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Elon Musk's Neuralink Makes Breakthrough: Quadriplegic Patient Plays Online Chess with Mind

Neuralink Corp. live-streams update with quadriplegic patient playing online chess using mind control. Patient Noland Arbaugh expresses gratitude for life-changing experience. Neuralink's wireless device holds promise for future applications.

In a groundbreaking development, Elon Musk's brain technology start-up, Neuralink Corp., live-streamed an update featuring its first brain implant patient. The quadriplegic man showcased his ability to play video games and online chess using only his mind.


Neuralink's implant revolutionizes the way patients interact with computers by allowing them to control devices through their thoughts. Musk has emphasized that the company's initial focus is on individuals with severe physical limitations, such as cervical spinal cord impairment or quadriplegia.


During the live-streamed event on Musk's social platform X, the patient, Noland Arbaugh, demonstrated his newfound abilities by playing chess and the popular game Civilization VI. Arbaugh expressed his astonishment, stating, "I had given up on playing that game."


The impact of the Neuralink implant on Arbaugh's life has been profound. He described the surgery as "super easy" and expressed gratitude for the life-changing experience. Arbaugh, who suffered a spinal cord injury eight years ago in a diving accident, was discharged from the hospital just one day after the successful Neuralink procedure in January.

While Arbaugh's progress is remarkable, he acknowledged that there is still room for improvement and further refinement of the technology. Neuralink aims to continue advancing its capabilities to enhance the lives of individuals with physical disabilities.


It is worth noting that similar demonstrations of cursor control using thoughts have been conducted in the past, utilizing various types of implants deployed by research institutions and hospitals like the Braingate consortium. However, Neuralink's device stands out due to its higher number of electrodes, suggesting a wider range of potential applications in the future.


One notable feature of the Neuralink device is its wireless functionality, eliminating the need for a wired connection to external devices. This wireless capability enhances the user experience and opens up possibilities for seamless integration with a variety of technologies.

 
  • Neuralink Corp. live-streams update with quadriplegic patient playing online chess using mind control

  • Patient Noland Arbaugh expresses gratitude for life-changing experience

  • Neuralink's wireless device holds promise for future applications


Source: SCMP

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