Neuralink, Elon Musk’s start-up that is developing implantable brain-machine interfaces to connect the human brain to computers, has released a video which shows a monkey playing a video game using only its mind. Elon Musk shared the video of the monkey playing Pong on Twitter this morning.
Pager, a nine-year-old macaque monkey, had a Neuralink implanted about six weeks before the video was filmed. The experiment started with Pager play an on-screen game with a joystick. The video shows Pager initially using the joystick to move a colored square in the video game. Neuralink was able to use machine learning to anticipate where the monkey would move the square and predict its hand movements.
Eventually, the joystick was disconnected from the computer, but the monkey appears to continue playing Pong using only his mind. “We are pleased to reveal the Link’s capability to enable a macaque monkey, named Pager, to move a cursor on a computer screen with neural activity using a 1,024 electrode fully-implanted neural recording and data transmission device,” Neuralink said in a statement.
Take a look at Elon Musk’s post and the YouTube video: