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Elon Musk's Neuralink Also Faces Setback

Elon Musk's Neuralink Also Faces Setback

Elon Musk is highly ambitious and incredibly innovative in thought. But his hastiness in bringing all his dreams into reality has resulted in initial setbacks, bringing a bad reputation to his ideas, though people are intrigued.

His recent release of the driver-less Tesla has become a point of interest for many but faced setbacks as crashes were recorded in some places. 

Then his AI-generated news, which is in Beta version on his X, is also facing trolls for its erratic content.

Now this is about Neuralink, Elon Musk's brain tech startup which encountered a problem with its first human brain implant. 

After surgery in January some threads connecting the implant to the brain retracted by reducing the signals it could capture. 

Neuralink didn't explain why this happened but adjusted an algorithm to improve signal detection.

The patient, Noland Arbaugh, paralyzed since a diving accident in 2016 has received the implant. 

The device, called N1, is small and fully implanted on the skull, connected to the brain's motor cortex. It has 64 thin threads with electrodes to pick up brain signals.

It's unclear if the retracted threads posed risks for Arbaugh. In March, Neuralink showed Arbaugh moving a cursor and playing games using the brain chip.

Recently, co founder Dr. Benjamin Rapoport expressed safety concerns and left Neuralink to start another company, Precision Neuroscience. 

Neuralink previously faced controversies about animal treatment but got FDA approval for human trials. 

They aim to develop brain implants allowing people even with severe paralysis to control devices using thoughts.