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Neuralink Has An Extraordinary Monkey That Writes Telepathically Using A Virtual Keyboard

On Wednesday, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter, hosted a "show and tell" for his odd and somewhat nebulous creation, Neuralink. Neuralink has an extraordinary monkey. An audience member was greeted by a monkey who, using a brain-computer interface, typed a message.

Alexander McCaslin
Dec 01, 20222 Shares159 Views
On Wednesday, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter, hosted a "show and tell" for his odd and somewhat nebulous creation, Neuralink. Neuralink has an extraordinary monkey. An audience member was greeted by a monkey who, using a brain-computer interface, typed a message.
Neuronal action potentials are captured by Neuralink's product. To achieve this, an electrode is placed at the synapse of two neurons in the brain and the resulting electrical impulse is recorded. Neuronal injury or impairment to the host patient where the electrode is placed have been ruled out by this procedure, according to the National Institute of Health. Dubbed "Deep Brain Stimulation" in the scientific community (DBS).
Neuralink is developing a groundbreaking technologythat might restore mobility to the paraplegic. The goal of the experiment is to stimulate the parts of the brain responsible for movement, mimicking their function and mimicking the areas of the brain where synaptic action no longer occurs.

The Smartest Monkey You'll See

Neuralink demonstrated a new ability with the help of a monkey called Sake, who was able to mentally follow instructions and write on a computer keyboard. The Neuralink implant in the monkey is rechargeable using radio frequency.
The Neuralink event began with a slow-typed "Welcome to Show & Tell." The typewriter was a brain-controlled monkey. The monkey controlled the computer via complicated learning patterns. It seems that a fruit smoothie was used as bait to get Sake to sit under a charger. Simply by thinking, Sake was able to type on a virtual keyboard.
Neuralink experts described how they taught the monkey to respond to numbers and characters on the display. The monkey was awarded for tracing letters, numbers, and words. The monkey finally spoke. Monkey brain implants organize neural activity. Thinking about letters helps the monkey operate the screen.
The monkey's brain electrodes connect the brain and computer. Long, thin metalized fiber electrodes. They're 5–50 microns thick, thinner than hair. If dropped, they would float away on modest wind currents.

Watch Neuralink Scientist Demo Brain Chip Insertion Surgery

Neuralink has already shown that it is possible to record neural activity using its electrodes. Neuralink computers were taught to decode motor control signals by studying the brain activity of a monkey called Pager while he played the original Pong video game. Some time later, the monkey's brain impulses were sufficient to operate the game independently.
On Wednesday, however, the same electrodes were utilized to relay impulses back to the neurons that make up the brain and nervous system.
In one study, researchers implanted electrodes into the spinal cord of a pig to manipulate the animal's leg muscles; this technique has the potential to one day aid quadriplegics in walking and using their hands. The method used by Neuralink is to not only redirect the brain's movement directives to the legs but also to pick up the sensory signals from the legs and return them to the brain.
When successfully implemented, Neuralink's N1 device will allow paralyzed patients to regain mobility by rerouting brain impulses around damaged spinal cords.
We have a lot of work to do to achieve this full vision, but I hope you can see how the pieces are all there to achieve this.- Joey O'Doherty, A researcher working on Neuralink's motor control technology
Musk's futuristic vision is another distinctive feature of Neuralink that sets it apart from its competitors.
Goals for the firm are lofty: "a generic input-output device that could interact with any component of your brain," as Musk phrased it. However, the bigger picture is what we're working for.
What do we do about AI, about artificial general intelligence? If we have digital superintelligence, much smarter than any human, how do we mitigate that risk at a species level? Even in a benign scenario where the AI is very benevolent, how do we even go along for the ride? How do we participate?- Elon Musk
Neuralink is the solution in Musk's opinion, if only in theory for now but maybe one day in the flesh as well.

Final Words

Using this remarkable device, the monkey's brain is projecting a verbal reflection of itself onto the screen. Neuralink's goal with its brain computer interface, which will need a brain implant, is to aid the blind and the paralyzed first.
Neuralink, led by Elon Musk, has submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration to commence human trials, which the firm anticipates may begin within the next six months despite the early state of the technology.
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