Do Elon Musk’s Brain-Decoding Implants Have Potential? Experts Say They Just Might

July 18, 2019

(STAT News) – The immediate aim of the San Francisco startup is a system enabling people who are paralyzed to use their thoughts to operate computers and smartphones. That has been done before, including by Schwartz’s group and one at Brown University, where in 2011 two tetraplegic patients who had been implanted with the “BrainGate” neural interface system were able to control robotic arms with their thoughts, including lifting a bottle of coffee and drinking it. But despite decades of research, the systems have so many drawbacks they’re still not in widespread use. That’s where Neuralink’s tech acumen might make a difference.

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