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Elon Musk says his startup Neuralink has implanted a device in its first human

user avatar Author: Editors Desk Source: NBC News
January 30, 2024 at 06:23
Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla and X, at a symposium in Krakow, Poland on Jan. 22.Beata Zawrzel / AP
Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla and X, at a symposium in Krakow, Poland on Jan. 22.Beata Zawrzel / AP

Musk said the first product from the brain-science startup is called Telepathy and it will let people control their phones “just by thinking.”

Tech billionaire Elon Musk said Monday that his brain-science startup company, Neuralink, had implanted a device in a human for the first time, a possible step toward a product that he said would allow people to control almost any external device “just by thinking.” 

Musk made the announcement on X. He said the patient, whom he did not identify, “received an implant” Sunday and “is recovering well.” The initial results, he added, showed “promising neuron spike detection.” He gave no other details about the procedure, the patient or the device the company implanted. 

Scientists for decades have worked on similar ideas for brain-computer interfaces that, if successful, could one day assist people who are physically disabled, change how people communicate or more. 

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