You may be greatly moved by Elon Musk’s Neuralink idea, but it cannot be denied that its impact is spectacular. If you believe the video provided on the project channel, the researchers managed to enable the tested monkeys to play Pong with a device implanted in the brain.
From the recorded video, we can learn that a 9-year-old macaque named Pager was implanted with a Neuralink device 6 weeks ago and can be played without using any controller. Everything is done through implants, which can help him control the cursor with his own thoughts.
However, before scientists can make such progress on the project, it is necessary to train Pager. The macaque was first taught to play Pong with the help of a controller to create a brain map that shows the relevant neurons responsible for controlling the gaming device. As a reward, the animal was given a banana milkshake to encourage them to study further.
But when scientists managed to save information about the relevant brain area responsible for controlling the controller, it was obtained from macaque monkeys. Animals who have learned the appropriate mode can only start the game on their own with the help of their brains connected to the implanted Neuralink device.
The video clearly shows that Pager is still receiving cocktails through the tube as a motivation to continue playing. However, no controller is visible, which shows that scientists have indeed made a breakthrough in brain implants. Since the last pig test did not look very appealing, the Neuralink project has come a long way in achieving significant success.
For anyone who is paralyzed or has limited mobility, this achievement is undoubtedly a great hope. Properly configured Neuralink can significantly improve the quality of life and achieve independent operation to a certain extent. Elon Musk will definitely deal with further experiments. When its design becomes so advanced that it can be used in daily life, this is still an open question.