Neuralink, founded by Musk, releases livestream showing quadriplegic playing online chess using brain-computer interface technology

Neuralink, founded by Musk, releases livestream showing quadriplegic playing online chess using brain-computer interface technology

Neuralink, Elon Musk’s brain-chip start-up, recently introduced Noland Arbaugh, a 29-year-old man, as their first patient to use their brain-computer interface technology. In a video posted on the X social media platform, Arbaugh demonstrated his ability to play online chess using only his mind. Arbaugh, who suffered paralysis from the shoulders down due to a diving accident, described the experience of using Neuralink as intuitive after practicing moving the cursor on the screen mentally.

Arbaugh shared that controlling the cursor felt like using “the Force” from the Star Wars films, where he could move it wherever he wanted by staring at a point on the screen. Following the surgery, Arbaugh expressed that the procedure was straightforward, and he was discharged from the hospital the next day. Despite acknowledging that the technology was not flawless and some issues had arisen, Arbaugh emphasized that it had already transformed his life.

Elon Musk, the co-founder of Neuralink, claimed that the company had achieved telepathy by enabling individuals to control a computer through their thoughts alone. However, the authenticity of this claim could not be verified independently. Neuralink had previously showcased a video of a monkey playing Pong using its mind, demonstrating the potential applications of their technology.

While Neuralink has made significant strides in advancing brain-chip technology, other companies like Synchron in Australia have also made progress in enabling patients to interact with computers using implants. Synchron utilizes a less invasive technique that does not require debulking the skull, showcasing the diversity of approaches in the field of brain-computer interfaces.

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