A new Neuralink video shows nine-year-old Macaque playing the classic video game… using a brain-implant device.
Neuralink, the brain-implant startup founded by SpaceX head honcho and self-appointed “technoking” Elon Musk, has unveiled a new video of a nine-year-old monkey named “Pager” playing Pong… with its brain.
The three minute video shows Pager learning to control a computer with his brain activity. At first, the monkey uses a joystick to interact with the computer for a “tasty banana smoothie, delivered through a straw.” The narrator states Pager has two Neuralink devices implanted in his brain. The devices, which Musk calls a “Fitbit for your skull,” were revealed at a press briefing in August 2020.
As Pager plays through the games, the narrator explains the Neuralink devices in his brain are reading his brain activity and that activity is being decoded by a computer. When the team disconnect the joystick, Pager keeps playing the game — and the brain-implant allows him to play “MindPong,” as Neuralink has dubbed it.
The full video is above.
Musk claimed in a tweet Thursday that the first product from the startup would allow “someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs.”
That’s a future that still seems a long way off.
“MindPong is an initial demonstration of the potential capabilities of the N1 Link,” the company said in a press release. “However, it’s important to remember that it is a small slice of what our device is intended to achieve.”
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SOURCE: c|net – Jackson Ryan