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According to the developer company, the receivers will be able to manage the computer merely with their thoughts thanks to the technology.

According to Bloomberg, the American company Synchron, the major competitor of Elon Musk’s Neuralink, has begun testing its brain implant in humans.

The paperclip-sized implant will be put in six patients with acute paralysis in New York and Pittsburgh. The device should assist people in managing digital devices simply through the power of thinking.

The stentrode implant (named after the terms stent and electrode) is a type of brain-computer interface. A stent is a malleable metal frame containing electrodes that record neural signals in the brain.

The prosthesis is placed through a puncture in the jugular vein in a minimally invasive operation that does not necessitate accessing the skull. Once in a blood artery above the motor cortex – the portion of the brain responsible for movement – it stretches, the electrodes are close to the walls of the blood vessel close to the brain, and it could record neural signals.

Signals are transferred from the brain to a device placed beneath the skin in the chest. Hands-free activities such as texting, email, online shopping, and accessing medical services are possible thanks to the translation of brain activity into a standardized digital language.

A clinical trial should be conducted to determine how efficacious and useful the implant is. The Stentrode could be commercially available if the trials are successful.

Neuralink, Elon Musk’s business, is also working on a small device that can connect the human brain to a machine interface. Musk claims that an implant for patients with severe traumatic brain damage will be available in four years, and that the technology would be accessible to anybody in ten years.

People will be able to boost their productivity by multiple times, command the digital world with the power of thought, connect with the dead, and so on, Musk claims.