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‘A number of threads retracted from the brain’ of Neuralink’s first implant patient, but they say they’re still ‘beating my friends in games that as a quadriplegic I should not be beating them in’

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Neuralink patient, Noland Arbaugh, has now been in possession of the first Link brain implant for just over 100 days, as the study into the practical application of the device continues—and while the results so far seem promising, it’s not been without its setbacks.

In a progress update on the Neuralink blog, the company has revealed that, in the weeks following the surgery to implant a computer interface directly into Arbaugh’s brain, several of the ultra-fine “threads” used to transmit signals had retracted, resulting in a decrease of the number of effective electrodes used to create a connection between the two.

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