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    Neuralink Patient Suffered Threads Retraction: Was It Safe?

    Alexander Johnson

    By Alexander Johnson - May 10, 2024 | Updated On: 10 May, 2024 | 2 min read

    By Alexander Johnson , 2 min read - May 10, 2024

    Updated On: 10 May, 2024

    Neuralink Patient Suffered Threads Retraction. Image Credit: Social Media.

  • In January 2024, Elon Musk‘s neurotechnology company, Neuralink, successfully implanted a Neuralink device in a human.

    Recently surfaced news revealed that the Neuralink patient suffered threads retraction. So, is he safe now?

    Therefore, this article will focus on shedding light on the issue and discovering the patient’s condition after suffering thread retraction. Stay tuned until the end for every detail.

  • Who Is the Patient?

    Noland Arbaugh was the first person to receive the Neuralink implant in the clinical trial. He developed quadriplegia following a diving accident that dislocated his C4 and C5 spinal vertebrae.

    Some weeks after the surgery, Noland could use the link to control his laptop. According to Neuralik’s blog, he could play games, browse the internet, and live streams by controlling a cursor with his mind.

    Choosing small targets with numerous click kinds enables Noland to use software and play games on his laptop, which would not be possible with his mouth stick.

    Neuralink Patient Suffered Threads Retraction

    After successfully planting the device in Noland Arbaugh, several threads retracted from his brain after a couple of weeks. Neuralink shared the information in one of its official blog posts.

  • Neuralink Patient Suffered Threads Retraction

    Neuralink Patient Suffered Threads Retraction. Image Credit: Social Media.

    According to the post, the thread retraction led to a net decrease in the number of effective electrodes, which reduced the BPS.

    Neuralink did not mention the cause behind the issue. This latest news came less than a week after Dr. Benjamin Rapoport, one of the co-founders of Neuralink, left the company citing safety concerns.

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    Is the Patient Safe?

    Neuralink modified the recording algorithm to be more sensitive to neural population signals in response to thread retraction. This improved the techniques to translate signals into cursor movements.

  • The refinements created a rapid and sustained improvement in BPS. At present, the patient is safe and is recovering.

    As soon as news regarding Neuralink patient suffered threads retraction was made public, people were concerned about the safety of the chip. But everything looks fine at the moment.

    Let’s wait and see what the future holds for Arbaugh and Neuralink.

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