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Elon Musk is a South-African born Canadian-American engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur, born in 1971. He was a co-founder of PayPal, which was sold to Ebay for $1.5 billion. He then founded Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Tesla Motors. He is chief executive and chief designer at SpaceX and CEO and head of product design at Tesla and chairman of Solar City. Musk purchased Twitter in September 2022.

30 Oct, 2022

Musk deletes Paul Pelosi conspiracy tweet

Withdraws statement

In response to a post by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in which she claimed that the attack on Paul Pelosi by Paul DePape was the fault of Republican ‘mouthpieces’ spreading ‘hate and deranged conspiracy theories, Musk replied with an article, titled headlined: ‘The Awful Truth: Paul Pelosi Was Drunk Again, And In a Dispute With a Male Prostitute Early Friday Morning,’ that said Paul Pelosi’s attacker was a gay prostitute he met during a drunken night out. Musk:

There’s a tiny possibility there may be more to this story than meets the eye.

The article’s author offered no evidence to support his claim and Pelosi is neither gay nor an alcoholic. Musk later deletes the tweet.

28 Oct, 2022

Musk comments on people pretending to be laid-off Twitter workers

Makes Statement

Musk makes a comment about two men who claimed they were software developers laid off by Twitter, one of whom identified himself as “Rahul Ligma”, a name that does not appear in  Twitter’s Slack or email system. There is no evidence that the employee exists on LinkedIn, while the name ‘Ligma’ an internet hoax designed to elicit the response “lick my balls” from people who are in on the joke.

Musk responds:

Ligma Johnson had it coming

Musk fires Gadde

Fired

Musk fires Gadde, Twitter’s head of Legal & Policy. Gadde banned Donald Trump from Twitter in January 21.

27 Oct, 2022

Musk: ‘Dear Twitter Advertisers’

Makes Statement

In a tweet titled, ‘Dear Twitter Advertisers’, Musk says he bought the company to ‘help humanity’, that it must be ‘warm and welcoming to all’ and that ‘ advertising, when done right, can delight, entertain and inform’:

I wanted to reach out personally to share my motivation in acquiring Twitter. There has been much speculation about why I bought Twitter and what I think about advertising. Most of it has been wrong. The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence. There is currently great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society.

In the relentless pursuit of clicks, much of traditional media has fueled and catered to those polarized extremes, as they believe that is what brings in the money, but, in doing so, the opportunity for dialogue is lost. That is why I bought Twitter. I didn’t do It because it would be easy. I didn’t do it to make more money. I did it to try to help humanity, whom I love. And I do so with humility, recognizing that failure in pursuing this goal, despite our best efforts, is a very real possibility.

That said, Twitter obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences! In addition to adhering to the laws of the land, our platform must be warm and welcoming to all, where you can choose your desired experience according to your preferences, just as you can choose, for example, to see movies or play video games ranging from all ages to mature.

I also very much believe that advertising, when done right, can delight, entertain and inform you; it can show you a service or product or medical treatment that you never knew existed, but is right for you. For this to be true, it is essential to show Twitter users advertising that is as relevant as possible to their needs. Low relevancy ads are spam, but highly relevant ads are actually content! Fundamentally, Twitter aspires to be the most respected advertising platform in the world that strengthens your brand and grows your enterprise. To everyone who has partnered with us, I thank you. Let us build something extraordinary together.

‘Elon Musk kidnapped’ deepfake

Advertising campaignDeepfake

In an attempt to gain Musk’s attention, reAlpha Tech Corp, a real estate tech startup, releases a deepfake hostage video of Musk tied to a chair.

Hey, remember us? Yep, we are the ones that posted that INSANE video of Elon Musk taking a bubble bath… & we are back for more. This time, we took matters into our own hands & may or may not have kidnapped ol’ Elon’s twin. In case you forgot, we are reAlpha, a startup tech-company democratizing investment in the short term rental market and we are on a mission to enable anyone to invest in the $1.2 Trillion short-term rental real estate industry. The whole purpose of this video is to have you help us get Elon Musk to join our Board.

