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  1. Last 7 days
    1. Musk appears to be betting that the spectacle is worth it. He’s probably correct in thinking that large swaths of the world will not deem his leadership a failure either because they are ideologically aligned with him or they simply don’t care and aren’t seeing any changes to their corner of the Twitterverse.

      How is this sort of bloodsport similar/different to the news media coverage of Donald J. Trump in 2015/2016?

      The similarities over creating engagement within a capitalistic framing along with the need to only garner at least a minimum amount of audience to support the enterprise seem to be at play.

      Compare/contrast this with the NBAs conundrum with the politics of entering the market in China.

  2. Nov 2022
    1. Those sticking with Musk must be prepared to work “maniacally,” he says, to support whatever move he makes next, creating an ongoing environment where employees can’t easily predict their day to day, which experts say makes it even more likely that turnover will remain high.

      A billionaire following a $44 billion dollar company purchase pushing employees to work "maniacally"? As if they weren't working hard before?

      What value did he possibly see here?

    2. “If you have a compelling product, people will buy it,” Musk told staff. “That has been my experience at SpaceX and Tesla.”

      Alternately, if you have toxic leadership, employees will leave and the company will collapse.

  3. Oct 2022
  4. Sep 2022
    1. in south australia we've got the hornsdale power reserve which is a 00:32:43 100 megawatt capacity this is one that elon musk very famously uh put in so this is what the european union is now using as the standard to talk about you know it's 00:32:56 been done in australia we can do it here so in the global system we would need 15 million 635 and 478 such stations across the planet 00:33:08 in the power grid system just for that four week buffer so and that is actually about 30 times capacity uh compared to the entire global

      !- for : global capacity renewable energy storage - this is not realistic

    1. Whatever Musk ends up doing, this possibility is what the right is actually celebrating.

      It is quite clear that the right "celebrates" Elon Musks eventual purchase of twitter as his political views as a billionaire would align closer to what the right views than what those on the left would. This would make Elon Musk buying twitter a larger advantage than one would think in the grand scheme. Twitter is heavily used throughout the political atmosphere to spread beliefs, campaigns and other politic related movements. By removing a previous owner who has been known to "censor" what is being tweeted, (which has prominently been on the right side, politically) , right wing ideas will have a greater chance of sticking with larger amounts of people. This is why this move is seen as worth celebrating on the right side of the political spectrum.

  5. May 2022
  6. Apr 2022
    1. The historian in me always wants to look back at how this sort of media control has played out historically, so thinking about examples like William Randolph Hearst, Henry Luce, David Sarnoff, Axel Springer, Kerry Packer, or Rupert Murdoch across newspapers, radio, television, etc. might be interesting. See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_proprietor

      Tim Wu's The Master Switch is pretty accessible in this area.


      On the intercultural front, the language (very careful public relations and "corporate speak") used in this leaked audio file of the most recent Twitter All Hands phone call might be fascinating and an interesting primary source for some of the questions you might be looking at on such an assignment. https://peertube.dk/w/2q8cdKR1mTCW7RyMQhcBEx

      Who are the multiple audiences (acknowledged and unacknowledged) being addressed? (esp. as they address leaks of information in the call.)

    1. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1514938507407421440.html

      A former Redditor's perspective on Musk's purchase offer of Twitter. Sounds like he gets many parts right, but doesn't address the specific toxicity of social media's part in amplifying it all using metrics and algorighms which encourage the fringes to fight. Simply turning off algorithms and tamping down on amplifying marginal content would make it all vastly more human.

    1. Investors rarely try to break through a poison pill threshold, securities experts say, with the caveat that Mr. Musk rarely abides by precedent.

      I love this sentence. It's the best compliment you can give him.

  7. Feb 2022
    1. First, there is the life insurance rationale. Although the chance of a planet-wide calamity extinguishing our species is low, it is not zero.

      Notably Steven Hawking (and others) warned about this year ago already. Not to take away from Musk's achievements, but he's not the first to recognise and work on this problem.

      https://www.wired.co.uk/article/stephen-hawking-interstellar-travel-starmus-speech

    2. For the first time in 4.5 billion years, a creature living on Earth has the ability to do something about this threat by helping humanity to become a spacefaring species.

      Classic article about the topic: https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fermi-paradox.html

    3. What, we discussed, were the headlines from the event? No one was sure, as we agreed that Musk had not really broken any news.

      I noticed the same about the presentation. It seemed like Musk is becoming more adept at adept at selling his vision (e.g. addressing "why invest in space" criticism), but shied away from any concrete information about SpaceX's plans.

      He even joked about "it's not done yet" so many times I suspect there isn't much to report at the moment. I wonder what's the reason for this update now.

    4. At times, however, Musk was frustratingly vague. After the speech, I felt no more confident about when the massive Starship vehicle will actually make an orbital launch attempt. For those who follow SpaceX closely, this came as a disappointment, especially as this talk marked SpaceX's first substantial Starship update in more than 28 months.

      A tour of their facility a few months ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t705r8ICkRw

    1. Elon Musk tweets, then deletes, Holocaust joke

      Ars Technica libeled Elon Musk by reporting that Musk "tweeted, then deleted holocaust joke".

      While Hitler presided over a holocaust, the joke had nothing to do with that and everything to do with the fact that both Hitler and Trudeau are tyrants.

