New video from Elon Musk's Neuralink claims monkey is playing Pong with his mind

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Brett Molina, USA TODAY
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Neuralink, the neurotechnology startup created by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, released a video that appears to show a monkey playing the video game Pong with only its brain.

A video posted to YouTube demonstrates the Neuralink, brain implant technology aimed at helping people deal with devastating injuries, on Pager, a 9-year-old macaque.

Neuralinks were placed on each side of Pager's brain, according to the video. The links track the parts of the brain focused on hand and arm movements and record the neural activity.

Once that activity is decoded, the Neuralinks are able to predict the monkey's hand movements in real time.

Neuralink is the latest endeavor from Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.
Neuralink is the latest endeavor from Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.

The monkey is shown playing a game of Pong, purportedly moving the paddle to strike the ball by just thinking where he wants it to go.

"Our goal is to enable a person with paralysis to use a computer or phone with their brain activity alone," a narrator says in the video.

Musk lauded the developments with Neuralink on Twitter: "A monkey is literally playing a video game telepathically using a brain chip!!"

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