Musk has not responded.

25 Oct, 2022

Musk says Twitter deal will close on Friday

FundraisingMakes Statement

In a video call with bankers who are providing $13 billion in debt financing to his purchase of Twitter, Musk says that he will close the deal on Friday, 28 October. Musk has pledged to provide $46.5 billion in equity and debt financing for the acquisition, which covers the $44 billion price tag plus closing costs. Equity investors, including Sequoia Capital, Binance, Qatar Investment Authority and others have received paperwork for the financing commitment from Musk’s lawyers.

Musk has to comply with a Delaware court judge’s deadline to complete the transaction by the 28th. Twitter declined to comment.

24 Oct, 2022

Psychologist: Musk is ‘psychopathic and manipulative’

Opinion

Psychologist Desiree Silverstone says Musk’s recent behaviour and family upbringing has made him ‘psychopathic and manipulative’.

The back and forth (with Twitter) could easily be an ambivalent early attachment to his caregivers. You see it in friendships and romantic relationships – I want you, I don’t want you. People who grow up with trauma often create a false sense of self which is usually about control and power. When one grows up with trauma, the right side of the brain becomes very active and developed, The way the media portrays his treatment of his employees also shows that he doesn’t seem to have a great deal of empathy. That can be sociopathic or psychopathic. No empathy, very manipulative and a grandiose sense of self but can achieve great things because of it.

Silverstone says he analysis is just a “speculative hypothesis*.

21 Oct, 2022

Musk announces Quicksilver & Midnight Cherry Red Tesla colors

Announcement

Musk introduces two new colours for the Model Y, available from Giga Berlin – Quicksilver & Midnight Cherry Red. Tesla:

Quicksilver & Midnight Cherry Red — made at Giga Berlin. Both are made from highly-pigmented metallic paint, designed to change depending on viewing angle & light. Our most advanced paint system yet, allowing up to 13 layers for depth, dimension & a hand-painted look. Available in Europe & the Middle East

Musk:

Only Giga Berlin can make these colors, as paint shop was specially built to apply many fine layers of paint, giving it complexity not otherwise possible

Musk wants to fire 75% of Twitter staff

Makes Statement

Elon Musk tells prospective investors that, after his purchase on October 28,  he plans to get rid of nearly 75% of Twitter’s 7500 workers, reducing the staff to  2000. Musk has told investors that he plans to double revenue in three years, by reducing costs and tripling the number of users that can view ads.

In June, Musk said he didn’t see a reason low performers should remain employed. Twitter’s top lawyer sent out a note to all employees saying the company did not have any confirmation from Musk about his plans. Human resources staff at Twitter have told employees that they aren’t planning for mass layoffs, but documents show that extensive plans to cut staff and reduce infrastructure costs were already in place before Musk offered to buy the company. Those plans are currently on hold, until after the purchase.

20 Oct, 2022

Musk: ‘Obviously we’re overpaying for Twitter right now’

Makes Statement

During Tesla’s third-quarter earnings’ call. Musk says that, while he is overpaying for Twitter now, it will be worth it in the long-term

I am excited about the Twitter situation. It’s an asset that has languished for a long time, but it has incredible potential. Although myself and the other investors are obviously overpaying for Twitter right now, the long-term potential for Twitter is an order of magnitude greater than its current value.”

The Twitter stock price on this day is $52.42, compared with Musk’s $54.20 offer.

Musk: Tesla could be worth ‘more than Apple and Saudi Aramco combined’

Makes Statement

Pointing to past performance as an indicator, Musk tells analysts during an earnings call, that he sees a path for the auto manufacturer to become the most valuable company in the world.

I see a potential path for Tesla to be worth more than Apple and Saudi Aramco combined. I see a way for Tesla to be roughly twice the value of Saudi Aramco. This is the first time I’ve seen that potential.

