Elon Musk’s Neuralink, one of his many companies and the only one currently focused on mind control (of which we are aware), has posted a new blog post and video detailing some of his recent updates. – including the use of its material to make it possible. for a monkey to play pong with only his brain.
In the video above, Neuralink shows how he used his sensor hardware and brain implant to record a baseline of activity from this macaque (named “ Pager ”) while playing a game of the screen where he had to move a token on different squares using a joystick with his hand. Using this baseline data, Neuralink was able to use machine learning to anticipate where the pager was going to move the physical controller, and was ultimately able to accurately predict it before the movement actually took place. The researchers then removed the paddle entirely and eventually did the same with Pong, eventually finding themselves in a place where Pager no longer even moved his hand in the air on the non-existent paddle, and instead controlled the action of the paddle. play entirely with one’s mind via Link hardware and built-in neural threads.
The last time we saw Neuralink, Musk himself was demonstrating Link technology in August 2020, using pigs to show how he was able to read brain signals based on different stimuli. This new demo with Pager more clearly describes the direction the technology is taking in terms of human applications, because, as the company shared on its blog, the same technology could be used to help paralyzed patients manipulate a cursor on a computer, for example. It 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.
Musk separately tweeted that in fact he expects the initial version of the Neuralink product to allow a paralyzed person who prevents standard modes of telephone interaction to use one faster than people using their thumbs. for input. He also added that future iterations of the product would be able to enable communication between Neuralinks in different parts of a patient’s body, transmitting between a brain node and neural pathways in the legs, for example, allowing “paraplegics to walk again”.
These are obviously bold claims, but the company cites a lot of existing research that underpins its existing demos and short-term goals. Musk’s more ambitious claims should, like all of his projections, be taken with a fair amount of skepticism. He added that he hoped human trials would begin “hopefully later this year,” for example – which is already two years later that he initially predicted they could begin.