      The joke itself, which Ars Technica found so offensive that they felt they should mirror it; didn't reference the holocaust in any way and thus does not pass muster as a "holocaust joke", so since they can't do anything productive like run successful automakers or aerospace companies they need to sit on the sidelines and lie about Musk to try to achieve a sense of faux superiority. 🙄

  8. Jan 2022
  9. Mar 2021
    1. "My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone's talent and not someone's personality. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart."
    2. "I don't spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems."
  10. Feb 2021
    1. Tesla’s factory is messy, it hiccups, modules are repaired on the line, stockpiles of parts lie around in “semi-organized” fashion. It goes against all the tenets of the lean manufacturing operation pioneered by Toyota, celebrated in The Machine That Changed The World, and universally adopted for its advantages in reliability, cost, and higher job satisfaction. This is not a manufacturing line that can, by the force of Musk’s will and charisma, produce 10X more cars two years from now.

      Tesla 的工厂内部相当混乱、小状况频传,有问题的模组就在产线上直接维修,一堆堆的备料则以「乱中有序」的方式到处堆放;跟《改变世界的机器》(The Machine That Changed The World)一书中赞誉有加的日本丰田「精实生产」精神完全背道而驰,也看不出来有精实生产的可靠、低成本、高员工满意度等特性。

      即使有 Musk 这样充满意志力与个人魅力的领导者,这样的工厂在两年之内仍然看不出有提升产量 10 倍的可能性。

    2. What Elon Musk has accomplished with Tesla goes beyond good and bad company numbers. Electric cars used to be associated with moderation bordering on self-denial. With the Model S, Musk has given us an electric car that looks like the luxury car that it is… and is a blast to drive (I know, my spouse lets me drive hers). As an impolitic Valley wag once said: Before Tesla, e-cars were for vegetarians; Musk made an electrifying chariot for carnivores.

      Elon Musk 和 Tesla 的成就,其实已经超越了「卖得好不好」的层次。过去,电动车在各种妥协之下,只能算是「勉强可用」的替代产品,但在 Tesla Model S 问世之后,不仅证明了电动车也可以豪华,而且开起来还很过瘾。就像某位硅谷人士说的:在 Tesla 之前,电动车都只能算是吃素的,但 Tesla 却是不折不扣的电动肉食野兽。

    1. The Cook and the Chef
    2. I think generally people’s thinking process is too bound by convention or analogy to prior experiences. It’s rare that people try to think of something on a first principles basis. They’ll say, “We’ll do that because it’s always been done that way.” Or they’ll not do it because “Well, nobody’s ever done that, so it must not be good.” But that’s just a ridiculous way to think. You have to build up the reasoning from the ground up—“from the first principles” is the phrase that’s used in physics. You look at the fundamentals and construct your reasoning from that, and then you see if you have a conclusion that works or doesn’t work, and it may or may not be different from what people have done in the past.

      我认为,人们的思维过程通常都束缚在常规或类似的经历中。人们很少会试着在第一原则的基础上考虑某些事。他们习惯说:「因为我们以前那样做过,所以我们会这样做。」或者,他们不做这事是因为「好吧,之前没人做过,所以情况肯定不太妙。」但是,这是一种荒谬的思维方式。你必须从头开始推理——「从第一原则开始」是物理学中的一个表述。你注视着那些基本条件,然后从中建构你的推理,之后你可以看看是否得出一个有效或是无效的结论——可能会和人们以往的结论相同,也可能不同。

    3. 1) To understand why Musk is doing what he’s doing. 2) To understand why Musk is able to do what he’s doing.

      1)搞清楚马斯克为什么要做手头这些事情

      2)搞清楚他为什么能够做这些事情

    4. The Cook and the Chef: Musk’s Secret Sauce
    1. 马斯克说他非常有信心,SpaceX 公司会在2026年将人类带上火星,幸运的话,2024年就能实现。然后,就会开始建设火星殖民地。

  11. Oct 2019
    1. Elon Musk.

      Eine entsprechend der Thematik angelehnte Diskussion zwischen Elon Musk und dem chinesischer Unternehmer Jack Ma über Künstlicher Intelligenz (englisch) Diskussion

  12. May 2019
    1. Elon Musk, with a $2.3 billion package

      More accurately: $0 package, UNLESS value of company goes up 18 fold, to $650 billion, at which point it seems fair to let him have 0.5% of that....

      Makes one wonder if the other pay packages are equally misrepresented, here, and perhaps the entire conclusion is flawed.

  13. Oct 2017
    1. Musk revealed the company’s planned next-generation rocket will make it possible to build a moon base — and the name he picked is just his latest homage to beloved science fiction, in this case, the British cult classic Space: 1999.

      One of the all time best shows! Changed my life!

  14. May 2017
    1. The FAQ laid out a detailed seven-step plan for tunneling faster, but also addressed the big dirty concern of digging underground. The answer, according to the Boring Company team, is to make bricks.

      Sounds like a good plan!

  15. Apr 2017
  16. Mar 2017
    1. To create it, Musk has said that he thinks we will probably have to inject a computer interface into the jugular where it will travel into the brain and unfold into a mesh of electric connections that connect directly to the neurons.

      Yeah, nothing could go wrong with this approach...

    2. Elon Musk’s neural lace project could turn us all into cyborgs, and he says that it’s only four or five years away.

      This seems incredibly ambitious--if not dangerous!

    1. One of Musk’s biggest goals with SpaceX is to get humans to Mars by 2025, nearly a decade ahead of NASA’s current plan.

      That is very soon!

  17. Jul 2015
    1. The world doesn’t throw a billion dollars at a person because the person wants it or works so hard they feel they deserve it. (The world does not care what you want or deserve.)  The world gives you money in exchange for something it perceives to be of equal or greater value: something that transforms an aspect of the culture, reworks a familiar story or introduces a new one, alters the way people think about the category and make use of it in daily life.
    1. “We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”
    2. “Hope we're not just the biological boot loader for digital superintelligence. Unfortunately, that is increasingly probable.”
    3. “With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like – yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon. Doesn’t work out.”
    4. “The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe. 10 years at most.”