First human with brain implant plays online chess with his mind: ‘Like using the Force on a cursor’

The first human to be seen using a brain implant was livestreamed on the social platform X on Wednesday.

Neuralink’s social media account showed 29-year-old Noland Arbaugh playing online chess with his mind during a historic live video stream. He is paralyzed from the shoulders down after having survived a diving accident eight years ago.

The company’s initial human trial focused on involving paralyzed people with the goal of helping them use a cursor or keyboard with their thoughts.

Neuralink executive Shivon Zilis called it an “epic” moment.

“Neuralink’s epic first neural astronaut describing the technology and his experience with the implant in his own words,” Zilis wrote on social media, linking to the video.

— Neuralink (@neuralink) March 20, 2024

Arbaugh described how he was using his imagination to move the
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