Elon Musk says he has linked monkey’s brain to play video games ‘with its mind’

Elon Musk has claimed his firm Neuralink has a monkey that can play video games with its mind.

The billionaire, 49, said it has fitted a wireless implant in the animal’s brain which it is testing its technology on.

But the Tesla and SpaceX CEO insists the ape is happy.

Neuralink is looking at ways to connect the human brain to a computer interface, which it hopes could treat patients with brain and spinal injuries.

He told the app Clubhouse a monkey now has the implant, according to Sky News.

Musk, whose $185billion (£136billion) fortune makes him the world’s richest man, said: "We’ve already got like a monkey with a wireless implant in their skull and the tiny wires, who can play video games using his mind. "

He added: "He's totally happy. It does not look like an unhappy monkey. And you can't even see where the neural implant was put in.

“Except that he's got like a slight like dark mohawk – it's not uncomfortable. It doesn't look weird.”

The business magnate went on: "We went the extra mile for the monkeys.

“One of the things we're trying to figure out is whether we can have the monkeys playing mind pong with each other?

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"That would be pretty cool."

He also claimed a US Department of Agriculture inspector described the firm’s laboratory as the nicest monkey facility they had seen.

The implant has more than 3,000 electrodes, which are attached to flexible threads which measure about a tenth of the size of a hair.

Last August, Neuralink unveiled a pig Musk claimed had been fitted with a brain implant.

He said the implants will help humans compete with the “existential threat” of artificial intelligence.

The tech entrepreneur described the implant as being like a “Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires”.

During the Clubhouse chat, Musk also set himself the goal of getting humans to Mars by 2026 via SpaceX.

He said he wants to set up a self-sustaining Martian civilisation.

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