The co-founder of Elon Musk's ambitious venture, Neuralink, has made some wild claims about one of the company's future projects.
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Now, in the last couple of years, Neuralink has been making headlines for its controversial, yet groundbreaking work with brain technology.
The company says its eventual goal is to use its technology to allow people with paralysis to interact with machines using their brain activity.
The billionaire entrepreneur first announced Neuralink in 2019...
And, almost immediately, the world was transfixed by some of the company's eventual goals.
Last summer, Neuralink unveiled a working prototype of a brain-implant device that founders believe can cure everything from blindness to quadriplegia.
Musk showed off an early version of the gadget that he implanted in a pig and later said human trials could possibly begin this year.
And, more recently...
The eccentric entrepreneur revealed that his team had successfully implanted a Neuralink chip in a monkey's brain.
He claimed the animal could play video games "with his mind" in a wide-ranging online question and answer session.
Pretty far-fetched, I know.
He said this:
"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."
Of course, many were animal rights activists were furious at the idea of a monkey being implanted with a Neuralink chip...
@elonmusk @neuralink Wiring monkeys to play video games, how INSANELY CRUEL is that? What would you feel if someone… https://t.co/XT3MxFLZIY— Archer (@Archer)1612167654.0
But Musk was quick to stress that the monkey had not been put in harms way.
In fact, he even stated that it was "happy."
"He's totally happy. He does not look like an unhappy monkey... He's not uncomfortable and he doesn't look weird. We're trying to work out if we can get the monkeys to play mind pong with each other, you know that would be pretty cool."
He also claimed that when a US Department of Agriculture official came to inspect their monkey facilities, she was mightily impressed.
"When the USDA person came through and inspected our facilities, our monkey facilities, she said it was like the nicest monkey facilities she's ever seen in her career," he explained. "We went the extra mile for the monkeys.".
Neuralink later shared a video of their 9-year-old monkey, Pager, navigating an on-screen cursor using only its mind.
The macaque monkey had a Neuralink implanted about 6 weeks before the video was shot, the video's unnamed narrator says.
But now, it seems Neuralink's ambitions have been extended past primates...
All the way to dinosaurs.
Well, kind of.
The co-founder of Neuralink, Max Hodak, recently issued a series of tweets claiming that a real-life recreation of Jurassic Park - Stephen Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster about a man-made dinosaur theme park - could very well be possible in the next few years.
Though, of course, opinions on the idea are divided...
@max_hodak Oh yeah sure cuz that worked out so great in the movies— savage lad (@savage lad)1617912011.0
@max_hodak This would be pretty awesome idea.— TechVision_ (@TechVision_)1617735636.0
@max_hodak @justinkan But how far has raptor fence technology come?— Adam Singer (@Adam Singer)1617929752.0
@max_hodak Haven't learned anything from the movies? https://t.co/M4Us5tZqun— Matthew Sampson (@Matthew Sampson)1617854399.0
@max_hodak there are several movies about why this is a bad idea— Peter Sugihara (@Peter Sugihara)1617522714.0
Here's what he said:
we could probably build jurassic park if we wanted to. wouldn’t be genetically authentic dinosaurs but 🤷♂️. maybe… https://t.co/LZxKmvAoru— Max Hodak (@Max Hodak)1617512263.0
"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."
He then added this:
Biodiversity (antifragility) is definitely valuable; conservation is important and makes sense. But why do we stop… https://t.co/gEhT0EIqz2— Max Hodak (@Max Hodak)1617512994.0
"Biodiversity (antifragility) is definitely valuable; conservation is important and makes sense. But why do we stop there? Why don't we more intentionally try to generate novel diversity?"
Could a real Jurassic Park be on the horizon?
Knowing Elon Musk and his team, it could very well be!