One of Elon Musk’s bold initiatives, “Neuralink”, which creates an interface between a brain and a computer chip, has posted a video to YouTube showing us a 9-year-old macaque monkey “Pager” playing a classic game Ping Pong (dubbed as Mind Pong) using his mind.
Previously, Elon Musk stated that a Neuralink chip was successfully implanted in a monkey allowing it to control a computer with its brain. And then company taught him to play video games using a joystick with a banana smoothie as a reward through a straw. In the meantime, the Neuralink chip recorded all the information about which neurons were firing, to predict hand movements. Once learning the patterns, the joystick that Pager was using got removed, and the monkey left to play the game by only using his mind as you can see in the video down below.
Further Elon Musk described the company’s goal stating that “First Neuralink product will let a paralyzed person tweet faster than a person using their thumbs on a smartphone.”
Musk has previously said that human trials could begin by the end of the year and with this achievement it looks very likely.
Neuralink Co-Founder Says “They Could Have Build Jurassic Park… if They Wanted To”
In a tweet last week, Elon Musk’s Neuralink co-founder, Max Hodak, that they could likely build a Jurassic Park if they wanted to. Yeah they’re talking about the Jurassic Park from the movie, where some very rich people built a theme park with real dinosaurs in it.
Just to be clear, Hodak did not has any plans to create a real world Jurassic Park – he just seemed to be referring to creating power of the technology either of his company or humans as a whole, so you don’t have to think yourself to be wondering in such thene park for a while.