Elon Musk has announced that his brain-implant company Neuralink has allowed a monkey to play video games with its brain.
“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,” the richest man in the world said late Sunday during a two-hour interview on the app Clubhouse, which allows users to listen in on casual voice chats between others.
“One of the things we’re trying to figure out is, can we have the monkeys play mind-Pong with each other?” Musk added. “That would be pretty cool.”
Neuralink, part of Musk’s portfolio of companies, is developing a computer-brain interface so that paralyzed people can easily communicate with their cellphones or computers, the billionaire tech entrepreneur also said. He described it as “like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires.”
This monkey isn’t the only animal getting a demo version of the implant. During an August presentation, Musk said that Neuralink had installed a prototype in a pig named Gertrude, which garnered criticism from PETA, according to The New York Post.
However, the Tesla CEO asserted Sunday that the test monkey is happy and comfortable with his set-up.
“It’s not an unhappy monkey,” Musk emphasized. “You can’t even see where the neural implant was put in, except that he’s got a slight like dark mohawk.”
“He’s not uncomfortable and he doesn’t look weird,” he also said. “When the [U.S. Department of Agriculture] came through and inspected our facilities, our monkey facilities, she said it was like the nicest monkey facilities she’s ever seen in her entire career, just FYI. We went the extra mile for the monkeys.”
While Musk did not offer any additional information or evidence demonstrating how the implant functions, he did say that Neuralink is planning to release “some new videos showing progress maybe in a month or so.”
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The Tate Brothers and Associates Face Human Trafficking Charges in Romania
In a recent development, the Tate brothers, Andrew and Tristan, along with two associates, find themselves at the center of a high-profile case involving human trafficking allegations.
The charges leveled against them indicate the formation of an organized criminal group in 2021 with the intent to carry out human trafficking operations not only in Romania but also in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to the BBC.
The investigation, which led to their arrest in December last year, has culminated in an indictment filed with the Bucharest court. According to the indictment, the Tate brothers are accused of luring their victims with false promises of love and marriage. Seven individuals have been identified as alleged victims, who were later coerced and subjected to a harrowing ordeal.
Prosecutors contend that the victims were taken to locations in Ilfov county, Romania, where they faced constant surveillance, intimidation, and control. The defendants allegedly forced the victims into debt and coerced them into participating in pornographic activities, with the explicit material subsequently shared on social media platforms. Shockingly, one of the defendants is accused of raping a woman on two occasions in March 2022, further amplifying the gravity of the charges.
While the trial is not expected to commence immediately, as a Romanian judge is granted 60 days to inspect the case files, it is anticipated to be a protracted legal battle. The complexity of the case and the severity of the charges will undoubtedly result in a lengthy trial process, with several years potentially passing before a verdict is reached.
Representatives for the Tate brothers released a statement acknowledging the unsurprising nature of the news but maintaining their belief in their innocence.
As reported by the BBC, the Tate brothers media team stared, “While this news is undoubtedly predictable, we embrace the opportunity it presents to demonstrate their innocence and vindicate their reputation.”
They expressed their eagerness to present a comprehensive body of evidence meticulously collected over time, which they believe will substantiate their claims of innocence and restore their tarnished reputation.
However, it should be noted that additional charges, such as money laundering and trafficking of minors, are still under investigation. If evidence is uncovered to support these allegations, a separate indictment could be filed, further complicating the legal proceedings for the defendants.
Andrew Tate, who gained notoriety through his participation in the reality television show Big Brother, has a controversial past, having been removed from the show in 2016 following a video that appeared to depict him assaulting a woman.
Despite subsequent bans on social media platforms due to his contentious statements, he has managed to amass a following, particularly among young men, by promoting an ostentatious and hyper-masculine lifestyle.
As the case unfolds, public attention will undoubtedly be drawn to the trial, with many eagerly awaiting the outcome and hoping for justice to be served for the alleged victims. The complex web of charges and the high-profile nature of the defendants ensure that this trial will be closely monitored and scrutinized by the media and the public alike.
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