Neuralink, the San Francisco-based brain-chip venture founded by the world’s second-richest man, Tesla boss Elon Musk, had released video footages on Friday showing that a monkey with brain chips playing video games by thinking, marking up a massive development that could potentially open up a new window of opportunity for diseased, disabled or paralyzed people to control smartphones, gadgets or their computers by just thinking.
In point of fact, in a three-minute video published late on Friday, Neuralink showed that a male monkey with more than 2,000 electrodes alongside chips implanted on both sides of its brain, had been playing ‘Mind Pong,’ a game where paddles could be shuttled on either ways by thinking about moving the hands up or down.
Neuralink products will enable disabled to use smartphones with minds: Musk
Meanwhile, the video’s voiceover said that the latest Neuralink project was conducted by recording and decoding brain signals, and by using more than 2,000 electrodes implanted on motor cortex that controls hand and arm movements, adding “Using these data, we calibrate the decoder by mathematically modelling the relationship between patterns of neural activity and the different joystick movements they produce”.
Besides, expressing a sheer enthusiasm over usage of Neuralink products, Musk tweeted late on Thursday, “First Neuralink product will enable someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs.
Later versions will be able to shunt signals from Neuralinks in brain to Neuralinks in body motor/sensory neuron clusters, thus enabling, for example, paraplegics to walk again. The device is implanted flush with skull & charges wirelessly, so you look & feel totally normal. ”