Elon Musk, What's up with that dude?

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  1. Double Nought Spy

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    Elon and Zawi, comedy team.

    It's always a bad idea to post anything on the intewebz while drunk or stoned. You might lose friends, spark an international incident, one of your companies might lose a few billion in value.
     
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    I don't know what you're referring to?...

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  5. wwkirk

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    Oh, sorry. Your last post isn't a tweet.

    Remember we discussed the fact that when you post tweets they usually are gigantic on the screen?
     
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  6. nivek

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    Yeah lol, it's my tablet doing it, I noticed it displays images sometimes larger than they should be as well, thanks for reminding me, I need to check the settings in its Android system...

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    I would own a Tesla car if I could afford one...

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    Tesla Model 3 Bucks Trend of Electric Vehicles Depreciating Rapidly
    • On average, your average new sedan depreciates 39 percent in its first three years. Trucks go down 34 percent. But electric vehicles drop an astonishing 52 percent, according to iSeeCars, which evaluated values of cars coming off lease.
    • The outlier is the Tesla Model 3—both compared to other EVs and the market as a whole—which iSeeCars estimates is worth only 10 percent less coming off lease after three years than when it was new.
    • Tesla's technological advantages—real and perceived—are a big reason the 3 keeps so much of its value. They help keep the Model S and X above average as well.
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    Elon Musk: 'seeking aliens is a waste of time'

    Elon Musk and his company SpaceX are currently working towards sending people to Mars in the next few years. So, it’s no surprise that galaxy colonization and aliens became the topic of conversation between Musk and Joe Rogan during a recent podcast episode.

    As it turns out, Musk thinks searching for aliens is kind of a waste of time. Why? Well, based on his work in space, he believes he would already know if other lifeforms are out there.

    Aliens and UFOs have been topics of conversation for a long time. Last year, Post Malone revealed that he started seeing UFOs when he was just 16. Machine Gun Kelly also recently encountered a UFO that he claims made him a forever believer. Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato are a few of the other artists to share their experiences with otherworldly lifeforms over the past year.

    As well, we can’t forget about Tom DeLonge and his work with To The Stars Academy. Late last year, he got candid about his beliefs and explained why he thinks UFOs were really at the birth of Jesus Christ. His work uncovering UFO sightings has even inspired him to write and direct a new sci-fi film.

    Now, “Space Karen” himself Elon Musk is weighing in on the aliens debate. During a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, Musk talked a lot about SpaceX’s mission to Mars. However, when Rogan asked Musk about aliens, the Tesla CEO seemed rather skeptical.

    As it turns out, Musk believes if aliens wanted humans to know about them, they would.

    “Honestly, I think I would know if there were aliens,” he says. “I mean, if they wanted us to know [about them], they could just show up and walk down main street like ‘hey, I’m an alien check me out,'” he says. “‘Here’s my spaceship, I just landed in the middle of Time Square.’ [Then] we’d be like, ‘Okay, we believe you.’ They are very subtle, these aliens.”

    Rogan goes on to ask Musk if he ever thinks about UFOs during his work with SpaceX. However, it looks like aliens don’t take up much space in his brain. “Zero,” he says. “If they show up, I’m like, ‘Great, this is new information’ like, ‘Where were you guys up until now?’ If I see some evidence for aliens, I’ll be the first [to be like] ‘ahh aliens.'”

    Rogan then asks if Musk thinks seeking out aliens is a waste of time to which he replied with “yeah.” Musk continues to be skeptical about aliens, going on to say that SpaceX have yet to find any proof of other lifeforms outside of Earth.

    “If there are aliens, they are just very subtle,” he says skeptically. “They’re being pretty shy. So, as far as we can tell there’s none nor are we seeing signals from any other solar system.”

    Along with preparing to go to Mars, Musk and Neuralink are developing brain chips that can stream music among other things. Musk recently revealed that Neuralink plans to implant these brain chips into actual humans as part of a new trial sometime this year. Unsurprisingly, both Grimes and Lil Uzi Vert have already expressed their desires to get the brain chip implants.



