Neuralink’s president Max Hodak tweeted on Saturday that he has left the company he co-founded with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk xxx. Hodak did not elaborate on why he left the company or elaborated on the circumstances of his departure. “I’m no longer with Neuralink (as I was a few weeks ago),” he tweeted. “I learned a ton there and am still a huge cheerleader for the company! Forward to new things. ”
OmeNogle personal news: ✨ I am no longer with Neuralink (a few weeks ago). I learned a ton there and continue to be a huge cheerleader for the company! Until new things.
̵1; Max Hodak (@max_hodak) May 1, 2021
Neuralink is focused on developing interfaces between brain and machine. Last month, the company posted a video to YouTube that appeared to show a monkey with a Neuralink implant in its brain moving a cursor on a computer screen using only its mind.
Musk and Hodak co-founded Neuralink with several other people in 2016, and Musk has invested millions of dollars of his own money in the cause. Last year, State News reported that some former employees described a chaotic internal culture at Neuralink, saying its researchers did not always have enough time to complete projects.
While Neuralink did not invent brain machine interfaces, its technology includes thin, flexible wires and more electrodes than other devices, potentially providing more data. Musk has stated that Neuralink’s technology could one day be used to allow paraplegics to walk again and allow humans to achieve “AI symbiosis,” which intertwined the human brain with an artificial intelligence.
But some in the scientific and medical community have criticized Neuralink and are skeptical of its scientific claims; following a demonstration in August 2020 of a pig that had a Neuralink device implanted in its brain, MIT Technology Review called the company “neuroscience theater” and said “most of the company’s medical claims are still highly speculative.”
And which The edge is Nicole Wetsman wrote last year, “correcting the brain is not a technical problem.” Researchers need to learn a lot more about how the brain works before any of the concepts Musk describes can happen, she added. “The brain is still mysterious, and the neurological causes of things like anxiety and addiction are still unclear,” Wetsman wrote.
Hodak did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.