During an appearance earlier this week on the Clubhouse app , Neuralink co-founder Elon Musk said that the brain-computer interface startup has implanted a monkey with a device that allows it to play video games with its mind.
“We have a monkey with a wireless implant in its skull that can play video games with its mind,” Musk said during the appearance, according to the Bloomberg transcript .
This statement provides a new sense of momentum for Neuralink , which has been quiet since it revealed experimental devices it had implanted in pigs late last summer.
As he did at the pig event, Musk emphasized the welfare of the animal. “You can’t see where the implant is and he’s a happy monkey,” she said during the event. “We have the best monkey facilities in the world. We want them to play (mental) Pong with each other. ‘
Human Version Of This Neuralink Device
It’s still unclear how long it will be until the device is advanced and safe enough for human users, and of course that’s assuming it succeeds.
The CEO’s comments on a human version of Neuralink during the event were difficult to parse and open to interpretation. “There are primitive versions of this device with wires coming out of your head, but it’s like a Fitbit in your skull with little wires going into your brain,” he noted according to Bloomberg .