Elon Musk’s Startup Has A Wired-Up Monkey That Plays Video Games

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • In an interview Sunday, Elon Musk said that his startup Neuralink has wired up a monkey to play video games.
  • A computer chip has been placed into the monkey’s skull so that “tiny wires” can connect to its brain, the Tesla CEO said.
  • Musk said that the goal of the implanted chip technology is to address brain and spinal injuries.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says in an interview at Clubhouse that his startup Neuralink has a monkey with “tiny wires” going into its brain so it can play video games. San Francisco-based Neuralink Corp. is a startup dedicated to developing a brain-computer interface.

“He’s a happy monkey,” said the billionaire. He said videos of the wired-up monkeys would be released maybe in a month’s time.

Clubhouse is a private social app where users host off-the-cuff, informal conversations. It has become a popular social media platform for an estimated 5 million users, a big increase from 3 million 10 days ago.

The entrepreneur told some thousand listeners in the chatroom: “We have a monkey with a wireless implant in their skull with tiny wires who can play video games with his mind. You can’t see where the implant is and he’s a happy monkey. We have the nicest monkey facilities in the world. We want them to play mind-Pong with each other.”

Musk talked about the simian after being asked about the recent developments at Neuralink, which was launched in 2017. He also founded rocket company Space Exploration Technologies Corp. or SpaceX. The genius billionaire is now the world’s richest person, surpassing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Musk is famous for his wide interests, from artificial intelligence to underground highways.

Musk said that the goal of the brain-linking technology is to address brain and spinal injuries and making up a person’s lost capacity with an implanted chip.

“There are primitive versions of this device with wires sticking out of your head, but it’s like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires that go into your brain,” he said.

Source: Bloomberg/MSN

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