Neuralink Explainer Curriculum Challenge
I woke up this morning and watched a video from Neuralink of a monkey playing a computer game with its brain. How on God’s green Earth do they do that!?
The thing is, I know what’s going in that video - or at least many parts of the story. And I suspect many of you readers do too. I could never have done it, but I can explain many aspects to a high schooler.
I propose an open source wiki-curriculum challenge where contributors add content (videos, articles, or interactive activities) to help a 15 year old student learn about everything happening in that video. It’s rich territory to introduce topics. I can imagine lessons on:
- Neuralink technology
- Neural networks and the foundational topics to understand how they work
- Brain anatomy
- Biomedical engineering of the device
- How we came to be testing on monkeys
- History of how humans understand monkeys and other intelligent species
- Ethics of animal testing
- Biologically, why do we choose pigs and monkeys for testing?
- The society that engendered this moment
- Why would you start a company?
- Why work for a startup vs a corporation?
- Impacts of immigration (Musk is South African)
- Why is the company in Silicon Valley?
- The tech that brought this video to your screen
- How is video created?
- How the internet brings it to your screen?
I’m going to try creating a few lessons. I hope you’ll help!
Written on April 9, 2021