Monkey in a telepathic state with a computer
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed on Sunday that a monkey has been wired up to play video games using its mind to control the machine.
The chip was planted to allow monkeys to play “mind Pong” games with one another. Indeed, it was successfully implanted in a monkey, allowing it to control a computer with its brain.
However, specific details on how the process was carried out, Musk confirmed that the outcome was “very positive.”
Musk clarified that the objective of the neurons linking company –Neuralink-, is tending to brain and spinal cord injuries. Neuralink also aims to improve the human brain’s capacity and cognition.
Neuralink’s team of almost 100 people is attempting to build an implementable computer-brain interface. Musk describes it as a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires that go into your brain.
Neuralink remains a controversial topic, as many are contemplating the potential misuse of AI.
However, Musk has faith that Neuralink will revolutionize neuroscience. Cure complications related to the nervous system such as paralysis, blindness and memory loss.
The Chip Monkey is a Happy Monkey
Elon Musk gave a few additional insights concerning Neuralink’s test monkeys.
Musk told a few thousand audience members that his organization has a cheerful monkey with Neuralink embedded in its skull. The chipped monkey is currently enjoying video games.
Musk announced, “We have a monkey with a wireless implant in their skull with tiny wires that can play video games with his mind.”
“You can’t see where the implant is and he’s a happy monkey. We have the nicest monkey facilities in the world. We want them to play mind-Pong with each other.” He added.
When Neuralink was first featured, numerous individuals raised a worry. Embedding a gadget in the skull would not only be a tremendously troublesome system; however it probably won’t look all that cosmetically satisfying either.
However, all these concerns are relieved as Musk stated that “You can’t even see where the neural implant was put in, except that he’s got a slight like dark mohawk.”
Elon Musk clarified that the device would sit flush with the skull.
To answer people’s questions, Musk further added “There are primitive versions of this device with wires sticking out of your head, but it’s like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires that go into your brain.”
Neuralink will transform humans to Cyborgs
Individuals, in actuality, already resemble “cyborgs” since they have a tertiary “digital layer” because of telephones, PCs and applications, as indicated by Musk.
“With a direct neural interface, we can improve the bandwidth between your cortex and your digital tertiary layer by many orders of magnitude,” he said. “I’d say probably at least 1,000, or maybe 10,000, or more.”
The cortex is a part of the brain that plays a key role in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language, and consciousness. The digital layer he refers to could be anything from a person’s iPhone to their Twitter account.
Musk asserts that Neuralink could permit people to send ideas to each other utilizing clairvoyance and exist in a “saved state” after they pass away, that could then be placed into a robot or another human.
Hence, intellect shall never die, which might sound a bit too optimistic. Elon Musk recognized that he was diving into the science fiction region.
Musk’s short term plan is to embed Neuralink chips into quadriplegics who have mind or spinal wounds. The goal is to allow the injured to “control a computer mouse, or their phone, or really any device just by thinking.”
Musk said Neuralink will “probably” release videos that highlight the progress of the research in the upcoming months.