Elon Musk’s Neuralink shows a Monkey playing video game with his mind
Neuralink, Elon Musk’s startup, has released a video that will blow your mind. Neuralink has released a video of a monkey using its mind to play a video game. Musk posted the monkey’s Pong video to the Twitter. For those who are unaware, Neuralink is working on implantable brain-machine interfaces that will connect the human brain to computers.
Pager, a nine-year-old macaque monkey, was implanted with a Neuralink for nearly six weeks before the video was shot. Pager was initially taught to play an on-screen game with a joystick, as seen in the video. Pager is seen in the video using the joystick to move a colored square in the video game. We can see later in the video that the joystick has been disconnected from the computer, but Pager still appears to be playing Pong with his mind. That’s quite amusing, isn’t it?
“We are pleased to reveal the Link’s capability to enable a macaque monkey, named Pager, to move a cursor on a computer screen with neural activity using a 1,024 electrode fully-implanted neural recording and data transmission device,” according to an official statement.
Musk also took to the Twitter to discuss the issue. “Monkey plays Pong with his mind,” he tweeted. “A monkey is literally playing a video game telepathically using a brain chip!” he went on to say.
In a separate tweet, Musk stated that the first Neuralink product will enable “someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs.” “Later versions will be able to shunt signals from Neuralinks in the brain to Neuralinks in body motor/sensory neuron clusters, allowing paraplegics to walk again, for example,” he added. “We can go beyond simply predicting the most likely intended movement given the current pattern of brain activity: we can use these predictions to control, in real time, the movements of a computer cursor, or in the video, a MindPong paddle,” said Neuralink.