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  8.  » Elon Musk claims he has ‘a monkey with a brain implant that can play video games with his mind’

He also backs Bitcoin and aims to land humans on Mars in five-and-a-half years in Q&A

  • Musk said the monkey ‘is totally happy’ and effort is part of Neuralink start-up
  • He claimed the implant builds a digital link between the brain and a computer
  • Billionaire also said visiting Mars will be ‘very dangerous and hard work’ 
  • He made the comments during a Q&A on Clubhouse, a private social app  

Rachel Bunyan – Mail Online Feb 1, 2021

Elon Musk last night claimed he has put a Neuralink implant in a monkey’s brain and that the animal can play video games ‘with his mind’ in a wide-ranging online question and answer session.

The CEO said the monkey is ‘totally happy’ and the effort is part of his ‘brain tech’ start-up firm Neuralink which he hopes will eventually be able to help humans with brain and spinal injuries.

In a Q&A on Clubhouse, a private social app, Musk claimed the implant builds a digital link between the brain and a computer, describing it as ‘like a fitbit for the skull’.

The billionaire inventor also claimed humans will be visiting Mars in five-and-a-half years, but admitted it would be ‘very dangerous’ as there ‘are far more ways to die out there than there are in Earth’.

Musk added that Bitcoin is ‘on the verge’ of being more widely accepted among investors as he expressed his support for the cryptocurrency.

As he was peppered with questions by the audience of 5,000, Musk also said:

  • He wants to put humans on Mars in five-and-a-half years, but admitted it would be ‘very dangerous and hard work’
  • Bitcoin is ‘on the verge’ of being more widely accepted among investors as he expressed his support for the cryptocurrency
  • He has seen no ‘conclusive evidence’ that aliens exist but it’s ‘quite possible’
  • His boosting of online currency Dogecoin is intended as a joke
  • His children ‘are mostly educated through YouTube and Reddit’
  • He aims to produce 20million Teslas every year worldwide
  • He things Chris Nolan’s Tenet is a good film  but ‘if you think too hard about it, it’s not going to make complete sense, but it’s a good movie.’
  • He also enjoys Netflix’s Karate Kid sequel franchise Cobra Kai

Musk, who has invested $100 million in Neuralink, claimed the start-up has a ‘monkey facility’ where one monkey has a ‘wireless implant’ in its skull.

He said: ‘We’ve already got a monkey with a wireless implant in their skull and the tiny wires who can play video games using his mind.

‘He’s totally happy. He does not look like an unhappy monkey,’ he added. ‘He’s not uncomfortable and he doesn’t look weird.

‘We’re trying to work out if we can get the monkeys to play mind pong with each other, you know that would be pretty cool.’

Musk also claimed that when a US Department of Agriculture official came to inspect their monkey facilities, she was mightily impressed.

‘When the USDA person came through and inspected our facilities, our monkey facilities, she said it was like the nicest monkey facilities she’s ever seen in her career,’ he said. ‘We went the extra mile for the monkeys.’

Musk has been no stranger to using animals in his scientific experiments. In August last year, he said Neuralink had implanted a computer-chip in the brain of a pig called Gertrude.

He said in the short-term, Neuralink would be able to address brain injuries and spinal injuries.

‘It would make up for whatever lost capacity somebody has with an implanted chip,’ he said. ‘So the first thing we are going after is a wireless implanted chip that would enable someone who [has a brain injury or spinal injury] to control a computer or mouse or phone or really any device just by thinking.

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