Apple and Saudi Aramco are valued at about $2.3 trillion and $2.1 trillion. That growth would imply an over $4T market cap for Tesla. Musk has previously made good on bullish promises. For example, he proclaimed in 2015 that the automaker would exceed a $700B valuation. At the time, the company was worth only about $25B.

18 Oct, 2022

Musk thinks Grimes is a ‘simulation’

Makes Statement

Journalist Devin Gordon says that Grimes told him that Musk believed that she was his “perfect companion” but not “real”.

She [Grimes] told me repeatedly that Musk has this theory of her that she’s not real. That she’s a simulation who was created by him and exists in his cerebral cortex as sort of the perfect companion to him. Which sounds a little crazy and maybe even a little creepy, except, she agrees with it. She said she does feel like this simulation which was perfectly created for him. Her interests are all the same as his and her music is very technologically oriented, [and they also] both made a similar nerdy joke about a scary AI theory of the future.

In March 2022, Grimes said:

We keep having this conversation where E’s like, ‘Are you real? Or are we living in my memory, and you’re like a synthesised companion that was created to be my companion here?’. The degree to which I feel engineered to have been this, like, perfect companion is crazy.”

17 Oct, 2022

Breed: Musk ‘Got tax breaks then took money and ran’

Makes Statement

When asked about Musk’s frequent criticism of Democrat-run states and cities, San Francisco Mayor, London Breed says:

You mean the person who got a ton of tax breaks in California and decided to take that money and run?

in 2021, Musk relocated Tesla headquarters from Palo Alto, CA, to Austin, TX, a decision that was met with outrage from California lawmakers who reminded him that Tesla had received more than $3.2 billion worth of direct and indirect subsidies from Sacramento since 2009.

15 Oct, 2022

Musk will continue to cover Ukraine Starlink costs

Makes Statement

Despite earlier tweeting that SpaceX could not fund Starlink ‘indefinitely’, Musk says he will continue to pay for Starlink to cover Ukraine. SpaceX has told the US government that Ukraine’s use of Starlink has already cost $80 million and could cost close to $400 million over the next 12 months.

The hell with it … even though Starlink is still losing money & other companies are getting billions of taxpayer $, we’ll just keep funding Ukraine govt for free

When a Twitter user told Musk “No good deed goes unpunished”, he replied:

Even so, we should still do good deeds.

Musk added to Ukrainian ‘kill list’ website

Makes Statement

After the independent journalist Eva Bartlett claimed that Musk had been added to Ukraine’s Myrotvorets (‘Peacemaker’) ‘kill list’ website, Musk asks for more information:

Is this real? What’s the URL?


The website publishes a list and personal information of people who are considered its authors to be “enemies of Ukraine. It recently came to public attention after Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters highlighted his own inclusion on the list. Some Ukrainians who have had their names and addressed published on the list as “collaborators” were hunted down and prosecuted, and the website shows an image of some of the people on the list, who have been “liquidated”, with their images crossed out.

Musk then tweeted a link to a Wikipedia page about the list. Finally, Musk said his inclusion on the list was:

Concerning


Musk’s name has since been removed from the site.

14 Oct, 2022

Musk: SpaceX cannot fund Starlink in Ukraine ‘indefinitely’

Makes Statement

Following a report that SpaceX told the US government that Ukraine’s use of Starlink has already cost $80 million and could cost close to $400 million over the next 12 months, Musk says SpaceX cannot fund the existing system “indefinitely and send several thousand more terminals” that have high data usage. SpaceX’s donated Starlink internet terminals have been crucial in keeping Ukraine’s military online during the war against Russia.

Musk also said he was following the recommendation of Andrij Melnyk, Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, who told Musk to ‘F off’ after he posted his Twitter peace plan.

