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Elon Musk: Second Neuralink Brain Implant Promises 'Superpowers' Within A Week

In a groundbreaking development, Neuralink, the brain-computer interface startup founded by Elon Musk, has implanted its device into a second human patient within a week, Musk announced during a broadcast on social media platform X (formerly Twitter). The company aims to expand its reach significantly, targeting “high single digits” of patients with implanted devices by […]

Elon Musk: Second Neuralink Brain Implant Promises 'Superpowers' Within A Week
Elon Musk: Second Neuralink Brain Implant Promises 'Superpowers' Within A Week

In a groundbreaking development, Neuralink, the brain-computer interface startup founded by Elon Musk, has implanted its device into a second human patient within a week, Musk announced during a broadcast on social media platform X (formerly Twitter). The company aims to expand its reach significantly, targeting “high single digits” of patients with implanted devices by the year’s end.

The recent implantation follows earlier efforts, including the procedure conducted on Arizona resident Noland Arbaugh, which faced challenges. Musk and Neuralink executives discussed lessons learned and improvements planned for future surgeries to prevent setbacks. Measures include addressing electrode thread retraction issues, possibly caused by an air pocket, and improving thread placement accuracy on brain folds.

Neuralink envisions its brain chip device not only as a potential solution for repairing paralysis and memory loss but also as a means to enhance human capabilities. Musk emphasized the long-term goal of achieving closer integration between human and digital intelligence to mitigate risks associated with artificial intelligence (AI).

“We want to give people superpowers,” Musk stated, underscoring Neuralink’s ambition to enhance human cognition and functionality through advanced technology.

Looking ahead, Musk mentioned plans for future generations of the device, indicating a pathway for patients with older models to upgrade, akin to technology updates like moving from an iPhone 1 to an iPhone 15.

In addition to technological advancements, Musk highlighted Neuralink’s commitment to animal welfare in research, stressing the company’s efforts to ensure the well-being of animals involved in testing.

As Neuralink continues to push the boundaries of neuroscience and technology, the implications for medical innovation and human-machine symbiosis remain at the forefront of its mission.

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