Richard Lawler

Neuralink’s brain-computer interface demo reveals a monkey taking part in Pong

Elon Musk’s final replace on Neuralink — his firm that’s engaged on expertise that may join the human mind on to a pc — featured a pig with one in every of its chips implanted in its mind. Now Neuralink is demonstrating its progress by displaying a Macaque with one of many Hyperlink chips taking part in Pong. At first utilizing “Pager” is proven utilizing a joystick, after which ultimately, in accordance with the narration, utilizing solely its thoughts by way of the wi-fi connection.

Right this moment we’re happy to disclose the Hyperlink’s functionality to allow a macaque monkey, named Pager, to maneuver a cursor on a pc display screen with neural exercise utilizing a 1,024 electrode fully-implanted neural recording and information transmission system, termed the N1 Hyperlink. We’ve implanted the Hyperlink within the hand and arm areas of the motor cortex, part of the mind that’s concerned in planning and executing actions. We positioned Hyperlinks bilaterally: one within the left motor cortex (which controls actions of the appropriate facet of the physique) and one other in the appropriate motor cortex (which controls the left facet of the physique).

In an accompanying weblog publish, Neuralink says it is constructing on a long time of analysis that developed methods connecting “a few hundred electrodes” that wanted a bodily connector by way of the pores and skin, in comparison with its N1 Hyperlink with 1,024 electrodes. In line with Neuralink, “Our mission is to build a safe and effective clinical BMI system that is wireless and fully implantable that users can operate by themselves and take anywhere they go; to scale up the number of electrodes for better robustness and higher information throughput; and to automate the implant surgery to make it as rapid and safe as possible.”

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Musk, as regular, went a bit additional in his tweets, saying the “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.”

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