Neuralink’s first brain implant on a human being: patient health, risks, objectives… 4 questions about the future of neurotechnology

Neuralink achieves breakthrough with first brain implantation in humans

In a giant step forward for neurotechnology, Elon Musk has just revealed that his company Neuralink has reached a decisive milestone by successfully implanting their first brain device in the body of a human patient this Sunday, January 30. The future of how our brain interacts with technology is now becoming clearer.

Post-operative status of the patient

According to Musk's communications via the X platform, the individual who underwent the surgical procedure is recovering satisfactorily. The technology in question, called Telepathy and being the size of a coin, was previously tested on primates with conclusive results, allowing them to navigate games such as Pong without the use of physical controls.

Therapeutic aims of the implant

  • Restoring motor skills to paralyzed individuals
  • Restoring vision to the blind
  • Treat certain psychiatric disorders, including depression

The device, which has raised approximately $323 million in funding, is also envisaged as a bridge between man and computer, a step considered crucial by Musk to counterbalance the challenges posed by artificial intelligence on our civilization.

Controversies and concerns

This innovative project is not without causing a stir. Accusations have been made against Neuralink, pointing to cases of animal abuse during experiments. The worrying survival rate of animal subjects between 2017 and 2020 is also called into question.

Neuralink: a pioneer among others

Neuralink is not without competitors in the neurotechnology race. Synchron and Onward are also competing with different approaches, the first focusing in particular on the insertion of interfaces into blood vessels and the second combining a brain implant with a spinal cord stimulus to rehabilitate quadriplegic patients.

Futuristic Questions about Neurotechnology

What future for human-machine communication?

Are the risks worth the potential benefits?

What regulation for neurotechnological advances?

What rights and protections for experimental subjects, human or animal?