Neuralink Monkey Brain Implant

Neuralink Monkey Brain Implant

Elon Musk’s start-up Neuralink that is devising brain-machine interfaces that is implantable to link computers and the human brain has released a new video in which a monkey plays a video game with just its mind. On 9th April 2021, Elon Musk shared the clip of the monkey playing the game, Pong on Twitter.

A nine-year-old Macaque plays MindPong with his Neuralink. Credit: Neuralink Official Youtube Channel.

A Neuralink was implanted in a 9-years old macaque monkey, named Pager around 6 weeks before the video was shot. He was initially trained to play a video game that is on-screen using a joystick. The clip shows that Pager firstly used the joystick to shift a colored square within the video game. Neuralinks was capable of using machine learning to foresee where the monkey is going to move the square and also anticipate its hand movements.

 

Gradually, the joysticks were separated from the computer, however, the monkey seemed to pursue playing Pong with just his mind. Neuralink, in a statement, mentioned that they are happy to disclose Link’s ability to allow a macaque

monkey called Pager, to move the cursor on a computer monitor with neural activity employing a 1,024 electrode wholly-implanted neural data transmission and recording device.

Elon Musk wrote that the monkey plays the game, Pong using his mind while sharing the Youtube video’s link on Twitter. He added that a monkey is literally playing a videogame telepathically with his brain chip. The tweet has got more than 60,000 likes and hundreds of stunned responses.

One Twitter user wrote that this is insane whereas another states that they don’t even know what they are going to accomplish using technology in the next few years and that they are excited for this.

In another tweet, Elon Musk asserted that the initial Neuralink product would facilitate some with paralysis to utilize a smartphone using their mind quickly compared to someone using thumbs.

The billionaire entrepreneur claimed that further new versions will be capable of shunting signals from Neuralinks within the brain to Neuralinks within sensory/body motor neuron clusters, hence allowing, for instance, paraplegics to walk again.

Based on Neuralink, by modeling the association between intended movement directions and various patterns of neural activity, they were capable of predicting an intended movement. They proclaimed that they can go more than just predicting the most probable intended movement provided the current style of brain activity: they can utilize these predictions to manage in real-time, the movements in the video game, a MindPong paddle, or of a computer cursor.

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Neuralink Monkey Brain Implant

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