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First person inserted with Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain implant controls a mouse using their thoughts

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Elon Musk has said the first person to receive his Neuralink brain implant is using it to control a computer mouse just by their thoughts.

The person who was fitted with the electronic chip replied to an advert looking for a quadriplegic, although their identity has not been revealed.

Musk has now given an update on how the pioneering surgery went on his social media platform X, previously known as Twitter.

The billionaire said: “Progress is good, and the patient seems to have made a recovery with no ill effects that we’re aware of and is able to control the mouse, move the mouse around the screen just by thinking.”

Advanced stages of ground-breaking procedure are now in process with the implant being tested with more complexed commands. 

“We’re trying to get as many button presses as possible from thinking. So that’s what we’re currently working on is: can you get left mouse, right mouse, mouse down, mouse up,” Musk said. “We want to have more than just two buttons.

“So we’re trying to make progress on that front. But overall it’s looking very good.”

Not much is known about the trials, but the world famous businessman said the system is called “Telepathy”.

The implant is inserted in an area of the brain which controls intentions to move the body, if successful Neuralink could go on to treat conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, autism and obesity.

[ Neuralink was valued around $5 billion in 2023. ]

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