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  • Roman Krome

Elon Musk, a genius or an idiot?

Elon Musk is one of the most famous entrepreneurs of our time. Born in South Africa in 1971, he is known for his innovative companies and ambitious goals, which range from space travel to saving the world from climate change.  Musk’s first company, Zip2, was a web software company that provided business directories and maps to newspapers. He sold the company for $307 million in 1999 and went on to found, an online payment company. eventually became PayPal, which was sold to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002.  Musk then focused on space travel, founding SpaceX in 2002 with the goal of landing on Mars. SpaceX has achieved several significant goals, including launching the first privately funded spacecraft to orbit the Earth and successfully landing reusable rockets on a platform in the ocean.  In addition to SpaceX, Musk is also the CEO of Tesla, a company that produces electric cars, solar panels, and energy storage products. Tesla has changed the traditional automotive industry and has  accelerated the adoption of electric vehicles. These days, Musk is receiving a lot of complaints, regarding the build quality of his cars.  Musk’s other organisations include The Boring Company, which aims to reduce traffic congestion by building underground tunnels for transportation, and Neuralink, which is developing implantable brain-machine interfaces.  Musk is known for his unconventional approach to business and his willingness to take big risks.   He has also been outspoken about his concerns for the future of humanity. He has warned about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence and has advocated for a carbon tax to address climate change.  Musk’s accomplishments have earned him numerous awards, including being named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world multiple times. He has also inspired a generation of entrepreneurs and innovators who see him as a role model for what is possible with hard work, determination, and a willingness to take risks.  However, with his takeover of Twitter, Musk made a lot of mistakes and is widely criticized. He has encouraged far-right conspiracy theories, allowed the sharing of rightwing extremist ideas, allowed hate speech and constantly criticized Democrats, liberals and anyone he perceives as part of “the Left” and is on a mission against “wokeism”.  For democracy it’s problematic that tech oligarchs like Musk have so much power and influence. Musk never described himself as a “conservative” but he certainly thinks that everything is justified to defend “real America” against the “woke” invasion.  

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