Elon Musk

Elon Musk’s business partner said last week that he could “probably build Jurassic Park.”

Max Hodak, the co-founder of Elon Musk’s firm Neuralink, said that they have the technological ability to build a real-life version of “Jurassic Park,” the fictional wildlife park filled with live formerly-extinct dinosaurs.

“We could probably build Jurassic Park if we wanted to,” Max Hodak said in a Tweet. “Wouldn’t be genetically authentic dinosaurs but [shrugging emoji]. Maybe 15 years of breeding + engineering to get super exotic novel species.”

A New York Post report stated that “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. But why do we stop there? Why don’t we more intentionally try to generate novel diversity?” Hodak said.

“Launched in 2017, Neuralink works on creating brain-computer interfaces with the hopes to one day help those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, paralysis and spinal cord injuries, among others,” The Hill reported.

“In August 2020, Musk debuted Gertrude, a pig that Neuralink had implanted a small computer chip in its brain. The chip was planted near the part of the brain that controls its snout, so as Gertrude ate, a computer showed waves and spikes being emitted from the chip, monitoring Gertrude’s neural response,” The Hill added.

“Scientists have cloned a number of animals, including wolves, dogs, cats, monkeys and, famously, sheep. A black-footed ferret, which is on the US endangered species list, has also been cloned, but scientists have not managed to create an extinct animal yet,” the Independent noted, saying that “The challenge in creating genetically authentic dinosaurs is due to the fact that soft material which would contain DNA is hard to preserve.”

“We do have mosquitos and biting flies from the time of the dinosaurs and they do preserve in amber. But when amber preserves things, it tends to preserve the husk, not the soft tissues. So you don’t get blood preserved inside mosquitos in amber”, Dr. Susie Maidment, a dinosaur researcher at the Natural History Museum, said.

“A genome is the complete set of DNA of a living thing. Without the full genome, it would be impossible to tell which parts of the DNA have been found and therefore impossible to fill the gaps to build a whole animal,” Dr. Maidment continued.

“But if you did have the whole genome and you were going to fill the holes in fragments, then you definitely wouldn’t do it with frogs, because frogs are amphibians. If you were going to do it, you’d use bird DNA, because birds are dinosaurs. Or you might do it with crocodile DNA, because they share a common ancestor,” she said.

Hodak’s suggestion raised questions online. One Twitter user sarcastically responded, “If [there’s] one thing I’ve learned after watching all the Jurassic Park films, it’s that building them was definitely a good idea.”

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