Of Course, Elon Musk Has a Monkey That Plays Video Games With Its Brain

Elon Musk, Neuralink, and "a Fitbit in your skull"

Tesla boss Elon Musk said in an interview late Sunday that a monkey has been wired up to play video games with its mind by a company he founded called Neuralink. 

Neuralink put a computer chip into the monkey’s skull and used “tiny wires” to connect it to its brain, Musk said.

- CNBC

Fuck. YES. It’s about goddamn time, too. I mean, how many half-baked Musk ideas were we going to have to sit through before we finally got something useful, like monkeys dropping into Verdansk…with their minds!

(I wonder how long it’ll take the monkey to start cursing out 12-year-olds in Call of Duty.)

I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit disappointed we were not given the monkey’s name. Last year Musk trotted out Gertrude, the pig, who had a coin-sized device (the “Link”) embedded in its skull:

Gertrude didn’t really do much, though. The purpose of that demo was to showcase what Neuralink was trying to do to attract people to come work for them.

So what are they trying to accomplish at Neuralink?

Ultimately their goal is to achieve symbiosis with A.I. by developing a computer-brain interface.

The “Link” would be embedded into your skull (like Gertrude) and would have a bunch of tiny wires plugged into your brain.

Like a Fitbit in your skull.

- Elon Musk

According to Musk, the procedure to get your “Link” would be fairly easy and the hope is for it to be done completely by a robot with no anesthesia necessary.

Not going to lie, I’m not thrilled about a machine opening a hole in my head to stick this thing in my skull:

But I’m not going to not get one. Plus I ain’t no bitch.

The applications that Neuralink is aiming for and the potential impact they could have on the world would be revolutionary.

Right now, the company is focused on developing chips specifically designed to help people with spinal or brain injuries, nervous system problems, ALS, Parkinson’s, and quadriplegics so that they might be able to

“control a computer mouse, or their phone, or really any device just by thinking.”

- Elon Musk

That’s so awesome.

Long-term we get even deeper into sci-fi land:

Yes, I think in the future you’ll be able to save and replay memories. I mean, this is obviously sounding increasingly like a ‘Black Mirror’ episode. But I guess they’re pretty good at predicting.

- Elon Musk

I don’t know if I’m down for all that, but sign me up for telepathically-video-game-playing monkeys any day!