Tech billionaire Elon Musk said Monday that its start-up specializing in brain sciences, Neural linkhad implanted a device in a human for the first time, a possible step toward a product that he said would allow people to control almost any external device “just by thought.”
Musk did the announcement on X. He said the patient, whom he did not identify, “received an implant” on Sunday and is “recovering well.” Initial results, he added, showed “promising detection of neuronal spikes.” He gave no further details about the procedure, the patient or the device implanted by the company.
There was no immediate independent confirmation of Neuralink’s progress. One of Neuralink’s competitors, Precision Neuroscience, implanted its device in a human for the first time last year.
Musk’s announcement comes eight months after Neuralink’s he had received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to conduct its first clinical study in humans. In September, Neuralink announced that it would begin recruitment patients for the study.
The first human received an implant @Neuralink yesterday and he is recovering well.
The first results show promising detection of neuronal spikes.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2024
Neuralink, based in San Francisco, did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.
The FDA, which regulates medical devices and would have to approve any consumer product, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Musk’s announcement.
Neural link said she was building a brain implant called Link to help patients, including those with severe paralysis, use external technologies. Musk said Monday that Neuralink’s first product will be called Telepathy. He did not specify whether it was a new device or a new name for the one previously announced…