Neuralink's first human implant

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Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Neuralink, announced that the first human implant of the company's brain-computer interface (BCI) device took place on Sunday, and the patient is currently recovering. The initial results of the implantation are promising, showing neuron spike detection27. Neuralink's first human clinical trial, known as the PRIME Study (Precise Robotically Implanted Brain-Computer Interface), aims to evaluate the safety and functionality of the N1 implant, which is designed to enable people with quadriplegia to control devices with their thoughts367. The N1 implant is cosmetically invisible once placed and uses 1,024 electrodes distributed across 64 threads, each thinner than a human hair, to record and transmit brain signals wirelessly to an app that decodes them36. The implant is surgically placed into a part of the brain that controls movement by a robot called the R1 Robot136. The study is being conducted under the investigational device exemption (IDE) awarded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)56. Neuralink's BCI technology is intended to help people with paralysis control technology devices such as computer cursors or keyboards and may have the potential to restore full body movement and other functions in the future35. The company has not disclosed the exact region of the brain where the device will be embedded, the hospital that has given institutional review board approval, or the number of participants that will be enrolled in the study3. Interested individuals with quadriplegia due to cervical spinal cord injury or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can sign up for the patient registry on Neuralink's website8.
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