Max Hodak came out.
Max Hodak, co-founder of the launch of Neuralink brain implants, announced today that he is leaving the company.
Hodak, who launched the ultra-ambitious venture with Elon Musk and was its president until recently, did not say why he was leaving the company and under what conditions. In other words, it is not clear at this time whether he left voluntarily or was fired.
“I’m not in Neuralink anymore (a few weeks ago),”
The best guess
Musk was a well-known spokesman for Neuralink and used this position to promise amazing results that many outside brain scientists remain very skeptical about.
It is unclear whether Hodak’s departure is linked to these high expectations. He declined to comment on the story.
It is worth noting, however, that Hodak appears to have fired at Musk as he exited the door. In response to his tweet about leaving the company, one man said he was not a fan of leadership changes in a company that has not yet shipped a product.
Hodak’s answer was just one word: “the same.”
Life finds a way
During his tenure at Neuralink, Hodak sometimes attracted attention by sharing eccentric ideas on topics that occasionally go far beyond computers and neuroscience.
A particularly striking example came last month, when Hodak said the technology already existed so that scientists could “build Jurassic Park if we wanted to,” a reflection that has attracted huge amounts of media control.
In his signing, Hodak hinted at this episode when someone asked him what was next in his career.
“Not Jurassic Park,” he replied.
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