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Could dinosaurs roam the Earth thanks to Musk’s firm?
A firm owned by Elon Musk has the technology to build a real-life version of Jurassic Park, its co-founder has said.
Neuralink co-founder Max Hodak boasted about the company’s capabilities, although conceded the dinosaurs wouldn’t be “genetically authentic”.
He tweeted on Tuesday: “We could probably build jurassic park if we wanted to.
“Wouldn’t be genetically authentic dinosaurs but...” (and then a shrug emoji).
“Maybe 15 years of breeding and engineering to get super exotic novel species.”
In the film and novel Jurassic Park, genetically-resurrected dinosaurs break free from their confinement and begin hunting humans and generally causing chaos.
Whether this particular plot point would be included in Hodak’s vision is not clear... Though we would hope not.
In a follow-up post he added: “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?”
Biodiversity (antifragility) is definitely valuable; conservation is important and makes sense. But why do we stop… https://t.co/gEhT0EIqz2 — Max Hodak (@Max Hodak)
However, people were quick to dampen his spirits and point out ways in which the idea would fail to work.
One fellow Twitter user asked if he hadn’t learned anything from disaster movies:
@max_hodak Haven't learned anything from the movies? https://t.co/M4Us5tZqun — Matthew Sampson (@Matthew Sampson)
While another pointed out that there are “several movies about why this is a bad idea”:
@max_hodak there are several movies about why this is a bad idea — Peter Sugihara 🍊 (@Peter Sugihara 🍊)
Neuralink is a startup which is working on an implant that would build a digital link between brains and computers to monitor brain activity.
As far as we know, it has no intention to diversify into the complicated field of resurrecting dinosaurs, though we would be interested to see how doing so would affect the company’s stock prices.
Meanwhile, it is not the first time Hodak has attracted bemusement for his bizarre Twitter feed.
Last month, he suggested there could be a new religion facilitated by entheogens - in other words psychoactive substances like LSD.
Increasingly believe there is an opportunity for a new religion: something that embraces the weirdness of math and… https://t.co/zCXRd366gc — Max Hodak (@Max Hodak)
And he has also tried his hand at offering fitness advice:
Weight loss hack: think of multiple types of food you want *simultaneously*, and then leverage your indecision to order none of them. — Max Hodak (@Max Hodak)
All in all, a busy man.