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The first person with Elon Musk's Neuralink brain chip has admitted that it can be hacked

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun24,2024

First person with Elon Musk's Neuralink brain chip admits it can be hacked

The man hopes governments will pass legislation to prevent its misuse.< /strong>

The first person who was installed a controversial interface between Elon Musk's Neuralink brain and computer admitted that the danger of its hacking is real.

This is what the Daily Star writes.

Noland Arbo, 29, was paralyzed from the neck down after a diving accident at a Christian youth camp in June 2016. He volunteered for an experimental procedure in which a computer-controlled “sewing machine” sewed electrodes directly into his brain tissue.

According to Neuralink CEO Elon Musk, the procedure, which took place under local anesthesia, does not even require an overnight stay in the hospital.

But Noland Arbo is calm about the possibility of hacking: “For now, at least, hacking [the Neuralink interface] is not will do a lot. Maybe you can see some of the brain signals, some of the data that Link collects, and then you can control my cursor on the screen and make me look at weird things, but that's it.”

Noland and the Neuralink programmers “trained” the system to interpret his wishes. He says that moving the cursor on the screen by simply thinking about moving your hand is actually faster than physically moving the mouse.

He explained: “The signal is already being sent before you move your hand – your mind is saying : “Okay, it's going to move your hand now,” so the signal has to go all the way down and back so you can move your hand. So the speed at which it all happens [with Neuralink] is almost a little bit ahead of the curve.”

One of the first things Noland, an avid chess player, did after the system was up and running was to switch his computer to a game of chess, prompting Musk to hail human-machine communication as “telepathy.” Signals can come not only from the brain to the computer, but also vice versa. Neuralink recently released a video of a pig fitted with a prototype device, demonstrating how engineers were able to control the animal's legs using a computer. “This is just the beginning,” Noland said. “The pig raises its leg unconsciously”.

He admitted that when the system becomes widespread, someone will definitely try to abuse it. “Propaganda will reach a new level,” he added. But Noland is optimistic that a system of checks and balances will be in place before Elon Musk's cyber system becomes commonplace. “I hope they will regulate it by then,” he continued. “But as we've seen with things like AI art, they're even trying to catch up. They're saying, 'Oh, we should have thought of this before all this was released.'”

Another issue that needs to be addressed is after-sales service. About 85% of the electrodes in Noland's brain are already disconnected, so the system is not working at full capacity.

He hopes that someday in the future will get an updated interface: “At some point they'll have to test if the Neuralink replacement surgery is safe… So they'll have to do it on people who already have it installed. I imagine that I could take part in such a study.”

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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