Twitter: Musk under federal investigation

Court filing

In a court filing, Twitter says Musk is being investigated by federal authorities over his conduct in his $44 billion takeover deal for the company. The company does not say what the exact focus of the probes is, nor which federal authorities are conducting them. The court filing asks Musk’s attorneys to provide documents that are being withheld, which Musk’s attorney’s say contain ‘privileged’ information. Twitter:

This game of ‘hide the ball’ must end.

An attorney for Musk:

[Twitter’s court filing is a] misdirection. It is Twitter’s executives that are under federal investigation.

13 Oct, 2022

Musk: 20,000 bottles of Burnt Hair fragrance sold

Sales Report

Following tweets that announced 5000 and 10,000 bottles of Burnt Hair have been sold, Musk tweets that 20,000 bottles of the fragrance have been sold. At $100 per bottle, the perfume has raised $2 million in sales. Musk announced the perfume in September as a ‘slow burn’ joke, and launched it, through The Boring Company, on October 12.

20,000!

12 Oct, 2022

Burnt Hair fragrance goes on sale

Product Release

The Boring Company starts selling Musk’s Burnt Hair by Singed fragrance.  The fragrance is marketed as ‘Just like leaning over a candle at the dinner table, but without all the hard work’. Musk announced the perfume in September 2022. Musk calls it:

The finest fragrance on Earth!

Musk later tweets that 10,000 bottles have been sold.

11 Oct, 2022

Zuckerberg: Musk Twitter deal ‘unclear’

Makes Statement

Zuckerberg says he doesn’t know how Musk’s Twitter deal will turn out:

I don’t know. I think this is another one of these things that it’s really unclear how it’ll actually turn out. I think it’s interesting as a saga, like you’re saying, but I think even at this point, it’s not actually clear what’s going to happen.

SpaceX fully stacks Starship rocket

Launchpad activityVehicle assembly

For the first time in more than six months, SpaceX stacks both stages of Starship, creating the largest and most powerful launch vehicle ever fully assembled. SpaceX has conducted three other full-stack Starship demonstrations: in August 2021 and February and March 2022. This stack includes Super Heavy Booster 7 (B7) and Starship 24 (S24). The stacking is taking place at Starship’s orbital launch pad in Boca Chica, Texas.

After an aborted predawn attempt on October 11th, the Starship was lifted at sunset about 80 meters (250 ft) off the ground, translated over to Booster 7, and lowered on top of the 69-meter-tall (225 ft) first stage. After about two more hours of robotically tweaking their positions, the two Starship stages were secured together.

According to Musk, Booster 7 and Ship 24 will attempt Starship’s first full-stack wet dress rehearsal (WDR) once all is in order, which is a fully loaded countdown up to the point of launch.

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Musk denies Putin talk

Denial

Musk denies he talked to Putin about Ukraine, or on any topic outside of space

No, it is not. I have spoken to Putin only once and that was about 18 months ago. The subject matter was space.

When asked if he would have a talk with Putin about the Ukraine conflict, he says:

Pointless, as there is currently no overlap between Russian and Ukrainian demands – it’s not even close

Report: Musk talked to Putin before Ukraine peace plan tweet

Makes Statement

In a mailout to subscribers, Ian Bremner, founder the political risk research and consulting firm Eurasia Group, wrote that Musk told him that Putin was “prepared to negotiate”. but only if Crimea remained Russian; if Ukraine accepted a form of permanent neutrality; and Ukraine recognised Russia’s annexation of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

According to Bremmer, Musk said Putin told him these goals would be accomplished “no matter what”, including the potential of a nuclear strike if Ukraine invaded Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. Bremmer wrote that Musk told him that “everything needed to be done to avoid that outcome.”

Bremmer also wrote that Musk said he had refused a Ukrainian request to activate Starlink in Crimea.

Musk spoke to Kanye before Twitter block

Makes Statement

Musk says he spoke to Kanye West to express his concerns about the musician’s recent tweet about Jewish people. Kanye’s account was locked just a day after he returned to the platform for the first time in nearly two years.

