Neuralink's co-founder and president made headlines for posting a tweet commenting on the possibility of building a real-life Jurassic Park.
Max Hodak, who posted the controversial tweet on Apr. 4, added that while the park may not have "genetically authentic dinosaurs," 15 years of breeding and engineering would make the idea possible.
While he made no mention of Neuralink, many still speculated that the Elon Musk-led neurotechnology startup does have the means to bring dinosaurs back to life.
we could probably build jurassic park if we wanted to. wouldn’t be genetically authentic dinosaurs but 🤷♂️. maybe 15 years of breeding + engineering to get super exotic novel species— Max Hodak (@max_hodak) April 4, 2021
Max Hodak's Jurassic Park: Is It Really Happening?
New York Post reported Hodak's tweet on Wednesday, Apr. 7, noting that the Neuralink co-founder championed the idea for making a follow-up tweet about biodiversity.
In a follow-up tweet posted moments after, Hodak pointed out the importance of biodiversity and conservation, and raised the question of intentionally creating a "novel diversity."
The tweet raised questions as to why Neuralink is dabbling on genetic editing, with many refering to the iconic Steven Spielberg movie franchise pointing that is it a bad idea.
CNet also questioned the topic on their Wednesday, Apr. 7 report, arguing that despite humanity's technological advancements, it is still unthinkable to resurrect a dinosaur.
The report added that unlike the film Jurassic Park, obtaining a workable DNA from prehistoric times is in itself, impossible.
However, the article did clarify that bringing back a recently extinct animal to life is theoretically probable, but the question remains if the de-extinction is completely necessary.
Hodak has not yet reached out to answer the questions raised by his tweet.
Neuralink Update: Making a Monkey Play Video-Games and More!
On February 1, CNBC reported that Neuralink had successfully wired up a monkey to play video games using only its mind.
Elon Musk confirmed the news during a talk on Clubhouse, adding that a computer chip was placed into the monkey's skull, and "tiny wires" were used to connect the chip to its brain.
"It's not an unhappy monkey," Musk added. "You can't even see where the neural implant was put in, except that he's got a slight like dark mohawk."
Meanwhile, Neuralink posted an update on Jan. 30 announcing that the neurotechnology startup is working on a robot that could be used in advanced surgical automation.
The video, which was uploaded on YouTube, explains how they are devising an implant that would record minimal reactions of the brain.
The goal of the project is to minimize neurosurgical intervention and let a robot handle complicated life-threatening surgeries that are ultimately controlled through the surgeon's mind.
The San Francisco-based startup had been diligently trying to develop an implementable computer-brain interface.
Neuralink was formed to research and create ways to increase the rate at which information can flow from the human brain to a machine.
Additionally, Musk said that the technology Neuralink has been working on could one day allow humans to get smarter with the help of AI.
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Written by Lee Mercado