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Neuralink co-founder hints at 'Jurassic Park'

Posted on Thursday, 8 April, 2021 | Comment icon 13 comments

Just how feasible is this ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 HarshLight
Max Hodak has suggested that it is 'probably' possible for the firm to create a real-life Jurassic Park.
In Michael Crichton's bestselling book and its subsequent movie adaptation, scientists succeed in bringing dinosaurs back to life by retrieving their DNA from insects trapped in amber.

Whether this could actually work in reality however has long remained a topic of debate.

Now though, Max Hodak - co-founder of Elon Musk's Neuralink company - has suggested on social media that not only is it possible, but that the firm could actually do it if it wanted to... well, sort of.

"Biodiversity (antifragility) is definitely valuable; conservation is important and makes sense," he wrote. "But why do we stop there? Why don't we more intentionally try to generate novel diversity?"

"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."
If we break his comments down, it seems that what he is suggesting is that we could create new species via genetic engineering, though these wouldn't necessarily be genuine dinosaurs.

It's also not clear if by 'we' he means Neuralink or science in general, especially given that the company's focus is on creating brain-computer interfaces.

Not everyone appears to be too keen on the what he is suggesting either.

"Haven't learned anything from the movies ?" one user asked.

As things stand however, there are no known plans for Neuralink to actually do anything like this.

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Tags: Jurassic Park, Neuralink

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by psyche101 on 8 April, 2021, 12:00
Now that we have the ridiculous oversized text out of the way . why not?
Comment icon #5 Posted by HSlim on 8 April, 2021, 12:42
Let's go ahead and get Skynet set up as well. No way this could ever go wrong.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog on 8 April, 2021, 13:27
Could be interesting to have something that can live on Mars. Could they do heat and radiation sturdy animal, that doesn't breathe and eat rocks? THey would enrich the soil with poo and release gaz for the atmosphere .
Comment icon #7 Posted by Nuclear Wessel on 8 April, 2021, 15:18
We have a bunch of movies on why this could be a bad idea
Comment icon #8 Posted by Stiff on 8 April, 2021, 15:55
I feel a fragrance coming on
Comment icon #9 Posted by Alpha_Q on 8 April, 2021, 22:12
When they launch the park it would probably explode.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus on 11 April, 2021, 1:33
Those are just movies, fiction. Man stop it. Dont own a cat, have you ever seen Tom&Jerry or Garfield? dont go to sleep, do you remember Freddy Krueger? dont watch tv....or Sadako may jump out. Fiction is fiction and reality is reality.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Nuclear Wessel on 11 April, 2021, 1:34
It was a joke.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus on 11 April, 2021, 1:38
Think if they genetically engineer Garfield to life....hide the Lasagna.
Comment icon #13 Posted by MissJatti on 11 April, 2021, 13:04
There was a Welsh ManScotts Man, and..............................

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