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Elon Musk's Neuralink shows monkey with brain-chip playing videogame by thinking

EconomyApr 09, 2021 09:31PM ET
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(Reuters) - Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's brain-chip startup released footage on Friday appearing to show a monkey playing a simple videogame after getting implants of the new technology.

The 3-minute video by Neuralink https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsCul1sp4hQ shows Pager, a male macaque with chips embedded on each side of its brain, playing 'Mind Pong'. Although he was trained to move a joystick, it is now unplugged. He controls the paddle simply by thinking about moving his hand up or down.

"First @Neuralink product will enable someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs," Musk tweeted https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1380315654524301315?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1380315654524301315%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theverge.com%2F2021%2F4%2F8%2F22374749%2Felon-musk-neuralink-monkey-pong-brain-interface on Thursday.

"Later versions will be able to shunt signals from Neuralinks in brain to Neuralinks in body motor/sensory neuron clusters, thus enabling, for example, paraplegics to walk again. The device is implanted flush with skull & charges wirelessly, so you look & feel totally normal."

Neuralink works by recording and decoding 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, the video's voiceover said.

"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 Musk in 2016, San Francisco-based Neuralink aims to implant wireless brain computer chips to help cure neurological conditions like Alzheimer's, dementia and spinal cord injuries and fuse humankind with artificial intelligence.

In August 2020, Musk unveiled a pig with a Neuralink chip implant, describing it as "a Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) in your skull."

Musk has a history of bringing together diverse experts to develop technology previously limited to academic labs, including for rockets and electrical vehicles, through companies such as Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Inc and SpaceX.

Elon Musk's Neuralink shows monkey with brain-chip playing videogame by thinking
 

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Tijani Hammed
Tijani Hammed Apr 11, 2021 5:16AM ET
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wow... Great idea
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Samantha Sa Apr 10, 2021 7:51AM ET
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" . . . fuse humankind with artificial intelligence . . ." Think about that and all it's implications. Like who will have access to this phenomenon and who will not and the worst person you have ever known made smarter and constructed to live longer.
Lawrenti Berija
Lawrenti Berija Apr 10, 2021 2:38AM ET
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monkeys play videogames without implants - clearly this demonstrates they even can do that with brain damage
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perplexed76 . Apr 10, 2021 2:31AM ET
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oh, now i see why bitcoin making new record high
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President Xi Jinping Apr 10, 2021 2:31AM ET
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Lol
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fascinating development..
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A_Jaundiced_Eye Apr 09, 2021 10:04PM ET
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Let's see the chimp go one-on-one with Joe B. !!
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Benjamin McIntire Apr 09, 2021 10:04PM ET
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Already saw that in the presidential debates
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Ones a chimp the other's a chump
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👌👌👌🥰🥰🥰🥰
 
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