The company’s novel brain chip technology aims at improving the condition of patients suffering from neurological diseases
American neurotechnology company- Neuralink, founded by Tesla CEO- Elon Musk and others, has reportedly released a new video that shows results of its interface in a monkey named Pager. Incorporated in the year 2017, Neuralink aims at developing an interface that would connect machines with human brain, and the recently launched video shows Pager playing a game of Pong with the help of its brain.
According to an official statement by Neuralink, which mostly keeps its developments under wraps, Pager moved a computer cursor only through neural activity with the help of a 1,024- electrode which is a fully implanted neural recording and data transfer devices.
Notably, the new device is called the N1 Link and was implanted in Pager’s arm area of the motor cortex and hands, both forming a part of the brain that controls movements.
Citing reliable reports, the video showcased the monkey using a joystick to move an on-screen cursor, while the sensor hardware and brain implant monitored the activity. Neuralink used machine learning to predict Pager’s moves. Later, the joystick was removed and Pager was playing Pong completely hands-free.
Neuralink mentioned that the game was controlled by Pager due to the recording and decoding of the brain signals that were being noted by the company.
Seemingly, the Elon Musk-backed entity chose Pager for the experiment as it needed to employ an animal model that permitted the development of the hand and arm-led cortical brain-machine interface or BMI. Through the macaque-based model, Neuralink was able to design, authenticate and enhance the performance and strengthen of a closed-loop motor BMI.
For the record, Neuralink’s BMI focuses on enhancing the quality of life of those individuals who suffer from a certain type of neurological illness. In August 2020, the company had carried out a live demonstration of the technology on a pig named Gertrude.