Max Hodak, president of Neuralink, announced via Twitter that he was no longer working on the health technology project he co-founded with Elon Musk. Hodak did not explain why he left the company and did not explain the circumstances of his departure, and said, “I have not been in Neuralink for a few weeks.”
He added: “I learned a lot there and I’m still a big fan of the company, onwards to new things, according to the verege, and Neuralink is focused on developing interfaces between the brain and the machine, and last month, the company posted a video on YouTube that appears to show a monkey implanted with Neuralink in its brain.” Using only his mind, he moves a cursor on the computer screen.
Musk and Hodak founded Neuralink with several other people in 2016, and Musk has invested millions of dollars of his own money into the project. Last year, Stat News reported that some former employees described Neuralink’s messy inner culture, saying its scholars weren’t always given enough time to complete projects.
While Neuralink hasn’t invented the brain-machine interfaces, its technology includes more thin, flexible wires and electrodes than other devices, which could provide more data.
Musk said Neuralink technology could one day be used to allow paraplegics to walk again and allow humans to achieve an “artificial intelligence symbiosis”, integrating the human brain with artificial intelligence.
But some in the scientific and medical community have criticized Neuralink and question its scientific claims. After a demonstration in August 2020 of a pig with an implanted Neuralink device in its brain, MIT Technology Review dubbed the company “Neuroscience Theater,” and said, “Most of the company’s medical claims remain highly speculative.”