Friday June 14, 2024

Elon Musk looking for new Neuralink chip candidates — Who can apply?

Neuralink is accepting applications for another patient to receive its brain chip implant

By Web Desk
May 18, 2024
Elon Musks brain implant company Neuralink needs another human guinea pig. — AFP/File
Elon Musk's brain implant company Neuralink needs another human guinea pig. — AFP/File

After the first ever human brain chip implantation, billionaire Elon Musk's company is now looking for a second candidate for its Neuralink chip, Gizmodo reported.

Just five months ago, Noland Arbaugh became the first human to have the start-up company’s technology implanted in his brain. 

Initially, it was reported that Noland was doing well and had successfully been able to play online chess and control a computer cursor or keyboard through his thoughts.

However, after some time, "a number of threads had retracted from Arbaugh’s brain, resulting in a net decrease in the number of effective electrodes."

Chief Executive Musk announced on Friday that his startup Neuralink is accepting applications for a second person to get their "telepathy cybernetic brain implant that allows patients to control their phone and computer just by thinking."

The Tesla owner posted on X on Thursday, writing, "If you have quadriplegia and want to explore new ways of controlling your computer, we invite you to participate in our clinical trial."

Adding in, he wrote: "Anyone with "limited or no ability to use both hands due to cervical spinal cord injury or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)" can apply for the PRIME Study."