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Neuralink’s First Patient Masters Video Games with Brain Implant

Neuralink's First Patient Masters Video Games with Brain Implant

Neuralink has reported significant advancements in the capabilities of its first human brain implant patient, Noland Arbaugh. Since receiving the implant in January, which enables him to control a computer cursor with his mind, Arbaugh has demonstrated remarkable progress. Initially, he utilized the technology to play video games such as Chess, Civilization VI, and Mario Kart. Recent updates from the company show that Arbaugh’s skills have further enhanced, allowing him to surpass his friends in games, a feat he attributes to the implant’s advanced capabilities.

Despite encountering some technical issues with the implant, such as retracted threads that initially reduced the implant’s performance, Neuralink has managed to refine the software. This has not only restored but improved Arbaugh’s control accuracy, now measuring at 8.0 bits-per-second (BPS). He is close to matching the BPS scores of Neuralink engineers using a traditional mouse.

Arbaugh’s engagement with the device is extensive, logging 69 hours in one week alone, with his usage split between Neuralink sessions and personal time, predominantly gaming on weekends. He also shared his experience in a live stream on Twitter/X, demonstrating how he calibrates the implant’s performance.

Looking ahead, Neuralink aims to enhance cursor control to match that of able-bodied individuals and to introduce new functionalities such as text entry. The company also plans to expand the implant’s applications to control robotic arms and wheelchairs, potentially increasing independence for those with quadriplegia.