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Elon Musk start-up wired up a monkey’s brain to play videogames

Elon Musk (image: Steve Jurvetson)

Elon Musk says one of his start-ups has a monkey with wires going into its brain that’s able to play videogames.

“He’s a happy monkey,” said Musk, the CEO of electric vehicle maker Tesla and backer of numerous other futuristic projects, including Neuralink, a start-up focused on developing a brain-computer interface.

He said videos would be released soon, perhaps in around one month, showing the wired monkeys.

Musk was speaking on Clubhouse, a private social app where users host off-the-cuff, informal conversations. He was asked about the latest developments at Neuralink, which was unveiled in 2017. The entrepreneur, who also founded rocket company SpaceX and is now the world’s richest person, is known for his wide interests, from artificial intelligence to underground highways.

“We have a monkey with a wireless implant in their skull with tiny wires who can play videogames with his mind,” Musk told several thousand listeners in a Clubhouse chatroom. “You can’t see where the implant is and he’s a happy monkey. We have the nicest monkey facilities in the world. We want them to play mind-Pong with each other.”

Musk explained that the “idea with neural link is addressing brain and spinal injuries” and making up people’s lost capacity with an implanted chip.

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

Although Clubhouse seems like nothing more than an app to hop onto various conference calls, it has become a popular platform for an estimated five million users, a jump from three million 10 days earlier.  — Reported by Reed Stevenson and River Davis, (c) 2021 Bloomberg LP

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