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Elon Musk’s Neuralink Working on New Brain Implant Device

Elon Musk’s Neuralink Working on New Brain Implant Device

The tiny wires of the Neuralink brain chip implant used in the first participant in a trial by Elon Musk’s company have become “more or less very stable,” a company executive said on Wednesday.

The company announced in May that a series of small wires had become dislodged inside the brain of Noland Arbaugh, who was paralyzed from the shoulders down after a diving accident in 2016.

“After brain surgery, it takes a while for the tissues to come up and fix the threads in place, and once that happens, everything is stable,” said Dongjin “DJ” Seo, director of Neuralink.

Neuralink is working on a new device that it believes will require half the number of electrodes implanted into the brain to make it more efficient and powerful. Noland Arbaugh, above, is the first brain implant patient. Maintenance Bridge

So far, Arbaugh, who lives in Arizona, is the only patient to receive the implant, but Musk said he hopes the number of participants will be in the single digits this year.

Company executives said in a live broadcast on social media platform X that they are currently taking risk reduction measures such as skull shaping and lowering the carbon dioxide concentration in the blood of patients to normal levels.

“For upcoming implants, we plan to very deliberately sculpt the surface of the skull to minimize the space under the implant… This will bring the implant closer to the brain and take some of the tension off the teeth,” said Matthew MacDougall, Neuralink’s head of neurosurgery.

Neuralink is testing an implant to give paralyzed patients the ability to use digital devices by thinking alone. The device works by using tiny wires thinner than a human hair to capture signals from the brain and translate them into actions such as moving a mouse cursor on a computer screen.

The company also takes risk reduction measures in patients, such as skull shaping and lowering the carbon dioxide concentration in the blood to normal levels. REUTERS

Musk said on air that the device does not harm the brain. The Food and Drug Administration first evaluated the device years ago, raised Considering safety concerns, the company was given the green light to begin human trials last year.

So far, the device has allowed Arbaugh to play video games, browse the internet and move the cursor on his laptop using his own thinking, according to the company’s blog posts and videos.

Neuralink executives also said they are working on a new device that they believe will require halving the number of electrodes implanted in the brain to be more efficient and powerful.