Elon Musk’s Neuralink makes new strides in it’s computer-human interface bid

Elon Musk’s Neuralink has released a new  video showing new strides in  their bid to connect the human mind to computers.
In the latest video a monkey can be seen playing a computer game “Pong” with only its brain,which has been fitted with Neuralink’s implants.

In the video,Neuralink demonstrates how it used its sensor hardware and brain implant to record a baseline of activity from this macaque (named “Pager”) as it played a game on-screen where it had to move a token to different squares using a joystick with its hand. Using that baseline data, Neuralink was able to use machine learning to anticipate where Pager was going to be moving the physical controller, and was eventually able to predict it accurately before the move was actually made.

Researchers then removed the paddle entirely, and eventually did the same thing with Pong, ultimately ending up at a place where Pager no longer was even moving its hand on the air on the nonexistent paddle, and was instead controlling the in-game action entirely with its mind via the Link hardware and embedded neural threads.

Recall that sometime in August 2020, Musk himself was seen demonstrating the Link tech live, using pigs to show how it was able to read signals from the brain depending on different stimuli.

This new demo with Pager more clearly outlines the direction that the tech is headed in terms of human applications, since, as the company shared on its blog, the same technology could be used to help patients with paralysis manipulate a cursor on a computer, for instance. That could be applied to other paradigms as well, including touch controls on an iPhone, and even typing using a virtual keyboard, according to the company.

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Written by Andrew Odoe
Serial Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Social Activist and Writer.
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