in a video example that was shared by Mr Musk a nine-year-old macaque monkey named Pager with a Neuralink inserted on each side of his brain.
The two chips, implanted flush with the skull, sent brain signals from the monkey passing through a 1,024 electrode transmission device named the N1 Link. The neural action is then decoded and calibrated in order to predict the monkey’s thoughts.
Within six weeks of practice, the monkey had developed the ability to play the 1970’s video game classic Pong with a banana smoothie as a reward.
Neuralink’s video stated that To control his paddle on the right side of the screen, Pager simply thinks about moving his hand up or down.
“As you can see, Pager is amazingly good at mind Pong. He’s focussed and he’s playing entirely of his own volition. It’s not magic, the reason Neuralink works is because it’s recording and decoding electrical signals from the brain.”
Mr Musk tweeted “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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