Elon Musk’s neurotechnology company Neuralink has developed a wireless implantable brain–machine interface (BMI) that has enabled a nine-year-old macaque named Pager to play the classic video game Pong using only his mind. And Pager has learned to play the fast-paced game this way extremely well. Pager’s training began with a simple game of moving an
Humans are just a higher form of animal, meaning that animals are a lot like us (and vice-versa). India has a major problem with aggressive monkeys that are overrunning its cities and even mugging its citizens.
India was once the world’s largest supplier of monkeys for research purposes, but the Indian government placed strict quotas on them 40 years ago, due to concerns about the medical experiments being performed on them, and in December, the NIH suspended all new grants for research on chimpanzees. Now there are too many monkeys stalking the streets of India’s major cities.
New Delhi, India has been declared a Monkey-Free zone, because the critters have been causing such havoc there. They’ve overrun government buildings; bitten, robbed and tormented the workers; and ransacked the files. They’ve taken down power lines, banged on office windows and screeched at visitors. It’s gotten so bad that citizens there have filed a lawsuit demanding that the Supreme Court step in and protect them.
But how are they going to do it? In the past, they’ve tried blasting them with ultrahigh frequency loudspeakers. They tried to deport them, but no one else will take them. They tried patrolling the streets with fierce-looking primates called langurs, but the monkeys simply avoided them.
For a number of weeks, hysteria has been building in India, especially around the capital of New Delhi, that people are being attacked by a gigantic, crazed ape. Two deaths have been reported. A pregnant woman died on Tuesday when she fell down a stairway when neighbors began screaming that the monkey man was in the building. A man leaped off a roof to his death screaming “the monkey man has come.”
Now New Delhi police are saying that the claims are the result of hysteria generated by agents of Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI. Manoj Kumar Lal, deputy commissioner of police was quoted as saying that it was a case of mass hysteria. Police are blaming a band of men dressed in costume, claiming that they are the source of the stories.