Talked to ye today & expressed my concerns about his recent tweet, which I think he took to heart

10 Oct, 2022

Musk claims Twitter made whistleblower destroy evidence

Court filing

Musk’s lawyers accuse Twitter’s top two lawyers, Vijaya Gadde and Sean Edgett, and Chief Privacy Officer Damien Kieran, along with CEO Parag Agrawal, of seeking to cover up the violations of the legal settlements with government regulators by ordering the Twitter whistleblower, Peter Zatko, to destroy 10 handwritten notebooks and deleted 100 computer files.

Twitter’s attempt to buy Mr. Zatko’s silence failed, but Twitter achieved its secondary aim of ensuring Mr. Zatko’s corroborating evidence would never come to light. [The document-destruction order deprived Musk’s legal team of] critical corroborating evidence of Mr. Zatko’s allegations, which would support his account of key meetings and conversations relevant to this case.

8 Oct, 2022

China ambassador praises Musk Taiwan proposal

Makes Statement

China’s ambassador to the United States responds to Musk’s China-Taiwan peace proposal.

I would like to thank @elonmusk for his call for peace across the Taiwan Strait and his idea about establishing a special administrative zone for Taiwan. Actually, Peaceful reunification and One Country, Two Systems are our basic principles for resolving the Taiwan question and the best approach to realizing national reunification. Provided that China’s sovereignty, security and development interests are guaranteed, after reunification Taiwan will enjoy a high degree of autonomy as a special administrative region, and a vast space for development.

Riley: Musk woke up screaming in terror about bankruptcy

Makes Statement

Musk’s ex-wife says that came close to a meltdown in 2008 when Tesla was haemorrhaging money and SpaceX had failed three times to launch a rocket into orbit.

He was trying to avoid bankruptcy. Every day Elon would come home and say, ‘That’s it. He was being ridiculed by the press. He would have these night terrors in the middle of the night. We’d be fast asleep and suddenly he would be screaming in his sleep, like he was trying to climb up and escape something. He gave me an out. He said, ‘This is going to be the hard part, you don’t have to stay for it’.

The actress said her ex-husband was vindicated when SpaceX finally became the first private company to launch a rocket into orbit, netting Musk a $1.5bn Nasa contract.

It was the first thing that went right. Elon was at his most joyous, incredible, wonderful. He went from being ridiculed to suddenly, his word was gospel.

Proposes China-Taiwan peace plan

Interview

In an interview with The Financial Times, Musk talks about his plan for China-Taiwan relations

My recommendation … would be to figure out a special administrative zone for Taiwan that is reasonably palatable, probably won’t make everyone happy. And it’s possible, and I think probably, in fact, that they could have an arrangement that’s more lenient than Hong Kong.

SpaceX Dragon Capsule docks with ISS

Docking

Elon Musk shares a video of the SpaceX Dragon capsule docking with the International Space Station. The docking took place 29 hours after the Falcon 9 spacecraft took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX Crew-5 is the fifth crewed NASA flight, carrying two NASA astronauts, one Japanese astronaut and one Russian cosmonaut. During their time on the orbiting laboratory, the crew will conduct over 200 science experiments.

6 Oct, 2022

Musk-Twitter trial stayed, deal must close Oct 28

Judgement

Delaware Chancery Court Judge Kathaleen McCormick agrees to stay the Musk-Twitter trial, giving Musk until 5 pm on Oct. 28 to close the deal. Otherwise, she will set another trial date for next month. The proceedings had been set for Oct. 17. Twitter had argued that Musk should close the deal before the trial date.

This action is stayed until 5 p.m. on October 28, 2022, to permit the parties to close on the transaction. If the transaction does not close by 5 p.m. on October 28, 2022, the parties are instructed to contact me by email that evening to obtain November 2022 trial dates.

