It appears to be that monkeys can now play video games with their mind using the Elon Musk Neurolink that has been developing. A video of that just surfaced in YouTube showing a monkey playing pong with its mind. To see that video check out the link.
Neurolink is a company owned by Elon Musk which focuses on developing machines that can interface with the brain to help paralyzed people. After years of working the company says they have now made a monkey play video game with its mind and posted the video on YouTube. Though this is not the normal way of revealing such technologic advancement.
From what we have seen in the video a monkey named Pager which is 9 years old is playing a game of pong on a screen after the Neurolink was implanted 6 weeks ago.
This is what the video narrator said “He was first taught to play video games with a joystick for a banana smoothie reward, delivered through a metal straw. While he was doing this, the Neuralink device recorded information about which neurons were firing — learning, essentially, to predict hand movements by recording which regions fired. After learning the patterns, the joystick Pager used to play was disconnected from the computer. The monkey appears to go on playing the game using only his mind — playing a game of Pong with no joystick whatsoever.”
This seems to be a breakthrough in the research the company has started, however, earlier on Elon has said in 2019 that a monkey can already control a computer with its mind. We don’t know if it’s the same money or a different one and while the wait for 2 years before releasing the video. He ended up tweeting that the Neurolink implant might just be a paralyzed persons’ hope to tweet faster than a normal person using their thumb on a smartphone. Elon Musk also added that a later goal, will be to send signals from Neuralinks in the brain to Neuralinks in major body neural clusters, “thus enabling, for example, paraplegics to walk again.”