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- Elon Musk’s Neuralink co-founder said the firm could build its own “Jurassic Park.”
- Neuralink works on creating brain-computer interfaces.
- The company hopes to create technology to help people suffering from diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, as well as paralysis and spinal cord injuries.
The co-founder of Elon Musk’s company Neuralink tweeted on Saturday that the startup has the technological advances and savvy to create its own “Jurassic Park.”
“We could probably build Jurassic Park if we wanted to,” Max Hodak tweeted Saturday. “Wouldn’t be genetically authentic dinosaurs but [shrugging emoji]. maybe 15 years of breeding + engineering to get super exotic novel species.”
In the film “Jurassic Park,” scientists working for a wealthy industrialist are able to genetically engineer dinosaurs and are working toward opening a theme park to showcase them when things go wrong.
Launched in 2017, Neuralink works on creating brain-computer interfaces with the hopes to one day help those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, paralysis and spinal cord injuries, among others.
In August 2020, Musk debuted Gertrude, a pig that Neuralink had implanted a small computer chip in its brain. The chip was planted near the part of the brain that controls its snout, so as Gertrude ate, a computer showed waves and spikes being emitted from the chip, monitoring Gertrude’s neural response.
Hodak didn’t further explain what technology Neuralink could use to engineer the long-extinct dinosaurs.
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