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The Race to Beat Elon Musk to Put Chips in People's Brains

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Synchron field clinical engineer Zafar Faraz (right) helps stentrode recipient Rodney Gorham use the brain-computer interface at his home in Melbourne, Australia.

Credit: Anne Moffat/The Washington Post

Companies like Paradromics and Synchron are competing with Elon Musk's Neuralink to design a brain implant that can communicate with computers.

Paradromics' implant aims to restore communication to people who have lost the ability to speak or type, while Musk aspires to enhance humans' brains with artificial intelligence using a robot-implanted computer chip.

Synchron's vascular stent-like device monitors a patient's brain signals, decoding them to execute computer commands in conjunction with eye-tracking software.

These companies are attempting to decipher and transmit the brain's instructions to the body via electronic devices.

The commercialization of brain-computer interfaces involves proving their safety and reliability to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as addressing ethical and security issues.

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