Co-founder of Neuralink presents a company with technology that does not involve holes in the head

Together with Max Hodak, Elon Musk founded Neuralink, a company that, as we have seen several times, intends to develop brain implants to, in general, improve the daily lives of users. Now the former has launched a rival startup.

It’s called Science Corp and has some advantages over Elon Musk’s company.


Last year, in May 2021, Max Hodak, who founded Neuralink alongside Elon Musk, left the company and apparently disappeared from the map. Now, he has presented a new project: a startup called Science Corp, which has some advantages over the first one.

With funding of 160 million dollars, the Neuralink co-founder’s company will not force users to drill holes in their heads. After all, the approach he intends to take is based on photonics, a science that uses light sent through a patient’s optic nerve to transmit information.

Max Hodak, co-founder of Neuralink

Max Hodak, co-founder of Neuralink

For Max Hodak, this method could be used in contexts similar to those of Neuralink, which include treating patients with extreme disabilities, improving their cognition and movement.

According to the co-founder of Neuralink, Science Corp has already developed a prototype called Science Eye, which was already able to treat vision loss in rabbits. During testing, a thin LED film 2 millimeters wide was implanted on top of a rabbit’s retina, enabling it to process patterns sent wirelessly.

Science Corp implant

Like Neuralink, Science Corp wants to use its technology to treat people with disabilities. After that, the objective is to work on the technology, to the point where it can be used as a capacity enhancer.

We are starting in very disabled patient populations with severe unmet needs. But if we perfect this technology five or six generations, we can replace glasses and glasses [de realidade virtual] by just a small implant in the eye.

Hodak explained in an interview with Bloomberg, adding that he wants to start testing on humans in the coming years.

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