Elon Musk’s brain-implant lab claims this poor monkey’s playing ‘Pong’ with its mind

Elon Musk's brain-implant lab claims this poor monkey's playing 'Pong' with its mind

Elon Musk’s brain-implant lab, Neuralink, today released video appearing to show something the tech billionaire has been bragging about since 2019: a monkey playing a video game … with its mind.

In the video (and an accompanying one of the Neuralink signal readout, if you’re into that), a rhesus macaque named Pager is shown playing simple games on a screen while sucking on a straw that’s delivering a tasty banana smoothie as a reward. 

Pager, at first, uses a joystick to move a dot around a grid, placing it onto squares that light up one by one at random. In the next sequence, he’s still using the joystick — but as the gently British-accented narrator points out, the joystick apparatus is quite clearly unplugged. The implant, we’re told, is transmitting data from the electrical signals his brain emits as he plays. Using the data gathered while Pager was previously using the joystick, the implant and linked software can control the cursor, interpreting what movements the signals were instructing Pager’s hand to make, and sending those instructions straight to the cursor itself. Read more…

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