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Musk Says Neuralink's First Patient Can Control Mouse by Thinking

Neuralink founder Elon Musk says the company’s first patient can successfully move a computer mouse with their thoughts.

Roughly three weeks after Musk announced that his biotech startup implanted a chip into the very first human brain, the founder says the patient has recovered well and is successfully able to move a mouse with their thoughts.

"Progress is good, and the patient seems to have made a full recovery with no ill effects that we are aware of,” Musk said during a Spaces event on X this week. “Patient is able to move a mouse around the screen by just thinking.”

He added that the next goal is to get the patient to click the mouse button as many times as possible using only their thoughts.

Musk announced that his company had implanted a chip in the very first human brain at the end of January after receiving approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct human trials in September.

Founded in 2016, Neuralink’s goal is to connect human brains directly to computers.

“[It] enables control of your phone or computer, and through them almost any device, just by thinking,” he claimed on X. “Initial users will be those who have lost the use of their limbs. Imagine if Stephen Hawking could communicate faster than a speed typist or auctioneer. That is the goal.”

But while Musk has said that the initial goal of this technology is to help those with paralysis communicate, the founder has clearly stated that his end goal is to merge the human brain with artificial intelligence.

Musk has repeatedly claimed that Neuralink’s technology is safe for human use. Critics, however, continue to question the company’s safety practices.

A Wired report published in September found that monkeys used in the company’s animal trials were subjected to gruesome suffering before eventually needing to be euthanized as a result of the Neuralink implants (Musk has denied this to be true), and Reuters reported that the company recently received a fine for violating U.S. Department of Transportation rules related to transporting hazardous materials.


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