Elon Musk says he wired a monkey’s brain to play video games

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Elon Musk speaks during a discussion at the Satellite 2020 conference.

Elon Musk says one of his startups has a wired monkey in his brain that can play video games.

“He’s a happy monkey,” said Musk, general manager of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. and a supporter of numerous other futuristic projects, including Neuralink Corp., a startup focused on developing a brain-computer interface.

He said videos showing the wired monkeys would be released soon, maybe in a month or so.

Musk spoke about Clubhouse, a private social app where users have informal off the shelf conversations. He was asked about the latest developments at Neuralink, which were unveiled in 2017. The entrepreneur, who also owns the rocket company Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and is now the richest person in the world, is known for his broad interests, from artificial intelligence to underground highways.

“We have a monkey with a wireless implant in its skull with tiny wires that can play video games with its mind,” Musk told thousands of people in a clubhouse chat room. “You can’t see where the implant is and he’s a happy monkey. We have the most beautiful facilities for monkeys in the world. We want them to play mind pong together.”

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Musk explained that the “neural connection idea is to address injuries to the brain and spine” and make up for people’s lost capacity with an implanted chip.

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

Although Clubhouse appears to be nothing more than an app for accessing various conference calls, it has become a popular platform for an estimated 5 million users, a jump from 3 million 10 days ago.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and posted from a syndicated feed.)

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