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  10. nivek

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    Elon Musk set up a COVID-19 antibody study at SpaceX and got 4,300 employees to take part, according to reports

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    Elon Musk's space exploration company SpaceX has been using its employees to run a COVID-19 antibody study, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

    The results of the study were made public in a peer-reviewed paper published in Nature Communications, which lists Elon Musk as a co-author.

    According to the study, SpaceX sent an email round to staff asking for volunteers to participate in a regular antibody study to study COVID-19. After that email was sent, 4,300 SpaceX employees signed up to give monthly blood samples so they could be tested for antibodies.

    According to the Journal, Musk and SpaceX's top medical executive Anil Menon worked to bring on various doctors and academics to design the study.

    The published study includes data spanning from April - when the testing started - and June, although regular testing is still ongoing according to the Journal.

    The study provides more information in the ongoing efforts to understand how COVID-19 works, and whether a certain number of antibodies could provide a level of immunity.


    The study's findings suggest that people who had only mild COVID-19 symptoms developed fewer antibodies, which might mean they are less likely to have long-term immunity and could therefore get reinfected.

    Researchers still working on the study told the Journal they have already observed some instances of reinfection in workers who previously were found to have low numbers of antibodies.

    "People can have antibodies, but it doesn't mean they are going to be immune," Dr. Galit Alter, one of the study's co-authors and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, told the Journal. "The good news is most of the vaccines induce [antibody] levels way higher than these levels," Dr. Alter added.


    Dr. Alter also told the Journal Elon Musk took a personal interest in the research and had the study's authors brief himself and SpaceX executives on how vaccines and antibodies work.

    SpaceX was able to repurpose medical facilities it had already set up before the pandemic, and recruited interns from nearby hospitals to help draw the volunteers' blood. Out of 4,300 volunteers 120 who tested positive for COVID-19 had their blood carefully examined to see how many antibodies they'd produced. Out of this 120, 61% reported no symptoms.

    Out of that 120-strong sample 92% were male and the median age was 31. The larger sample was 84.3% male with a median age of 32 - although the age range spanned from 18 to 71.

    Elon Musk himself said he'd tested positive for coronavirus in November last year, and in the early months of the pandemic the billionaire repeatedly vented his frustration at lockdown measures calling them "fascist." At one point he defied a shelter-in-place order to open his Tesla factory in Alameda County, California, - after which several employees tested positive for coronavirus.


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  11. wwkirk

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    Elon Musk is skeptical about alien visitation.
     
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    Elon Musk May Be Attracting Extraterrestrials to Earth

    Imagine you’re a member of an intelligent species on a planet orbiting a star near that one with what appear to be eight or nine exoplanets spinning around it, including one with rings and a pretty blue one. Imagine looking at the pretty blue one using one of your strongest telescopes and seeing something, perhaps a structure, that looks like it was made by intelligence beings. You ask a friend to look at it and tell you what he thinks it is. He looks, then looks at you and says:

    “I’m not saying it’s Elon Musk … but it’s Elon Musk.”

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    That’s the essence of a new paper accepted for publication in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society which proposes that the Starlink satellite network launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX private space company that is slowly surround the Earth is building a “techno-signature” that can be seen by extraterrestrials – and could lead them here. Are you excited … or terrified? What do the ETs think?

    “Last year on May 24 the SpaceX launched the first set of 60 Starlink satellites and up to now the total number is approximately 400 aiming to reach at least 12000 (McDowell 2020) at the end of a decade program announced by Elon Musk. Such a huge number of satellites, distributed over almost the whole surface of the Earth might be considered as the first prototype of a possible megastructure around the Earth, which in principal, might be visible from the cosmos.”

