Max Hodak is out.
Max Hodak, co-founder of brain implant launch Neuralink, announced today that he is leaving the company.
Hodak, who started the ultra-ambitious venture with Elon Musk and until recently had served as president, did not say why he left the company or on what terms. In other words, it is not currently clear whether he left voluntarily or was fired.
“I am no longer with Neuralink (from a few weeks ago),”
Musk has been a prominent spokesman for Neuralink and has used this position to promise incredible results, which many outside brain researchers remain very skeptical of.
It is unclear whether Hodak’s departure had anything to do with these high expectations. He declined to comment on this story.
However, it is worth noting that Hodak appears to have taken a shot at Musk on his way out the door. In response to his tweet about leaving the company, one person said they were not a fan of leadership change in a company that had not yet shipped a product.
Hodak’s answer was just a single word: “same.”
Life finds a way
During his time at Neuralink, Hodak has sometimes attracted attention for sharing eccentric ideas on topics that occasionally fall far beyond computing and neuroscience.
A particularly striking example took place last month when Hodak believed the technology now exists for scientists to “build Jurassic Park if we wanted to” – a consideration that garnered a huge amount of media control.
In his dismissal, Hodak referred to this episode when someone asked him what was next in his career.
“Not Jurassic Park,” he replied.
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