Twitter wants deal closed before trial date

File Motion

Musk’s attorneys formally ask a judge to stay the trial, which is set to start Oct. 17. The Musk team say a close would be possible on or around Oct. 28. However, Twitter says Musk must close the deal before proceedings start on the 17th. Twitter;

At a minimum…Defendants should be arranging to close on Monday, October 10. But they aren’t. Instead, they refuse to commit to any closing date. They ask for an open ended out, at the expense of Twitter’s stockholders (who are owed $44 billion plus interest), all the while remaining free to change their minds again or to invent new grounds to avoid the contract. Until Defendants commit to close as required, Twitter is entitled to its day in Court….Defendants can and should close next week. Until they do, this action is not moot [as Musk’s motion insisted] and should be brought to trial.

Musk’s lawyers:

Twitter will not take yes for an answer. Astonishingly, they have insisted on proceeding with this litigation, recklessly putting the deal at risk and gambling with their stockholders’ interests.

5 Oct, 2022

Musk tried for Twitter discount

Negotiation

In the weeks before Musk’s bid to own Twitter was back on the table, his representatives asked for a discount of 30%, a proposal that would have valued the company at roughly $31 billion. Twitter rejected the proposal.

In the past week, a discount of 1% was discussed, a valuation of $39.6 billion, but the talks did not move forward. Twitter’s market cap as of Wednesday was $39.2 billion.

Musk said completing the acquisition was dependent on his ability to secure financing from the banks that had agreed to back his April bid, which offered $54.20 per share. If the banks do not follow through, Musk will have to pay a $1 billion breakup fee. He has also asked Twitter to halt its litigation against him.

Musk SEC letter confirming Twitter purchase released

Makes Statement

Musk’s letter [link] to the SEC, confirming purchase of Twitter, is released. The purchase is conditional on debt financing and a stay of action of the Twitter-Musk court case.

Gentlemen: On behalf of X Holdings I, Inc., X Holdings II, Inc. and Elon R. Musk (the “Musk Parties”), we write to notify you that the Musk Parties intend to proceed to closing of the transaction contemplated by the April 25, 2022 Merger Agreement, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein and pending receipt of the proceeds of the debt financing contemplated thereby, provided that the Delaware Chancery Court enter an immediate stay of the action, Twitter vs. Musk, et al. (C.A. No. 202-0613-KSJM) (the “Action”) and adjourn the trial and all other proceedings related thereto pending such closing or further order of the Court.

4 Oct, 2022

Musk to buy Twitter at original price, share trading halted

Acquisition

Trading in Twitter shares is halted as the stock spiked following reports that Musk is planning to buy the company for his original offer price of $54.20 per share. The shares had been up by 13% at $47.95 before trading was paused following the news. Twitter and Musk were due to be in court later this month as the company attempted to hold Musk to his original $44bn offer, made in April.

Musk had wanted to back out of the deal over the number of bot accounts on the platform, which he said was above Twitter’s estimate of 5% of users. The takeover deal has already received approval from Twitter shareholders.

3 Oct, 2022

Lithuanian president: ‘When someone steals the wheels of your Tesla, it doesn’t make them the legal owner’

Makes Statement

Lithuanian’s president responds to Musk’s second poll, asking if the people who live in Donbas & Crimea should decide whether they live in Russia or Ukraine:

Dear @elonmusk, when someone tries to steal the wheels of your Tesla, it doesn’t make them legal owner of the car or of the wheels. Even though they claim both voted in favor of it. Just saying.

Zelensky posts poll in response to Musk’s Ukraine tweets

Makes Statement

Ukraine’s president Zelensky responds to Musk’s Ukraine statements by posting a poll of his own, asking:

Which @elonmusk do you like more? One who supports Ukraine or One who supports Russia?

Musk reposnds, saying he ‘very much supports’ Ukraine:

I still very much support Ukraine, but am convinced that massive escalation of the war will cause great harm to Ukraine and possibly the world.

