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Brain chip enables paralyzed man to play chess with mind

Elon Musk's Neuralink chip allows mind-controlled computer use


Footage has emerged of Noland Arbaugh, a 29-year-old paraplegic, demonstrating the groundbreaking capabilities of Elon Musk's Neuralink brain chip implant. In the video, Arbaugh can be seen using his mind to control a computer cursor and engage in a game of chess, all through the power of thought.

As Metro UK reports, expressing his excitement from his wheelchair, Arbaugh marvels at the cursor's movement, attributing it solely to his brainpower. He likened the experience to wielding "The Force" from the Star Wars saga, showcasing a range of motions with evident happiness.

Arbaugh's journey into this technological frontier began after a tragic accident eight years ago, leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Previously an avid chess player, he found renewed joy in the game through Neuralink's innovative solution.

Looking ahead, Arbaugh sees this milestone not as an end, but as a beginning. He plans to continue contributing to the advancement of this technology, highlighting the transformative potential it holds for individuals with disabilities.

Elon Musk's Neuralink project aims to revolutionize care for the disabled, with recent success in implanting the chip in a human patient. The procedure, performed by a robot, involves precise placement of the implant in the brain's movement-controlling region, with minimal visible scarring.

While hailed as a breakthrough, Neuralink has faced criticism for its animal testing practices, raising ethical concerns. Despite these controversies, the project remains at the forefront of technological innovation, offering hope for a future where minds can transcend physical limitations.

[With information sourced from Metro UK]

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