Paralysed man plays chess with Neuralink


Neuralink on Wednesday streamed a video of its first human patient playing computer chess with his mind and talking about the brain implant making that possible.
Noland Arbaugh, 29, who was left paralyzed from the shoulders down by a diving accident eight years ago, told of playing chess and the videogame “Civilization” as well as taking Japanese and French lessons by controlling a computer screen cursor with his brain.
“It’s crazy, it really is. It’s so cool,” said Arbaugh, who joked of having telepathy thanks to Elon Musk’s Neuralink startup.
Musk’s neurotechnology company installed a brain implant in its first human test subject in January, with the billionaire head of Tesla and X touting it as a success.
Arbaugh said he was released from the hospital a day after the device was implanted in his brain, and that he had no cognitive impairment as a result.
“There is a lot of work to be done, but it has already changed my life,” he said.
“I don’t want people to think this is the end of the journey.”
He told of starting out by thinking about moving the cursor and eventually the implant system mirrored his intent.
“The reason I got into it was because I wanted to be part of something that I feel is going to change the world,” he said.