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Neuralink’s first in-human brain implant has experienced a problem, said the company

A hand holding a card with the Neuralink logo in front of a background that resembles a circuit board with electronic pathways.

Neuralink said on Wednesday that they noticed a malfunction on a part of its brain implant after they put it on a human patient for the first time in January.

Neuralink’s brain implant called a brain-computer interface, or BCI, intends to help patients with paralysis by using only their minds with this technology.

Their system is called Link and it uses 1,024 electrodes across 64 threads.

This January 29-year-old Noland Arbaugh got the implant and was part of a safety test study.

In April Neuralink said in a blog post that the surgery went “extremely well“.

However, a few weeks afterwards, they said in a new blog post that fewer effective electrodes could measure the Link’s speed and accuracy.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the malfunction is not threatening Arbaugh’s safety.

This technology is not something new as other companies have been building BCI systems and academia has been exploring this technology for decades as well.

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