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Monkey Equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink Device Plays Pong with Its Brain


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A macaque playing a game onscreen with his mind.

Elon Musk's Neuralink company implanted an controller in a monkey's brain that allowed it to play the game of Pong through the power of thought.

Credit: Neuralink

Elon Musk's Neuralink company released a blog post and video showing a monkey playing the game of Pong by thought, via the firm's sensor hardware and brain implant.

The technology recorded a baseline of activity from a macaque playing a game onscreen where it had to move a token to different squares using a joystick.

Neuralink then employed machine learning to predict where the monkey wanted to move the controller, and eventually was able to anticipate this accurately before the move was made.

Researchers eliminated the paddle entirely and repurposed Pong to enable the animal to control in-game action entirely with its mind.

Neuralink envisions the technology helping paralyzed patients, and Musk suggested future versions would facilitate communication between Neuralinks in different parts of a patient's body.

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