Elon Musk’s Neuralink shows monkey with brain chip playing video game

Elon Musk startup Neuralink shows monkey with brain chip implants playing video game
Elon Musk co-founded the San Francisco-based Neuralink in 2016. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: On Friday, Elon Musk’s brain-chip startup Neuralink released a three-minute footage appearing to show a monkey playing a simple video game after getting implants of the new technology.

The video by Neuralink shows Pager, a male macaque with chips embedded on each side of its brain, playing Mind Pong. Although the monkey was trained to move a joystick, it is now unplugged. The monkey appears to control the paddle simply by thinking about moving his hand up or down.

Musk tweeted on Thursday: “First @Neuralink product will enable someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs.”

Neuralink works by decoding and recording electrical signals from the brain using more than 2,000 electrodes implanted in regions of the monkey’s motor cortex that coordinate hand and arm movements, according to the video’s voiceover.

The voiceover added: “Using these data, we calibrate the decoder by mathematically modeling the relationship between patterns of neural activity and the different joystick movements they produce.“

Co-founded by the he billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk in 2016, the San Francisco-based Neuralink aims to implant wireless brain computer chips to help cure neurological conditions like spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer’s, dementia and fuse humankind with artificial intelligence – though the technology is still in its early stages.

Musk unveiled a pig with a Neuralink chip implant In August 2020, describing it as “a Fitbit in your skull”.

In July 2019, the startup showed off a design that involved implanting tiny electrode “threads” into the brain as well as another device behind the ear.

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