Eccentric biliionaire and boss of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk can claim another first, after he told an audience his company Neuralink has wired up a monkey’s brain to ” play video games with his mind”.
Musk said Neuralink has “a monkey with a wireless implant in their skull with tiny wires” which the company is testing its technology on.
“You can’t see where the implant is and he’s a happy monkey,” Musk told an audience on social media site Clubhouse.
The goal was to get the monkey to be able to play Pong, he said.
The video game-playing monkey was implanted with a wireless chip, Musk said, which enables it to control video game options with its mind only.
“He’s not uncomfortable and he doesn’t look weird,” Musk said
He said a further announcement would be made in the coming months.
The tech company has previously shown a video of its ability to record and potentially predict actions of a pig named Gertrude based on a wired chip implanted in its brain.