Elon Musk has created a system that has the potential for a monkey to play video games with its mind.
The Tesla founder revealed this in a recent discussion on Clubhouse, where he announced that his team at Neuralink put a chip inside the monkey’s head and connected it to its brain using “tiny wires,” Musk said, as reported by CNBC.
“It’s not an unhappy monkey,” Musk said. “You can’t even see where the neural implant was put in, except that he’s got a slight like dark mohawk.”
The idea here is to ascertain if it’s possible for monkeys to play a game of “mind Pong” together. “That would be pretty cool,” the billionaire said.
Whether or not Neuralink has been able to achieve this yet is unknown. Neuralink is a company that is trying to create advanced computer-brain interfaces. The company is designing what it claims to be the world’s first neural implant that allows you to control a device with your mind. This is called a brain-machine-interface (BMI), and Musk is not alone in believing it could be the future.
Valve boss Gabe Newell also believes that such technology could prove to be one of the next steps that humans take as it relates to technology-driven evolution.
“We’re working on an open source project so that everybody can have high-resolution [brain signal] read technologies built into headsets, in a bunch of different modalities,” Newell told TVNZ in January.
In the context of video games, Newell said such technology could be used to determine if a player is excited, sad, bored, or surprised and then have the game in question adapt as a result. Newell also said he predicts a future where the real world will seem too boring and dull compared to what’s possible with brain-machine-interface systems.
“The real world will seem flat, colourless, blurry compared to the experiences you’ll be able to create in people’s brains,” he said.