January 30, 2024 – In a groundbreaking announcement made earlier today on platform X, Elon Musk revealed that for the first time in history, a human being has successfully undergone the implantation of a Neuralink brain-machine interface chip, with the recipient experiencing a smooth recovery.
“Initial results are extremely promising, particularly in the area of neuron spike detection,” Musk stated.
Neuralink, Musk’s brain-machine interface venture, aims to utilize tiny electrodes implanted in the brain. The ultimate goals of the company are lofty: to “cure significant diseases” and “achieve symbiosis with artificial intelligence.” This could potentially lead to restored mobility for paralyzed individuals and a return to sight for the blind.
Previously, Musk had teased the progress of Neuralink’s technology through the release of a test video. The footage, which garnered widespread attention, showcased a 9-year-old macaque named Pager using its thoughts to control a video game via the implanted Neuralink device. Researchers incentivized Pager’s participation in the test by offering a metal straw filled with a delicious banana milkshake, demonstrating the monkey’s ability to learn and harness its brain activity to manipulate a computer.