"I'm Using The Force": Musk's Brain Chip Allows Paralyzed Man To Play Civilization VI

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lon Musk's Neuralink Corp. broadcasted a live stream on X featuring the first patient to receive its brain-computer implant, a 29-year-old man with quadriplegia. This groundbreaking procedure enables him to operate a computer cursor using thoughts, allowing him to play online video games. 

In a nine-minute presentation, Neuralink engineer Bliss Chapman introduced the patient, Noland Arbaugh, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a "freak diving accident" eight years ago. 

"I'm paralyzed below the shoulders. I have no sensation or movement below my level on injury," Arbaugh said.

Chapman shows how Arbaugh uses his mind to move a cursor around a screen to play a game of chess.

It feels like "I'm using the Force on a cursor," Arbaugh said, referring to the movie Star Wars. 

In a post on X, Musk reposted the Neuralink broadcast, commenting: "Livestream of Neuralink demonstrating "Telepathy" – controlling a computer and playing video games just by thinking."