Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur, has come up with a brain-chip startup in Neuralink. A video about this was released on Friday, which shows that a monkey is trying to play a video game after being implanted with the new chip technology.
The San Francisco-based company- Neuralink, which Elon Musk co-founded in 2016, is aiming to implant wireless brain chips. These computerized brain chips can provide aid in curing diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other injuries in the spinal cord. The billionaire’s startup chip has been implemented, and footage of that has been released on Friday. The footage shows a monkey enjoying and playing a very simple video game after being implanted with the newly made technology.
Monkey Will Be Able to Make Decisions While Playing Video Games
The video which came up on Friday is of three minutes, and it shows a male macaque, Pager, with the new tech chips implanted on either side of the brain. He is busy playing the video game ‘Mind Pong.’ The macaque has been trained to move a joystick on a controller, but it has been kept unplugged. So he controls the paddle by thinking about whether to move his hands up or down.
The startup will try out these implants on paralyzed people and see whether such people are able to use smartphones. They will be trying to use these smartphones with their minds faster than using the thumbs.
As further work is done on the chips, it will be able to shunt the signals from Neuralinks in the brain to the ones in the body motor neurons or the sensory neuron groups. This will make it possible for people with paraplegia to get up and walk again. The device is placed on the skull and can be charged wirelessly, so it feels and looks totally normal.
The company uses these implants and records and decodes electrical signals coming from the brain. This is done using 2,000 electrodes that are implanted in the monkey’s motor cortex, which helps in the coordination of the hands and arms movement. With all the data obtained, the decoder is calibrated by modeling the relationship between neural activity patterns and the several joystick movements that have been made mathematically.
Musk has also shown a pig with the chip implanted on it and has described it as Fitbit in your skull last year in August. He is known to bring in people who can think differently and can make things happen. He has developed technology for electric cars, rockets, and others through his companies, SpaceX and Tesla Inc.