Ukrainian ambassador tells Musk to ‘F– off’

Makes Statement

After Musk posts that three likely outcomes of the Ukraine War would be: Crimea be given permanently to Russia; that the four areas annexed by Russia after sham referendums in September 2020, be given new UN-monitored referendums; and that Ukraine should remain neutral and not join NATO, Melnyk, Ukraine’s outgoing ambassador to Germany, says:

F— off is my very diplomatic reply to you. The only outcome is that now no Ukrainian will EVER buy your f…ing tesla crap. So good luck to you.

Posts Ukraine-Russia peace deal proposal and poll

Makes Statement

Musk posts a Twitter poll to gauge support for what he claims is a likely outcome of the seven-month Ukraine-Russia conflict.

  1. That the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, which Russia annexed by force in 2014, be permanently given to Russia and guaranteed a permanent water supply.
  2. That the four regions of eastern Ukraine where Russia held sham referendums last month before illegally annexing the land be put to new referendums, this time organized by the United Nations.
  3. That Ukraine should be forced to remain “[email protected] accomplishing the long-term Kremlin goal of barring Ukraine from joining the NATO defensive alliance.

Musk also says that his proposal is the likely solution and that a “possible, albeit unlikely octcome from this conflict is nuclear war”.

1 Oct, 2022

Advice to younger self: ‘Stop and smell the roses’

Makes Statement

At Tesla’s AI Day, Musk is asked what advice he would give to his younger self. In addition to saying he would join Tesla; Musk says he would try to expose himself to as many smart people as possible and read a lot of books.

I think there is some merit to just also just not being necessarily too intense, like enjoying the moment a bit more. I would say to 20 something me to stop and smell the roses occasionally probably would be a good idea.

Recalling an incident when SpaceX was developing the Falcon 1 rocket on a beautiful island, he said that during the entire time he didn’t have a drink on the beach,

I should have had a drink on the beach. That would have been fine.

Musk offers Starlink satellites to Florida

Donation

Florida Governor DeSantis says Musk has agreed to provide Starlink to help in response to Hurricane Ian in areas of Southwest Florida still without power and internet after the superstorm. SpaceX plans to send 120 “large Starlink units” to Florida, which will serve as satellite dishes to distribute internet connections to devices within a 13-mile radius. Use by search and rescue crews will be prioritized. Starlink is covering all costs. DeSantis:

We are working with Elon Musk and Starlink satellite. They are positioning those Starlink satellites to provide good coverage in Southwest Florida and other affected areas.

30 Sep, 2022

Musk reveals Optimus Robot

Announcement

Musk unveils the humanoid Telsa Optimus Robot at Tesla AI Day. He shows a walking production prototype, plus one that uses Tesla actuators. Musk says the robot will be produced at scale and will cost less than a family car.

We’ve designed it using the same discipline that we use when designing the car, which is to design it for manufacturing, so it’s possible to make the robot at high volume at low cost, with high reliability. That’s incredibly important. We’ve all seen very impressive humanoid robot demonstrations. But what are they missing? They’re missing a brain. They don’t have the intelligence to navigate the world by themselves. They’re also very expensive and made in low volume, whereas Optimus is an extremely capable robot, but it’s made in very high volume, ultimately millions of units. It’s expected to cost much less than a car, probably less than $20,000.

 

University refuses to release injured Neuralink monkey photos

Makes Statement

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) advocacy group says its request for 371 photos of monkeys that were subjected to Neuralink brain implant technology experiments, which took place at US Davis’s veterinary lab facilities, has been refused by the university, which says they are proprietary. Earlier this year, Neuralink said that a fifth of the 23 rhesus macaques monkeys it used to test its brain-hacking implants had been euthanized after developing infections and malfunctions. Neuralink paid UC Davis $1.4 million to use its facilities between 2017 and 2020. PCRM:

UC Davis thinks the public is too stupid to know what they’re looking at. But it’s clear the university is simply trying to hide from taxpayers the fact that it partnered with Elon Musk to conduct experiments in which animals suffered and died.

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