Here’s the Creepy Thing a Monkey Can Do After Getting One of Elon Musk’s Microchips Embedded in Its Brain


Anyone born before the turn of the century has witnessed the world’s most recent revolution — a technological one, embedded in a virtual reality, but no less real. Many of us watched the rise and fall of dial-up internet, the replacement of the floppy disk and CD-ROM with digital downloads, and we saw our archaic Nokia and flip phones replaced by smart devices. With all of these developments in a brief 25 years, we can only wonder what happens next, right? Elon Musk‘s Neuralink Corp. released a three-minute video on April 8, revealing a 9-year-old macaque monkey playing video games via two of the company’s implantable brain chips, possibly answering that question with: brain-computer interfaces. A Neuralink voice-over explained that the company “records from more than 2000 electrodes implanted in the regions of the monkey’s motor cortex that coordinate hand and arm movements,” Reuters reported. “Using these data, we calibrate the decoder by mathematically modelling the relationship between patterns of neural activity and the different joystick movements they produce.

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