The chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk said in a chat on the ClubHouse application on Sunday 31, your startup Neuralink already implanted a chip into a monkey and did play video games with the mind.
The startup team, with about 100 employees, is developing an implementable “computer-brain” interface. According to Musk, it would function like the smartwatches sold today, but with tiny wires that enter the brain.
The billionaire also says that the company’s goal is “to increase the rate at which information flows from the human brain to a machine”, but for now, the chips will be developed and implanted in quadriplegic people with brain or spinal injuries. The idea is that they control devices, such as a mouse or a phone, with their mind.
Neuralink placed the chip in a monkey’s skull and used small wires to connect it to the animal’s brain. “He is not an unhappy monkey,” said Musk during the conversation. “You can’t even see where the neural implant was placed, except that it has a slight dark mohawk.”
Now, the company is trying to find out if it can get two monkeys to play ping pong between them with just their thoughts. “That would be really cool,” adds the CEO.
Shortly after, the CEO of SpaceX has reappeared on the social network to joke about the capabilities that Pager could have: ” Soon our monkey will be on Twitch and Discord, ” he said with a laugh.
Soon our monkey will be on twitch & discord haha— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 9, 2021
Elon also believes that artificial intelligence (AI) developed by Neuralink will one day be used by humans. In the long run, people will be able to send messages only by telepathy and will even be able to create a “saved state” after they die, as in a game, and put it in a robot or human. He admits that he is bordering on science fiction with these claims, but there is no doubt that Musk would be the person to take such ideas off the paper.