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Elon Musk announced the successful "chipping" of the monkey. What can she do now?

In 2016, the head of Tesla Elon Muskannounced the opening of the Neuralink company. She's working on technology to connect a human brain to a computer, and it seems to be doing pretty well. At the end of 2020, the company “chipped” the pig and was able to track its brain activity using a computer. At the same time, the animal felt good, that is, at least this technology does not harm pigs. It was recently revealed that Neuralink went further and was able to install a chip in a monkey's brain. According to Elon Musk, the animal feels great and thanks to technology it can play video games with its mind and even turn on the TV. In the future, the company wants to insert a chip into the head of another individual and make it so that the monkeys can compete with each other in virtual tennis.

Elon Musk announced that Neuralink was able to chip the monkey

Chip Monkey Neuralink

The publication told about the chipped monkeyBloomberg, citing Elon Musk. The entrepreneur shared the news about Neuralink during a chat on the Clubhouse social network. At the moment, you can get there by invitation only. Users can join any voice chat where famous people speak frequently. In addition to Elon Musk, actor Chris Rock, musician Drake and other celebrities appeared on the Clubhouse network. Many people want to listen to them live, which is why eBay even sells invitations for between $ 250 and $ 1,000. At the end of January, the number of Clubhouse users increased from 3 to 5 million.

Celebrities often visit the Clubhouse and Elon Musk recently visited it

During the conference, Elon Musk was asked aboutthe latest developments of the Neuralink company. The entrepreneur replied that they have a monkey with a wireless implant in its skull that can play video games with its mind. According to him, the chip is almost invisible.

This is a happy monkey. We have the best living conditions for monkeys in the world. We want them to play mind-pong with each other (a pun from ping-pong), said Elon Musk.

At the moment, photos and videos with a monkeyThere is no Neuralink, but they should be out in the coming months. At the moment, it can be assumed that a 2.3 × 0.8 millimeter chip is implanted into the monkey's head. From it, 1024 electrodes with a thickness of 4 to 6 micrometers go under the skin, that is, they are thinner than a human hair. They are needed to capture the activity of different areas of the brain and transmit it to a chip, which subsequently sends information to a computer using Bluetooth wireless technology. At least, the Neuralink chip shown at the end of 2020 had such characteristics. It is unlikely that the company was able to greatly improve the technology in such a short time. But chances are the chip has gotten smaller.

This is what the Neuralink chip looks like

The company wants to implant a chip in the brain usinglaser. But at the moment, this requires surgery. But the participation of a person in this matter is no longer necessary, because all the necessary actions can be performed by a robotic surgeon. It was also shown as part of last year's presentation, but not as much time was devoted to the story about it as we would like. At the moment, we can say that he is about the size of a man and quite neat - otherwise how could he successfully perform brain surgery?

Elon Musk and the robot for introducing Neuralink chips

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Why chip people?

You might think that with Neuralink chipsElon Musk wants to control people's minds. But in reality, everything is not so scary. Ideally, the technology for connecting the brain to a computer should give people with disabilities the ability to walk on their feet. Elon Musk also believes that in the future, the chip will allow you to control Tesla cars with your thoughts and play computer games. Apparently, progress in terms of game management has already begun and we will see this soon. But it will take a long time to wait for a video with a chip monkey - usually Neuralink holds events in the summer.

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As with most Neuralink articlesI remind you that on our website there is a very detailed article about the technology being developed. The author of this article is the famous blogger Tim Urban, who at one time studied human procrastination well and talked about the colonization of Mars according to SpaceX's plan. If you want to know what Neuralink chips are for and what knowledge this idea is based on, follow this link and read the translation of one of the best articles in popular science journalism. I think it will take you a long time, enjoy reading!