    Zaza Osmanov, a professor in astrophysics at the Free University of Tbilisi, Georgia, was intrigued by the discovery of the Tabby’s star (KIC 8462852) 1,470 light-years away whose dimming was attributed by some to the possibility of a Dyson sphere structure surrounding it. While that was too far away to be seen with any known Earth telescope, Osmanov proposes that the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile and China’s FAST radio telescope could detect it around a star up to 260 light years away – or ETs could detect one around our Sun. Moreover, if they can detect a Dyson sphere, they can detect a thick network of satellites surrounding a planet in a similar manner. He estimates that it would take about 800 years for SpaceX’s Starlink constellation alone to show-up in any ET searches.


    “Extrapolating the idea of SpaceX’s Starlink constellation we assume that an alien society with index K = 0.7 (our civilization) will reach Type-I in 1000 years, which is enough to build a planetary megastructure for collecting the required material.”

    The big ‘If’ at the end of a lot of detailed scientific explanation in the paper is “Type-I civilization,” which, according to a review of the paper in Forbes, is a planetary civilization which can harness all the energy that falls on a planet from its parent star. We Earthlings are currently rated as a “type 0.7” civilization and Osmanov estimates we won’t reach Type-I for about 1,000 years based on our energy usage increasing at 1% per year. However, another intelligent civilization with a head start on us could have a telescope that could detect a satellite-based infrastructure like the Starlink network surrounding Earth – a “techno-signature” – and assume the same thing many astronomers did when presented with Tabby’s star’s dimming … it’s a sign there’s intelligent life on the blue ball. And, if they can see that, maybe they’ve picked up television transmissions announcing (or complaining about) the satellite network, figure out who build it, and plan to pay that truly ‘intelligent’ being a visit. Because, as one ET may have said to the other:

    “I’m not saying it’s Elon Musk … but it’s Elon Musk.”

    Are you excited … or terrified?


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    Elon Musk’s firm ‘has the technology’ to build a real Jurassic Park

    A firm owned by Elon Musk has the technology to build a real-life version of Jurassic Park, its co-founder has said.

    Neuralink co-founder Max Hodak boasted about the company’s capabilities, although conceded the dinosaurs wouldn’t be “genetically authentic”. He tweeted on Tuesday: “We could probably build jurassic park if we wanted to.

    “Wouldn’t be genetically authentic dinosaurs but...” (and then a shrug emoji). “Maybe 15 years of breeding and engineering to get super exotic novel species.”

    In the film and novel Jurassic Park, genetically-resurrected dinosaurs break free from their confinement and begin hunting humans and generally causing chaos. Whether this particular plot point would be included in Hodak’s vision is not clear... Though we would hope not.

    In a follow-up post he added: “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?”



    However, people were quick to dampen his spirits and point out ways in which the idea would fail to work. One fellow Twitter user asked if he hadn’t learned anything from disaster movies:




    Neuralink is a startup which is working on an implant that would build a digital link between brains and computers to monitor brain activity.

    As far as we know, it has no intention to diversify into the complicated field of resurrecting dinosaurs, though we would be interested to see how doing so would affect the company’s stock prices.

    Meanwhile, it is not the first time Hodak has attracted bemusement for his bizarre Twitter feed. Last month, he suggested there could be a new religion facilitated by entheogens - in other words psychoactive substances like LSD.

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    A copy of this post is also in the Planet of the Apes thread, it's relevant there as wellies here lol...

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    Watch a monkey equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink device play Pong with its brain

    Elon Musk's Neuralink, one of his many companies and the only one currently focused on mind control (that we're aware of), has released a new blog post and video detailing some of its recent updates — including using its hardware to make it possible for a monkey to play Pong with only its brain.

    In the video above, Neuralink demonstrates how it used its sensor hardware and brain implant to record a baseline of activity from this macaque (named "Pager") as it played a game on-screen where it had to move a token to different squares using a joystick with its hand. Using that baseline data, Neuralink was able to use machine learning to anticipate where Pager was going to be moving the physical controller, and was eventually able to predict it accurately before the move was actually made.

    Researchers then removed the paddle entirely, and eventually did the same thing with Pong, ultimately ending up at a place where Pager no longer was even moving its hand on the air on the nonexistent paddle, and was instead controlling the in-game action entirely with its mind via the Link hardware and embedded neural threads.

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