By now we all know of Neuralink Corporation, a neurotechnology company founded by Elon Musk and others, developing implantable brain-machine interfaces. The company, sharing a blog post along with a video that shows what they’ve been up to has revealed a monkey playing pong by only using its brain using their technology.
Neuralink demonstrates in the video how they have used their sensor hardware and the brain implant to record a baseline of activity from a macaque named Pager.
This latest demo with Pager gives more clarity about the direction Neuralink’s tech is headed in terms of human applications.
Neuralink has mentioned in the blog that the same tech can be used to help patients with paralysis control a cursor on a computer, for starters. This can also be applied to other paradigms like including touch controls on an iPhone and typing using a virtual keyboard, Neuralink explained.
A monkey is literally playing a video game telepathically using a brain chip!!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 9, 2021