You can always count on Elon Musk to take what should be a platform to talk about his various ventures, like SpaceX (making waves in the world of space travel) and Tesla (recently released the world’s fastest production car), and make it weird.
He has no filter.
On Sunday night, he appeared on Clubhouse, joining the Good Time Show to talk about whatever he wants.
Clubhouse is, per CNET, an exclusive audio-only app which allows people to create conversation rooms. It didn’t hold up too well. The cap on participants is 5 000 and was quickly overwhelmed by Musk fans.
Before we take a look at some of Musk’s ramblings, Darwyn Metzger put together this useful summary of the topics that he sailed through:
Elon Musk on Clubhouse summary
Altered Carbon IRL
YT/Reddit = School
Humans as cyborgs
— Darwyn Metzger🧢 (@DarwynsTheory) February 1, 2021
We have to start with ‘Monkeys’, or more specifically:
Musk spoke about Mars, obviously. That’s where he plans on sending astronauts in the not so distant future.
“Five and a half years,” Musk told hosts Sriram Krishnan and Aarthi Ramamurthy at the beginning of the show.
“The important thing is that we establish Mars as a self-sustaining civilization,” he said.
That was followed by applause for his meme abilities, and then a swift transition to Neuralink, the brain-implant startup he founded in 2016.
“We have a monkey with a wireless implant in their skull who can play video games using his mind,” Musk said.
Of course, there’s no evidence for this and it’s the second time we’ve heard Musk discuss it. “Can we have the monkeys play mind Pong with each other?” he mused.
When he isn’t musing about monkeys playing Pong, he has provided some clarity on the Neuralink chip in the past. The aim, he says, is to “hack the human brain”.
Wait, that’s also creepy. Let’s try again.
The chip is set to be used medically to help paralysed patients communicate through their smartphones and computers.
Right now the world is caught up in the stock market, Reddit, and GameStop’s huge rally, which became the focus of what VICE called a “micro class war”.
Towards the end of the interview, Vlad Tenev, Chief Executive Officer of Robinhood, joined to talk about the GameStop saga, to which Musk responded: “Did something shady go down here?”
He was more interested in cryptocurrency.
“I’m late to the party but I’m a supporter of Bitcoin,” he noted before turning his attention to Dogecoin, which had its own surge over the past week.
“Arguably the most entertaining outcome, the most ironic outcome would be that Dogecoin becomes the currency of Earth of the future,” he joked.
Crypto tracker CoinDesk noted a small drop off for Dogecoin’s price immediately after Musk’s comments.
You’ll find the above and so much more in the full interview:
When he said that he had “no idea” what Musk was “going to talk about”, I bet he didn’t see that coming.
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