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There’s probably no substitute better than just watching the 3m 27s long video as it runs through how the macaque monkey is playing Pong without a joystick.
But in case you don’t want to click or watch or engage, here’s the outline on what’s going on from The Verge:
Pager, a 9-year-old macaque monkey, had a Neuralink implanted about six weeks before the video was shot, the video’s unnamed narrator says.
- He was first taught to play video games with a joystick for a banana smoothie reward, delivered through a metal straw.
- While he was doing this, the Neuralink device recorded information about which neurons were firing — learning, essentially, to predict hand movements by recording which regions fired. After learning the patterns, the joystick Pager used to play was disconnected from the computer.
- The monkey appears to go on playing the game using only his mind — playing a game of Pong with no joystick whatsoever.
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Glad I won’t be around for the mandatory chipping!
But for the souls who are “differently abled”, or whatever the politically correct term is today, this could be a Godsend.
For others, it might be a curse.
To me a beer flavored smoothie might entrap me.