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Explained: The Neuralink Brain Implant: How Technology Operates and What’s Ahead?

<p>According to Elon Musk, the first human patient of his brain-chip business Neuralink had a brain implant on Sunday and is doing well.</p>
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<p>In a post on X, Musk said that Neuralink’s initial product will be named Telepathy (previously Twitter). He said, “The preliminary data indicate promising neuron spike detection.”</p>
<p>The startup intends to assist treat complicated neurological diseases by bridging the gap between human brains and computers. According to Musk, telepathy would allow for “control of your phone or computer, and through them almost any device, just by thinking.”</p>
<p><strong>NEURALINK: WHAT IS IT?</strong><br />
Musk co-founded the neurotechnology startup Neuralink in 2016 with a group of scientists and engineers to create direct neural-computer connection.</p>
<p>Enhancing human potential, treating neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s or ALS, and eventually establishing a mutually beneficial partnership between humans and artificial intelligence are the ultimate goals.</p>
<p>With the use of electrical stimulation, the technology can capture, decode, and then send information back to the brain.</p>
<p>The California-based firm has raised at least $363 million and employed over 400 people as of last year.</p>
<p>Additionally, Neuralink is creating an app that would let users control a keyboard and mouse with only their thoughts.</p>
<p><strong>WORKINGS OF NEURALINK’S BRAIN IMPLANT?</strong><br />
In September of last year, Neuralink made the research trial available for enrollment. US officials granted it permission to test its brain implants on humans.</p>
<p>The “Link” implant, which is about the size of five stacked pennies and is inserted into the human brain via invasive surgery, will be the primary means by which the technology functions. The gadget’s purpose is to link computers and human brains directly.</p>
<p>The device’s hardware would include electrodes that could capture neural activity and activate certain brain areas.</p>
<p>Neuralink’s core technology is said to function similarly to electrophysiology. According to BuiltIn, synapses—gaps between nerve cells—allow neurons to interact with one another and ignite the electrical and chemical messages in the nervous system.</p>
<p>Electrodes or censors that detect voltages and quantify the difference in spikes when the voltages fire record brain activity. Put differently, our brain activity is recorded not just when we act but also when we merely consider doing.</p>
<p>Researchers anticipate that the implant’s abilities will also be used to treat brain diseases, spinal cord damage, and paralysis.</p>
Long considered a sci-fi concept, brain implants have gradually becoming a reality, with firms other than Neuralink developing methods of attaching our brains to computers.</p>
<p>A plethora of specialized firms are receiving billions of dollars in funding as they search for cures for some of the most crippling illnesses.</p>
<p>With a little assistance from a device implanted in their brain, a paralyzed person in 2014 became the first person in history to be able to move their arm solely through thought. This individual had consented to participate in an experimental trial of a brain-computer interface (BCI), which links human neural activity to technology.</p>
<p>A Swiss man who was paralyzed following a fall last year became the first to test a new device that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to read his thoughts and then sends impulses to his hands, fingers, and arms to restore mobility.</p>
<p>A paraplegic patient was previously able to walk again because to a combination of a brain-computer interface and a spinal implant; this significant advancement was reported in the scientific journal Nature in May.</p>

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