Neuralink loses an important piece: the President Max Hodak (opening photo) has in fact announced that he has left the company he founded in 2016 together with Elon Musk, without however reporting the reason. The tweet reads only “[…] I’m no longer on Neuralink […]. I have learned so much and remain a great supporter of the company!“.
Neuralink has been talked about for some time now, and the activities carried out by researchers have not always been given positive considerations. The field of action is one of those critical, positioned between artificial intelligence, robotics, cybernetics and medicine, often referring to considerations that lead to this in ethics. In this activity Musk and his partners have invested – and still are investing – several million dollars, with the aim of coming to the aid of people with physical problems and improving over time the machine-brain relationship bringing it to a level up to now. never achieved.
✨Some personal news:✨ I am no longer at Neuralink (as of a few weeks ago). I learned a ton there and remain a huge cheerleader for the company! Onward to new things.
– Max Hodak (@max_hodak) May 1, 2021
The criticisms and skepticism of the scientific community and the community were then flanked by the complaints of former employees, who pointed the finger at the criminal company of not giving them sufficient time to develop and complete the projects. In practice, there would be no well-defined structure capable of guaranteeing the proper conduct of the work.
The human-machine interface was first shown in 2019, when the details of the operation of flexible 4-6μm wires were described to be inserted into brain tissue to transfer data from human to machine through some sensors. The project went on until 2020, when the second generation with inductive charging was presented made of more than 1,000 electrodes of 5 microns each to be implanted in the brain and a chip – called Link 0.9 – ready to receive and process signals (data ).
Recently the case of the monkey immortalized playing Pong with his mind has been discussed – and not a little. Also in this case the experiment is the result of Neuralink’s research, and it is shown how people with disabilities and paralysis may in the future be able to interact with electronic devices (a smartphone, for example) simply with the power of thought. . On a technological level, the fact is surprising and fascinating, but when ethical aspects are touched upon it is necessary to proceed with lead feet. And the next choices will (increasingly) touch Elon Musk, who loses a precious piece of the puzzle and will have to make decisions about the future of the company.