Scroll Top

Elon Musk’s Neuralink helps monkies play Pong with their minds



Plenty of people in the world have neurological disorders, from brain damage to paralysis, that will benefit from this technology.


Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential Universityconnect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog.

In another breakthrough for Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology Neuralink, the neuro-technology startup created by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who recently showed off their connected pigs, have now released another video that shows a 9 year old monkey called Pager playing the video game Pong using only its brain.


Scientists may have identified the genes responsible for ageing


The video, which was posted to YouTube, is yet another demonstration of the increasingly powerful technology that Musk hopes will one day help people merge with Artificial Intelligence (AI), and help people with neurological conditions and damage overcome their injuries and regain their lives.

In the experiment Neuralink capsules were placed on each side of Pager’s brain, according to the video, and used to track and record the neural activity of the parts of his brain that focuses on hand and arm movements.


Can you play Pong with your mind?


Once that activity was decoded they were then able to predict the monkey’s hand movements in real time. The monkey is shown playing a game of Pong, purportedly moving the paddle to strike the ball by just thinking where he wants it to go.


NASA starts assembling the spacecraft that will save Earth from an asteroid strike


“Our goal is to enable a person with paralysis to use a computer or phone with their brain activity alone,” a narrator says in the video.

Meanwhile Musk lauded the developments with Neuralink on Twitter: “A monkey is literally playing a video game telepathically using a brain chip!!” he said.

Related Posts

Comments (1)

[…] founder of the neurotechnology company Neuralink, which has been jamming neural computer chips into the brains of monkeys for a while now, and wants to merge humans with AI, has said the first human received an implant […]

Leave a comment


1000's of articles about the exponential future, 1000's of pages of insights, 1000's of videos, and 100's of exponential technologies: Get The Email from 311, your no-nonsense briefing on all the biggest stories in exponential technology and science.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This