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Moves pieces on the screen with the power of thought: Neuralink has shown the first patient with a brain chip playing chess. Video

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Neuralink shows how the first patient with a brain chip plays chess. Source: Getty Images

American billionaire Elon Musk's company Neuralink has shown a video of the first patient to be implanted with a brain chip. In it, a man with paralysis was able to control the cursor on a computer screen to play chess with his mind.

On March 20-21, the video was posted on the official platforms of a startup developing brain implants. The Washington Post wrote more about the experiment.

The patient told us that his name is Noland Arbo and he is 29 years old. After an accident about eight years ago while diving, he was paralyzed from the shoulders down. The video shows him moving the cursor to play computer chess.

"It has already changed my life. The surgery was extremely easy," said Nolan Arbaugh.

The Neuralink device is designed to read brain activity to decipher what movement a person intends to make and then trigger a command to perform that action.

Moves pieces on the screen with the power of thought: Neuralink has shown the first patient with a brain chip playing chess. Video

The patient noted that at first he practiced trying to move his hand until he could intuitively represent the cursor movement. He added that the technology needs to be improved.

"There is still some work to be done," Nolan Arbaugh said.

Moves pieces on the screen with the power of thought: Neuralink has shown the first patient with a brain chip playing chess. Video

Earlier, Neuralink founder Elon Musk said that the first patient implanted with a brain chip has fully recovered and can already control a computer mouse with his mind. According to him, the company is trying to get as many mouse clicks from the patient as possible.

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, the Neuralink startup aims to help people with disabilities feel fulfilled. However, the project has recently faced harsh criticism from the scientific community, which points out potential risks and talks about ethical issues.

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