Elon Musk has announced that his startup Neuralink has installed its first brain implant in a human, with "promising" initial results.

The neurotechnology company co-founded by Musk in 2016 aims to build direct communication channels between the brain and computers.

The

ambition is to enhance human capabilities, cure neurological disorders such as ALS or Parkinson's and perhaps one day achieve a symbiotic relationship between humans and artificial intelligence. 

The first human received an implant from Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well

,” Musk said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

“Initial results show promising neuronal spike detection

,” he added.

Last year the start-up said it had won approval from US regulators to test its brain implants on people.

Neuralink's technology will work primarily through an implant called

"Link"

,

a device the size of five stacked coins that is inserted into the human brain through invasive surgery. 

Neuralink ended 2023 with over 400 employees and $363 million in fundraising

.

Musk is hardly alone in trying to make progress in the field, which is officially known as brain-machine interface or brain-computer interface research.

The tycoon had reached out to join forces with implant developer Synchron for a potential investment.

Unlike the Neuralink Link, its implant version does not require cutting the skull to install it.

Australia-based Synchron implanted its first device in a US patient in July 2022.