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Elon Musk’s Neuralink ‘shows monkey playing Pong with mind’

Elon Musk’s Neuralink ‘shows monkey playing Pong with mind’

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NeuralinkNeuralink, Elon Musk's computer to brain interface firm, has released a video it claims shows a monkey playing the video game Pong with its mind.Its brain signals were sent wirelessly via an implanted device.The hope is that the interface could eventually allow people with neurological conditions to control phones or computers remotely.One expert said the fact no wires were used represented "significant progress", but more data was needed.The macaque monkey, named Pager, was first taught to play the video game with a joystick, and was rewarded with a fruit smoothie.During this process, the Neuralink device recorded the information about which neurons were firing to control which movements.Then the joystick was disconnected, leaving the monkey to control gameplay with its mind only...
Elon Musk’s brain implant firm teaches monkey to play Pong with its mind

Elon Musk’s brain implant firm teaches monkey to play Pong with its mind

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Elon Musk's brain implant company Neuralink has released a video showing how it has taught a monkey - Pager, a nine-year-old macaque - to play the video game Pong with its mind.The video follows Mr Musk's assertion in February that the company has "a monkey with a wireless implant in their skull with tiny wires" that it uses to play video games. Neuralink Corporation, which Elon Musk owns alongside his SpaceX and Tesla businesses, previously claimed to have implanted coin-sized wireless sensors inside the brains of two pigs, describing the sensors as "a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires". Image: 'He's a happy monkey,' says Elon Musk At the time of the video, Pager was six weeks on from having had the Neuralink devices installed - o...

Vote counting underway in Amazon union election

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Vote counting in the union push at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, is underway, but hundreds of contested ballots could muddy the outcome if it’s a close raceBy JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail WriterApril 8, 2021, 10:11 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleVote counting in the union push at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, is underway, but hundreds of contested ballots could muddy the outcome if it's a close race.The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is organizing the Bessemer workers, said that 3,215 votes were sent in — about 55% of the nearly 6,000 workers who were eligible to vote. The union said hundreds of those votes were contested, mostly by Amazon, for various reasons such as the voter didn’t work there or doesn’t qualify to
Perseverance rover takes selfie with Ingenuity helicopter

Perseverance rover takes selfie with Ingenuity helicopter

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NASA's Perseverance rover has taken a selfie on the Martian surface capturing itself and the Ingenuity helicopter ahead of the first attempt at flight on an alien planet.The image released by NASA was stitched together from dozens of individual snaps from the rover's WATSON camera (Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering). It follows the mini-helicopter Ingenuity surviving its first night alone on the Martian surface detached from the Perseverance rover, which NASA hailed as a "major milestone". Image: Perseverance landed on Mars earlier this year. Pic: NASA/JPL-Caltech "The laws of physics may say it's near impossible to fly on Mars, but actually flying a heavier-than-air vehicle on the red planet is much harder ...
Stranger Things stars join YouTubers and Jimmy Fallon for Among Us stream

Stranger Things stars join YouTubers and Jimmy Fallon for Among Us stream

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Stranger Things stars Gaten Matarazzo and Noah Schnapp were among the names joining US chat show host Jimmy Fallon for a charity stream of Among Us.The event marked Fallon's debut on the game-streaming platform Twitch, where he played the popular whodunnit multiplayer game Among Us. Joining Matarazzo and Schnapp, who play Dustin and Will in Stranger Things, were YouTube stars Sykkuno, who has 2.64 million subscribers, Valkyrae, who has 3.29 million subscribers and Corpse Husband, who boasts 7.42 million subscribers. Members of Fallon's house band The Roots also appeared, including Questlove, Tariq Trotter and Kirk Douglas, as well as a member of the game's development team Victoria Tran.It was all in aid of Feeding America, a charity that supports food banks and soup kitchens in the US w...