Elon Musk has announced a plan to increase human connectivity potential by creating a wireless link between brains and phones, along with other devices.
A huge step has been taken towards that goal, with the first human having received the device recently. According to Musk in a post on X, the person is “recovering well.”
After receiving approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration, the company searched for individuals living with quadriplegia due to spinal cord injuries or ALS disease, which prevents people from controlling their bodies.
The name for the trial of the device is PRIME, which stands for “Precise Robotically Implanted Brain-Computer Interface.” The device is meant to work through the connectivity of wires to the brain, which detect the intention for movement by the brain, which will then send signals to a computer or smartphone so it can be operated.
The company has been criticized for its previous experimentation with the device on monkeys, on which the device caused debilitating effects. Musk had tried to minimize the blowback from this by stating that they had been using monkeys already close to death.