Noah Larson, Journalist

What if you could play games with your mind, or what if you could do a simple task by just thinking about it. These questions have been answered with a new piece of technology that is being tested by researchers. This idea came from Elon Musk and his company Neuralink, and this new technology shares the name with the company. This sounds like something that would belong in a sci-fi show or movie but it is real.


The start of this technology would be when Elon Musk and the scientists that work for Neuralink put a computer chip into two monkey skulls. The purpose of this was to watch what the monkeys could do with their minds. The monkeys were playing pong with their minds, and when asked about this experiment Musk said they are not unhappy monkeys and you can not see where they implanted the chip what you can see is that the monkeys have a slight like dark mohawks.


This new technology is not just used for playing video games with your mind. It can also be used for people that are paralyzed and this is very interesting. The reason that I find this to be interesting is that instead of asking for someone’s help with changing the channel on the tv or a different station on the radio the person could use their mind to do it. The company’s goal is to help people with paralysis to get their independence back through the control of computers and mobile devices. When you start to think of this possibly happen you can see that it is diving into sci-fi territory, and Elon Musk knows this but he is still trying to get this technology to be really good. 


When it comes to this new technology there might be people that do not want to have anything to do with it. The reason for this is because a chip would have to be put into a person’s brain, so people would probably have thoughts about this. Some people would say that this is a way for the government to spy on people, and I don’t believe that this is why Elon Musk would want to develop this technology.


The Neuralink company is still doing tests to see how this technology would work, so they are making sure that there are not going to be any kinks in the software that goes into it. Elon Musk is making sure that everything is going alright, and he plans to give more details of the project in a video to the public.