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  • Caspar James - Tech Journalist

Neuralink's first brain chip patient plays chess


In a nine-minute video released by Neuralink, the first patient to receive a brain chip from Elon Musk's company is shown playing online chess. The patient, identified as Noland Arbaugh, is paralyzed below his shoulders due to a diving accident.



Using only his thoughts, Arbaugh is seen moving a cursor across a laptop screen and playing chess. He is also able to turn off the laptop's music. Arbaugh received the Neuralink implant in January, and last month, Musk revealed that he could already control a computer mouse using his thoughts.


Musk's goal with the brain chip is to eventually enable individuals with disabilities, like the late Stephen Hawking, to communicate more efficiently. He has also claimed that the technology could potentially treat conditions such as obesity, autism, depression, and schizophrenia.


According to Arbaugh, the surgery to implant the chip was straightforward, and he experienced no cognitive impairments. He expressed his gratitude for the ability to play games again, mentioning that he had given up playing Civilization VI until Neuralink provided him with the opportunity to do so.


In a nine-minute video released by Neuralink, the first patient to receive a brain chip from Elon Musk's company is shown playing online chess. The patient, identified as Noland Arbaugh, is paralyzed below his shoulders due to a diving accident.


Using only his thoughts, Arbaugh is seen moving a cursor across a laptop screen and playing chess. He is also able to turn off the laptop's music. Arbaugh received the Neuralink implant in January, and last month, Musk revealed that he could already control a computer mouse using his thoughts.


Musk's goal with the brain chip is to eventually enable individuals with disabilities, like the late Stephen Hawking, to communicate more efficiently. He has also claimed that the technology could potentially treat conditions such as obesity, autism, depression, and schizophrenia.


According to Arbaugh, the surgery to implant the chip was straightforward, and he experienced no cognitive impairments. He expressed his gratitude for the ability to play games again, mentioning that he had given up playing Civilization VI until Neuralink provided him with the opportunity to do so.

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