Neuralink: defective implants hidden by Elon Musk's start-up

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Not everything would go well with the implant for Noland Arbaugh, a 29-year-old quadriplegic young man who received the first Neuralink brain transplant. Three people close to the matter revealed to the agency Reuters that a wire problem was known and hidden by Elon Musk's start-up.

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Implant wires may come loose

Last week, Neuralink officially admitted that the tiny wires in Nolan Arbaugh's implant had come loose. The problem was immediately resolved via algorithmic modifications but according to Reutersthe company would have been aware for a very long time, from the first animal testing which would have allowed him to have the green light from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch its human trials.

Neuralink would judge the risk of detachment of the wires, as fine as hair, “too little important to modify your implant“. When the chip is detached, certain electrodes that decode brain signals work less well. Implantation is then useless since it cancels out the beneficial effects allowing disabled people to interact with machines. Worse still, the brain tissue d An implanted patient may be damaged if the wires retract.

However, the FDA was aware of this problem, according to Reuters, which would not have prevented the validation of human trials. The American administration specifies that it is still monitoring Neuralink's experiments without commenting on the media's investigation. And, unsurprisingly, Elon Musk's company is also kicking in.

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