Elon Musk claims Neuralink created a brain implant that a monkey is using ‘to play video games with his mind’

Elon Musk claims his startup Neuralink has connected a chip to a monkey’s brain that the primate is now using to play video games with its mind. Musk said Neuralink is currently developing brain implants that help people with paralysis control devices with their thoughts. He added that the tech could also enable people to communicate through their minds or save their brain state so when they die it gets uploaded to another body. The Tesla tycoon provided the rare update on Neuralink during a Sunday appearance on the invite-only Clubhouse app. [Read: How this company leveraged AI to become the Netflix of Finland] He described the device as “a Fitbit in…

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The head of video games giant Valve says future brain-computer interfaces could change how players feel. Gabe Newell believes BCIs will soon create superior experiences to what we can perceive through our eyes and ears alone. “But that’s not where it gets weird,” he told New Zealand’s 1 News. “Where it gets weird is when who you are becomes editable through a BCI.” Newell envisions the devices detecting a gamer’s emotions and then adjusting the settings to modify their mood — like ramping up the difficulty when they’re getting bored. But they could also be applied to everyday aspects of our lives, from turning… This story continues at The Next Web

New MIT brain research shows how AI could help us understand consciousness

A team of researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital recently published a study linking social awareness to individual neuronal activity. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time evidence for the ‘theory of mind‘ has been identified at this scale. Measuring large groups of neurons is the bread-and-butter of neurology. Even a simple MRI can highlight specific regions of the brain and give scientists an indication of what they’re used for and, in many cases, what kind of thoughts are happening. But figuring out what’s going on at the single-neuron level is an entirely different feat.… This story continues at The Next Web

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