Hold on to your butts!
The co-founder of Elon Musk’s firm Neuralink says they have the technology to build a real-life version of “Jurassic Park.”
“We could probably build Jurassic Park if we wanted to,” Max Hodak tweeted Saturday. “Wouldn’t be genetically authentic dinosaurs but [shrugging emoji]. Maybe 15 years of breeding + engineering to get super exotic novel species.”
Hodak didn’t elaborate on how his neurotechnology company might be able to revive the long-extinct prehistoric beasts but he later championed the idea, claiming it could increase biodiversity.
“Biodiversity (antifragility) is definitely valuable; conservation is important and makes sense,” Hodak tweeted. “But why do we stop there? Why don’t we more intentionally try to generate novel diversity?”
But in the 1993 movie “Jurassic Park,” based on a best-selling book published by Michael Crichton in 1990, the scientific plan goes awry.
Paleontologists touring the island of genetically resurrected dinosaurs find themselves in a T-Rex-size load of trouble when the monsters break free and begin hunting humans.
The movie was the highest-grossing film of its opening year and the highest-grossing film ever at the time. In one memorable scene, the character Ray Arnold, played by Samuel L. Jackson, proclaims, “Hold onto your butts!” as he powers up Jurassic Park’s failing security system.
Meanwhile, last summer, Neuralink unveiled a working prototype of a brain-implant device that founders believe can cure everything from blindness to quadriplegia.
Musk showed off an early version of the gadget that he implanted in a pig and later said human trials could begin as soon as 2021.
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