Scientists created devices to help monkeys control screens with their minds. A nine-year-old monkey named Pager can now play video games telepathically. With more testing, researchers hope humans can also adopt this ability.
Pager had two Neuralink devices put on each side of his brain that recorded his neuron activity while he interacted with the computer. More than 2,000 tiny wires were implanted in the regions of his motor cortex that coordinate hand and arm movements. This data was fed into a “decoder algorithm” to predict Pager’s intended hand movements in real time.
"The first Neuralink product will allow a paralyzed human to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using their thumbs. " said Neuralink and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Neuralink ultimately wants to increase the rate at which information can flow from the human brain to a machine. The hope is that devices such as Neuralink will soon allow paralyzed humans to use their minds to operate machines.
Watch the full video of the monkey gaming with mind control here