New Neuralink Demo Shows Paralyzed Patient Playing Online Chess Using Brain Implant

He played chess using only his thoughts.

Story Highlights

  • A new Neuralink demo shows the quadriplegic patient Noland Arbaugh playing chess using brain implants. 
  • The implant makes it possible for the patient to use his thoughts to interact with the laptop.
  • Noland said that the chip implant allowed him to play Civilization 6 for eight hours until its battery ran out.

A new Neuralink demo shows the patient Noland Arbaugh playing chess with only his thoughts. In other words, the patient—who is paralyzed below the shoulders—enjoyed an online game of chess using a brain implant. The potentially life-changing tech was shared by the company on Twitter in a live stream to showcase actual “telepathy.” Noland was able to move the cursor and interact with the computer with his eyes. 

In the video, Noland claims that the implant “has already changed my life.” However, the gamer acknowledges that “there’s still a lot of work to be done.” The team has apparently “run into some issues.” Besides chess, the patient also admitted that he has played Civilization 6 for eight hours straight using the Neuralink brain implant. He only stopped because the batteries ran out.

Brain Implants May Revolutionize The Gaming Industry Among Many Fields

The new Neuralink brain implant test on Noland Arbaugh showed some great results for playing games. It may improve accessibility in gaming to a whole other realm never seen before. Additionally, the tech can be expected to open new doors for paralyzed gamers, likely leading it to become an effective way of interacting with computers altogether. However, the long-term effects surrounding these brain implants are still a mystery. 

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All in all, the new Neuralink brain implant is targeting to do a lot more than allow for a gaming session or two. We might see its implementation in various fields over the decades as the tech advances. While the tech is currently only helping patients and chosen testers, the final goal also appears to enhance common people in everyday life.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries devoutly. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more have cited his articles.

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