Elon Musk's company Neuralink implanted a microchip in the human brain for the first time.

The billionaire made the announcement on Twitter, noting that his startup had successfully performed a craniectomy to attach the device.

"The first person received an implant from Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well. Initial results show promising detection of neural spikes," he wrote.

The first human received an implant from @Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well.

Initial results show promising neuron spike detection.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2024

This happened after Neuralink received permission from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct operations on humans, which was an important milestone for the startup, writes the Daily Mail.

Neuralink targets allow paralyzed people to control the movement of the power of thought.

He said the device "allows you to control your phone or computer, and through them you can use any source with just a thought."

"The initial users will be those who have lost the ability to use their limbs. Imagine if Stephen Hawking could communicate faster than a fast typist or an auctioneer! That's the goal," he said.

The company intends to implant microchips in the brains of paralyzed people and allow them to control their bodies through thought.

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Details about the patient have not been released, but Ashley Vance, who wrote the 2015 biography Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, wrote in a Bloomberg report that Neuralink's first human trials require "an adult under the age of 40 years old, with four limbs paralyzed."

Vance explained that it would take a surgeon "several hours" to perform the craniectomy and another 25 minutes for the chip to be inserted by a robot into the area of ​​the brain that controls the hands, wrists and forearms.

"The goal is to show that the device can safely collect useful data from this part of the patient's brain, which is a key step in Neuralink's efforts to translate a person's thoughts into a series of commands that a computer can understand," Ashley added.

Vance said the implant transmits that information to a nearby laptop or tablet.

Several research groups and companies are known to have already created implants that can help patients perform basic tasks with their thoughts, such as clicking objects on a screen with a cursor. 

Neuralink promises that the product can improve the lives of millions of people who suffer from paralysis, stroke, and hearing and vision loss.

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