Elon Musk's Neuralink brain implant patient suffers complications

Elon Musk's Neuralink brain implant patient suffers complications

First transplant patient Neuralinka company Elon MuskComplications appeared weeks after the operation. According to information received from the company, there are some wires connecting the chip to the organ Noland Arbaugh It retracted, making communication between the brain and the implant difficult. The problem hinders the speed and effectiveness of accurately measuring system parameters.

Noland Arbaugh, Neuralink's first patient

Photo: Neuralink/Bervil Brasil

Neuralink stated that, as part of efforts to overcome the problem, it modified the algorithm to improve the recording and translation of data sent by neurons.

What does a Neuralink implant do?

In brief, Neuralink designed the brain chip device for diverse applications ranging from restoring motor functions to enabling brain-computer interface.

The company has developed a coin-sized device to be surgically implanted into the skull. Through very thin wires connected to the brain, an interface is created between the brain and the computer. This disk records brain activity and transmits it to a device, such as a smartphone, via a Bluetooth connection.

By implanting the chip in the area of ​​the brain responsible for motor function, the company says this would make it possible to overcome neurological disorders that make movement impossible. In this sense, the billionaire noted that the first users will be those who have lost the ability to use their limbs.

At the end of January this year, the company announced its first test on humans. Noland Arbaugh, who has been quadriplegic since 2016, was able to move cursors using only the synapses in his brain. “Progress is good, and the patient appears to have made a full recovery, with no neurological effects that we are aware of. The patient can move the mouse across the screen just by thinking.”Elon Musk announced in a voice chat on X Spaces, one of the tools on the X platform.

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