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Sunday July 14, 2024

Elon Musk's Neuralink chips can be hacked

"I guess you could go in and look through my messages, email, and more,” says Noland Arbaugh

By Web Desk
June 25, 2024
Nolan Arbaugh revealed that he has to be connected to the computer if someone wants to hack his Neuralink brain chip. — AFP/File
Nolan Arbaugh revealed that he has to be connected to the computer if someone wants to hack his Neuralink brain chip. — AFP/File

Tech billionaire Elon Musk became the first person to implant a Neuralink chip in the brain of 29-year-old Noland Arbaugh in January. 

Due to a spinal cord injury, Arbaugh was left paralyzed. However, with the help of the implant, Arbaugh regained control and can now interact with the digital world using his thoughts. He can play online games such as chess through brain signals. With such innovations. Business Today reported.

Musk aims to create a bridge between the human brain and computers with his chips. 

However, this does not mean that the chips are not susceptible to hacking. 

Arbaugh, in a podcast with Joe Rogan, said, "At this point, at least, hacking the brain chip wouldn't do much. You might be able to see some of the brain signals and the data that Neuralink is collecting, and then you might be able to control my cursor on my screen and make me look at weird stuff. But that's about it. I guess you could go in and look through my messages, email, and more.”

Despite the potential for misuse, Arbaugh is more focused on the transformative potential of Neuralink and less on the hypothetical risks of hacking.