Elon Musk's Neuralink Breakthrough: Paralyzed Man Plays Chess With Mind Power

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.21 - 2024 9:33 AM CET

Photo: Frederic Legrand - COMEO / Shutterstock.com
Photo: Frederic Legrand - COMEO / Shutterstock.com
In a livestream that can be viewed in the article below, Neuralink demonstrates how a man plays chess using only the power of his thoughts.

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Neuralink, the brain science startup co-founded by Elon Musk, showcased the capabilities of its revolutionary brain implant technology through the experience of a quadriplegic man. The individual, identified as Noland Arbaugh, demonstrated his ability to play chess on a laptop using nothing but his thoughts, a feat that marks a significant milestone in the field of brain-computer interfaces (BCI).

Arbaugh, 29, shared his journey of regaining control over his environment following a devastating diving accident eight years ago that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. With Neuralink's implant, Arbaugh can now navigate a computer cursor across a screen, engage in a game of chess, and even manage the laptop's music, all through the power of his mind.

This level of interaction was made possible without the need for any external devices or visible wires, highlighting the sophistication of Neuralink's technology.

You can watch a rebroadcast of the livestream Neuralink aired from their X profile yesterday, where Arbaugh plays chess using only the power of thought.

Noland Arbaugh is the first person to have a Neuralink device implanted. An update from Elon Musk on January 29 stated that the surgery took place on January 28 and that the patient is recovering well.

Now, less than two months later, Neuralink has shared their livestream, in which the 29-year-old man plays chess using nothing but his thoughts.

The livestream not only served as a platform for Neuralink to demonstrate its technological advancements but also provided a glimpse into the future of human-computer interaction. Arbaugh's experience, from the initial implantation of the device to his adept manipulation of the computer cursor, symbolizes a leap forward in empowering individuals with paralysis to regain a sense of autonomy and interaction with the world around them.