Neuralink installs chip in Monkey that appears in video playing pong “telepathically”


When Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, introduced Neuralink to the public, with the plan to connect the human brain with the machines, implanting a chip, several people found the plan very futuristic. Now, Elon Musk has shared a video that shows that the project has made great strides.

The team Neuralink took advantage of an in-app conversation Clubhouse to share a video of a monkey playing Pong '' telepathically ''.

The used monkey is nine years old, and was christened as Pager. A wireless neurotransmitter was implanted in the animal's brain, the primate managed to play without using a controller, something that Neuralink had already announced in February this year. The device was implanted in the motor cortex of the brain, responsible for executing movements in the areas of the hand and arm, thus giving the ability to use only the mind to guide the direction of the Pong game (as can be seen in the video above).

The chip installed in the primate's brain allowed scientists to use machine learning to anticipate the movements the monkey used to control the game. Then, based on the brain waves generated, the physical controls were removed and the game started to be controlled mentally, as you can see in the video, the primate did not need to use his hands.

In February of this year, Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, in an interview with the program good time show, had stated that Neuralink’s goal is to get monkeys to play videogames each. 

"One of the things we’re trying to figure out is how we can have monkeys playing Pong with each other“, Declared Elon Musk. 

This concept is not new, some companies have implanted chips in patients with paralysis and managed to control a robotic arm using only the brain's nerve impulses. But, the type of chip that Neuralink uses is quite evolved and the results are in sight.

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