Washington, Jan 29 (EFE).- The company Neuralink, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, has already implanted the first brain chip in a human, the businessman wrote Monday on social media.
“The first human received an implant from Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well,” Musk wrote on his X profile. “Initial results show promising neuron spike detection.”
The news of the implant comes nine months after the Food and Drug Administration gave its approval for the company to begin conducting studies in humans.
The function of the implant will be to “read” brain activity to transmit orders that help restore some severely damaged brain functions after a heart attack or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which lead to serious damage to communication capacity.
Until now, brain implants have been developed in only one direction: from the brain to the outside (generally a computer that processes the signals), but the Neuralink project aims to be able to also transfer information in the other direction, towards the brain.
Neuralink is developing two types of implants in parallel, one to restore vision or provide it to those born blind, and another to restore basic bodily functions in people with paralysis due to spinal cord damage. EFE