed by physical limitations can be overcome.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.