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Neuralink's brain-computer interface demo shows a monkey playing Pong

Engadget

Elon Musk's last update on Neuralink -- his company that is working on technology that will connect the human brain directly to a computer -- featured a pig with one of its chips implanted in its brain. Now Neuralink is demonstrating its progress by showing a Macaque with one of the Link chips playing Pong. At first using "Pager" is shown using a joystick, and then eventually, according to the narration, using only its mind via the wireless connection. Monkey plays Pong with his mind https://t.co/35NIFm4C7T Today we are pleased to reveal the Link's capability to enable a macaque monkey, named Pager, to move a cursor on a computer screen with neural activity using a 1,024 electrode fully-implanted neural recording and data transmission device, termed the N1 Link.


Elon Musk's brain-implant lab claims this poor monkey's playing 'Pong' with its mind

Mashable

Elon Musk's brain-implant lab, Neuralink, today released video appearing to show something the tech billionaire has been bragging about since 2019: a monkey playing a video game ... with its mind. In the video (and an accompanying one of the Neuralink signal readout, if you're into that), a rhesus macaque named Pager is shown playing simple games on a screen while sucking on a straw that's delivering a tasty banana smoothie as a reward. Pager, at first, uses a joystick to move a dot around a grid, placing it onto squares that light up one by one at random. In the next sequence, he's still using the joystick -- but as the gently British-accented narrator points out, the joystick apparatus is quite clearly unplugged. The implant, we're told, is transmitting data from the electrical signals his brain emits as he plays.


Elon Musk's Neuralink unveils effort to build implant that can read your mind

The Guardian

Elon Musk's secretive "brain-machine interface" startup, Neuralink, stepped out of the shadows on Tuesday evening, revealing its progress in creating a wireless implantable device that can – theoretically – read your mind. At an event at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Musk touted the startup's achievements since he founded it in 2017 with the goal of staving off what he considers to be an "existential threat": artificial intelligence (AI) surpassing human intelligence. Two years later, Neuralink claims to have achieved major advances toward Musk's goal of having human and machine intelligence work in "symbiosis". Neurolink says it has designed very small "threads" – smaller than a human hair – that can be injected into the brain to detect the activity of neurons. It also says it has developed a robot to insert those threads in the brain, under the direction of a neurosurgeon.


Elon Musk's brain chip Neuralink is plagued by turmoil and rushed timelines former employees claim

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Elon Musk has kept a tight lid on his brain chip startup Neuralink, but the billionaire is set to'show neurons firing in real-time on August 28.' The unveiling will be a major event for the firm, but according former Neuralink employees the progress has come at a cost. Ex-staff members told STAT that the company is plagued by internal conflict and the slow pace of science could not keep up with Musk's demanding timelines. They claim scientists were given weeks to complete certain projects knowing the research needed weeks to perfect, creating a'pressure cooker' within the company. Neuralink was also found to test its surgical procedure on monkeys, even though the system posed a risk to the animals, a former employee told STAT.


Neuralink could create 'exotic species' of dinosaurs, co-founder says

Daily Mail - Science & tech

US technology company Neuralink could create'novel exotic species' of dinosaurs in just 15 years, according to Max Hodak, one of its co-founders. Hodak is an American entrepreneur and technologist who co-founded the contentious neurotechnology firm with Elon Musk. The firm, known for putting a computer chip in the brain of a pig, could'probably build Jurassic Park' if it wanted to, Hodak said, in reference to the 1993 blockbuster film. Neuralink is currently working on technology that aims to allow people to hook their brains up to a computer and effectively become cyborgs. Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern and Sam Neill watch dinosaur eggs hatch in a scene from the film'Jurassic Park', 1993 Elon Musk's latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices.