Elon Musk said what?

❝ In many ways, Tesla — Elon Musk’s lightning rod of a car company — is the perfect allegory for modern Silicon Valley. The ongoing psychodrama of personalities drowns out the amazing technical achievements that are happening all around us…

As usual, this has been a real “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” kind of week for Tesla. It had a disastrous earnings report card, and Elon keeps creating all the wrong sorts of headlines. But in the middle of this maelstrom, the company announced a new chip that is going to eventually become the brain for their electric car. This chip is not just any chip — it will be able to make sense of a growing number of sensors that allow the car to become better and better at assisted (if not fully automated) driving…

❝ Tesla’s module is based on two AI chips — each one made of a CPU, a GPU, and deep learning accelerators. The module can deliver 144-trillion operations per second, making it capable of processing data from numerous sensors and other sources and running deep neural network algorithms. Ian Riches, an analyst with Strategy Analytics, told EE Times that this is “effectively the most powerful computer yet fitted to a production vehicle.” And Tesla is going to make a next-generation module that will be more powerful and will consume a lot less power.

As usual, Om Malik provides more depth, analysis and understanding than most of his peers. Please, RTFA, gather in another chunk of insight into Elon Musk’s apparently endless journey to reinvent the automobile along with any other software and hardware he bumps into in his young life.

42 thoughts on “Elon Musk said what?

  1. Baboso says:

    (Fox News): Elon Musk says Biden treats Americans ‘like fools’ after president meets with GM, Ford execs on electric cars : It’s not the first time that Musk has taken shots at Biden. https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/elon-musk-biden-americans-fools-gm-ford-electric-cars
    “Biden Is A Damp Sock Puppet In Human Form”: Elon Musk Reacts To Post
    Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, apparently was miffed after the US President excluded the name of the electric vehicle manufacturer in a Twitter post where he said, “Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before.” (NDTV India) https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/joe-biden-is-treating-americans-like-fools-tesla-ceo-elon-musk-2734358
    Musk says ‘Canadian truckers rule’ ahead of drivers’ protest over COVID-19 vaccine mandate (The Hill) https://thehill.com/policy/technology/591746-musk-says-canadian-truckers-rule-ahead-of-drivers-protest-over-covid-19 Musk’s dislike of vaccine mandates and other COVID restrictions is well documented. He told Time Magazine that while he and his eligible children are vaccinated, state-imposed requirements to get a jab represent an “erosion of freedom.” https://fortune.com/2022/01/27/elon-musk-twitter-freedom-convoy-canadian-truckers-rule-covid-vaccine/

  2. 3cardMonte says:

    A Twitter shareholder on Tuesday filed a securities fraud lawsuit against Elon Musk, alleging that the billionaire Tesla CEO’s late disclosure of his stake in Twitter cost shareholders money and saved Musk around $143 million.
    Marc Bain Rasella filed the suit and seeks to represent all investors who sold Twitter stock between March 24 and April 1. He argues that because Musk waited days to declare his purchase of Twitter stock, he depressed the share price and ripped off others who sold Twitter stock.
    Under securities laws, Musk was supposed to alert the Securities and Exchange Commission within 10 days after purchasing 5% or more of Twitter’s stock.
    But Musk did not file his SEC paperwork until April 4, or 11 days after he was supposed to, and by that point, Musk had amassed a more than 9% stake in the social media company.
    Musk did not return a request for comment. https://www.npr.org/2022/04/12/1092453756/elon-musk-saved-143-million-by-reporting-twitter-stake-late-shareholder-suit-cla

  3. Janky says:

    Elon Musk on Wednesday offered to personally acquire Twitter in an all-cash deal valued at $43 billion. Musk laid out the terms of the proposal in a letter to Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor that was reproduced in an SEC filing.
    Twitter confirmed receipt of the offer in a Thursday morning press release. “The Twitter Board of Directors will carefully review the proposal to determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interest of the Company and all Twitter stockholders,” the company wrote. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/04/elon-musk-offers-to-buy-100-of-twitter-for-43-billion/
    Musk is the world’s wealthiest person, with a net worth around $270 billion, according to Forbes. He is offering to buy Twitter shares in cash, but the SEC filing notes that the deal is contingent on “completion of anticipated financing,” suggesting that he could borrow against his shares in Tesla or SpaceX in order to finance the deal.

    • Hokey-Pokey says:

      Twitter’s board of directors has adopted a limited-term shareholder rights plan called a “poison pill” that could make it harder for Elon Musk to acquire the company.
      The “poison pill” provision, announced in a press release Friday, preserves the right for Twitter shareholders other than Musk to acquire more shares of the company at a relatively inexpensive price, effectively diluting Musk’s stake. The provision will be triggered if Musk (or any other investor) acquires more than 15% of the company’s shares. Musk currently owns around 9% of Twitter’s shares.
      The move marks an effort by Twitter’s board to wrest back some control in the deal after Musk’s stunning acquisition offer. The poison pill — a corporate anti-takeover defense mechanism — won’t necessarily stop Musk’s bid in its tracks, but it could make buying the company more expensive or force Musk to the negotiating table with the board. https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/15/tech/twitter-elon-musk-poison-pill/index.html

      • John Galt says:

        ‘Crazy Elon’ Musk making major push in Twitter bid — but now he’s facing federal heat https://nypost.com/2022/04/16/elon-is-crazy-like-a-musk-but-hes-facing-federal-heat/
        “…but he (Elon Musk) keeps taking on the woke corporate status quo (and the SEC, which he called “bastards” last week), something that I understand has riled up Dems who at least for now control Congress and thus the various federal regulatory agencies.
        Are they looking to derail Elon from owning maybe the most important social-media platform on the planet? Are they afraid he might reinstate Donald Trump on Twitter, the politician the left hates even more than Vladimir Putin? Are they worried conservative voices might get equal billing as those on the left with Elon running the show?
        You know the answers to those questions, so you shouldn’t be surprised Crazy Elon is in the crosshairs.”

  4. Novichok says:

    In a tweet last night, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO pointed to a media statement from Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin. The statement, which has been picked up by the Russian media, accuses Musk of providing SpaceX’s Starlink internet equipment to the Azov Special Operations Detachment, a part of the Ukrainian military that’s been credibly linked to neo-Nazi movements — an ugly situation that Russia has cited as part of its justification for it widely-condemned invasion of its neighbor.
    In the statement, Rogozin broadsided Musk for “supplying the fascist forces in Ukraine with military communication equipment” and demanded that he “answer in an adult way” in spite of his desire to “play the fool.”
    In a followup tweet, Musk said in a probable joke that if he dies “under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin ya.” https://futurism.com/the-byte/musk-rogozin-threat

  5. Monetizable user says:

    Elon Musk said he’s putting his $44 billion takeover of Twitter “temporarily on hold,” saying that he wants more details about how many of the social platform’s accounts are bogus or spam.
    The Tesla and SpaceX mogul said he needs to make sure the fake accounts “do indeed represent less than 5%” of Twitter’s users, as the company has estimated.
    Musk tweeted about putting the massive deal on hold early Friday, sharing a recent Reuters news story about the takeover. He later added a reply stating, “Still committed to acquisition.” https://www.npr.org/2022/05/13/1098741154/elon-musk-twitter-deal-hold-pause
    The question of fake Twitter accounts has to do with how the company tracks the number of “monetizable daily active usage or users” — essentially, the accounts it shows ads to, when people or organizations access Twitter on any given day.

  6. eideard says:

    Twitter board says it will ‘enforce the merger agreement’ despite Elon Musk’s latest move (5/18/22) https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/17/tech/twitter-board-elon-musk-reliable-sources/index.html
    “Elon Musk has lost $49 billion since first offering to buy Twitter for $44 billion” https://fortune.com/2022/05/19/elon-musk-net-worth-fall-49-billion-since-offering-to-buy-twitter/
    “…The fall in Tesla stock came alongside a wider market tumble, which saw the S&P 500 drop 4% over the course of the day. But the electric vehicle maker also faced its own unique headwind Wednesday, as it was excluded from the S&P sustainability ESG index due in part to claims of racial discrimination and poor working conditions at Tesla’s California factory.
    Musk took to Twitter saying “ESG is a scam,” adding that S&P had “lost their credibility” and he would be switching his political support from Democrat to Republican.”
    Elon Musk@elonmusk 12:44 PM · May 18, 2022
    “In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party.
    But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.
    Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold …”
    (Fox News): “The Tesla CEO provided some insight into the reasoning for his political switch, claiming that Democrats aren’t necessarily controlled by the people but by special interests.
    “The issue here is that the Democrat Party is overly controlled by the unions and by the trial lawyers – particularly the class action lawyers,” he explained.” https://www.foxnews.com/media/elon-musk-lights-twitter-announcement-hell-vote-republican-next-election

  7. Bait&Switch says:

    Lawsuit: Musk manipulated Twitter stock price in attempt to renegotiate sale : Investor alleges Musk posted false tweets in scheme to kill deal or renegotiate price. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/05/lawsuit-musk-manipulated-twitter-stock-price-in-attempt-to-renegotiate-sale/
    The lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Musk and Twitter in US District Court for the Northern District of California. It recounts much of Musk’s behavior since he began investing in Twitter and since he agreed to buy the company for $44 billion. https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.cand.396026/gov.uscourts.cand.396026.1.0.pdf

  8. 3cardMonte says:

    “Musk seeks a way out, claims Twitter violated deal by not providing spam data
    Musk waived due diligence but claims he can kill deal if he doesn’t get user data.” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/06/in-letter-to-twitter-musk-threatens-to-kill-merger-deal-over-spam-data/
    “Musk’s Financing Hunt Mothballed After His Threats to Kill Twitter Deal: Report” https://www.thedailybeast.com/elon-musks-financing-hunt-gets-mothballed-after-tesla-chiefs-threats-to-kill-dollar44b-twitter-deal-report
    “Texas AG enters Musk/Twitter fight by ordering Twitter to provide spam data
    Paxton demands the spam data that Musk hasn’t been able to get from Twitter.” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/06/texas-ag-enters-musk-twitter-fight-by-ordering-twitter-to-provide-spam-data/

    • Bob Bobbin says:

      Twitter now plans to comply with Elon Musk’s demand for user data that he says is needed to determine whether the company’s spam estimates are accurate, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
      “After a weeks-long impasse, Twitter’s board plans to comply with Elon Musk’s demands for internal data by offering access to its full ‘firehose,’ the massive stream of data comprising more than 500 million tweets posted each day, according to a person familiar with the company’s thinking, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the state of negotiations,” the Post wrote. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/06/twitter-reportedly-will-give-musk-the-full-firehose-of-user-data-he-demanded/

      • Tweetie Pie says:

        Twitter Q1-2019 Slide Presentation: “…We define monetizable daily active usage or users (mDAU) as Twitter users who logged in or were otherwise authenticated and accessed Twitter on any given day through Twitter.com or Twitter applications that are able to show ads. Average mDAU for a period represents the number of monetizable DAU on each day of such period divided by the number of days for such period. Changes in mDAU are a measure of changes in the size of our daily logged in or otherwise authenticated active user base. To calculate the year-over-year change in mDAU, we subtract the average mDAU for the three months ended in the previous year from the average mDAU for the same three months ended in the current year and divide the result by the average mDAU in the previous year. Additionally, our calculation of mDAU is not based on any standardized industry methodology and is not necessarily calculated in the same manner or comparable to similarly-titled measures presented by other companies. mDAU are calculated in the same manner as DAU used in calculations for Change in DAU presented in previous periods.” http://q4live.s22.clientfiles.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/826641620/files/doc_financials/2019/q1/Q1-2019-Slide-Presentation.pdf

  9. Big shot says:

    Musk tells Twitter he wants out of deal to buy it. Twitter says it will force him to close the sale https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/08/tech/elon-musk-twitter-deal-exit/index.html

    Elon Musk @elonmusk 8:04 AM · Jul 7, 2022: “Doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis.
    A collapsing birth rate is the biggest danger civilization faces by far.”
    [The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, has been fruitful and has multiplied.
    The tech icon has 10 children with three women — including twins born last year]. https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/elon-musk-tesla-ceos-girlfriends-ex-wives-children

  10. Musty says:

    ● In an early victory for Twitter, a judge on Tuesday ruled that the company’s lawsuit against Elon Musk over their $44 billion acquisition agreement should go to a five-day trial in October. https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/19/tech/twitter-elon-musk-lawsuit-first-hearing/index.html
    ● Despite being a staunch advocate of cryptocurrencies, Musk has sold Tesla’s Bitcoin in the face of falling prices. Their initial investment in 2021, 1.5 billion dollars, has yielded just 936 million dollars according to data provided by the BBC. https://www.marca.com/en/technology/2022/07/21/62d93023ca474175088b457a.html
    ● During Tesla’s second-quarter earnings call Wednesday, CEO Elon Musk offered an update on several products, including when the oft-delayed Cybertruck pickup will go on sale.
    “Our team continues to focus on Cybertruck production readiness and some future platform design,” Musk said on the call.
    “We are expecting to be, still expecting to be in production with the Cybertruck in the middle of next year. And we’re very, very excited about that product. I think it might actually be our best product ever.” https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/tesla-cybertruck-sale-elon-musk
    ● Cheap shot: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FYDBP_pUUAAKQaC?format=jpg&name=large

  11. Tweetie Pie says:

    Twitter yesterday slammed Elon Musk’s response to the company’s lawsuit in a 127-page filing in the Delaware Court of Chancery that says Musk’s claims are “contradicted by the evidence and common sense.” Twitter’s court filing also said Musk’s spam analysis relied on a tool that once called his own Twitter account a likely bot.
    “According to Musk, he—the billionaire founder of multiple companies, advised by Wall Street bankers and lawyers—was hoodwinked by Twitter into signing a $44 billion merger agreement,” Twitter wrote. “This story is as implausible and contrary to fact as it sounds. And it is just that—a story, imagined in an effort to escape a merger agreement that Musk no longer found attractive once the stock market—and along with it, his massive personal wealth—declined in value.” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/08/twitter-says-musks-spam-analysis-used-tool-that-called-his-own-account-a-bot/
    Twitter subpoenas emails, texts from Tesla bigwigs and Musk’s BFFs
    Because Musk purchased Twitter as an individual, his friends are “fair game.” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/08/twitter-subpoenas-emails-texts-from-tesla-bigwigs-and-musks-bffs/

  12. Ante up says:

    “Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk sold $6.9bn worth of shares in the electric vehicle maker, tweeting it was important to avoid an emergency sale of Tesla stock amid a legal showdown with Twitter Inc over a $44bn takeover deal.
    Musk sold about 7.92 million shares on August 5, according to a series of regulatory filings that landed after US markets closed on Tuesday. He now owns 155.04 million shares in Tesla.” https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/8/10/with-tesla-stock-sale-musk-cashes-up-for-twitter

    If 7.92 million shares of Tesla were worth $6.9 billion, what would the value of 155.04 million shares be?

  13. Technoking says:

    (September 30, 2022): “Yesterday, the world got a look inside Elon Musk’s phone. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO is currently in litigation with Twitter and trying to back out of his deal to buy the platform and take it private. As part of the discovery process related to this lawsuit, Delaware’s Court of Chancery released hundreds of text messages and emails sent to and from Musk. The 151-page redacted document is a remarkable, voyeuristic record of a few months in the life of the world’s richest (and most overexposed) man and a rare unvarnished glimpse into the overlapping worlds of Silicon Valley, media, and politics. The texts are juicy, but not because they are lurid, particularly offensive, or offer up some scandalous Muskian master plan—quite the opposite. What is so illuminating about the Musk messages is just how unimpressive, unimaginative, and sycophantic the powerful men in Musk’s contacts appear to be. Whoever said there are no bad ideas in brainstorming never had access to Elon Musk’s phone.” (The Atlantic) https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2022/09/elon-musk-texts-twitter-trial-jack-dorsey/671619/
    Includes link to “Elon Musk, Baloney King : The world’s richest man has invented a new way to disregard the truth.” (Atlantic 4/14/22)

  14. WTF says:

    “Elon Musk Slammed For Russia-Friendly Proposal To End War In Ukraine” (Forbes) https://www.forbes.com/sites/dereksaul/2022/10/03/elon-musk-slammed-for-russia-friendly-proposal-to-end-war-in-ukraine/?sh=5b957c077aac

    Musk’s controversial foreign policy proposal came as Tesla shares cratered 9% in Monday trading, hitting a three-month low as the market reacted poorly to third quarter vehicle deliveries falling short of estimates.
    Forbes estimates Musk to be worth $232 billion, about $90 billion more than the next largest fortune. Musk’s net worth fell $15 billion Monday due to Tesla’s stock performance.

  15. Bait&Switch says:

    SpaceX is calling for the Pentagon to increase the amount it pays for critical internet service in Ukraine provided by the company’s Starlink service or risk losing it, CNN reported on Friday, with CEO Elon Musk suggesting the move is related to the rejection of his proposed peace plan. https://thehill.com/policy/international/3688156-spacex-threatens-to-pull-starlink-services-in-ukraine-if-pentagon-doesnt-shoulder-the-cost-report/
    The potential loss of Starlink services in Ukraine is likely to have a detrimental effect on Ukrainian armed forces’ counteroffensive against Russia’s occupation and war in the country, with the Ukrainian military crediting the reliable, lightweight and mobile internet terminals as critical to military and civilian communication.
    Musk has denied claims that he spoke with Putin before tweeting about his peace plan, which included recognizing Crimea as part of Russia, codifying Ukraine as neutral and redoing elections in Ukrainian territory claimed by Russia — claims rejected by the majority of the international community.

  16. Theremin says:

    ‘Which is worse: the concept that Elon Musk thought his now-ex and acclaimed musician Claire “Grimes” Boucher was a simulation of his “perfect companion” — or that she agreed with him?
    That sci-fi-inspired question is at the heart of one of the weirder anecdotes from a recent episode of the BBC’s docuseries about the world’s richest man titled “The Elon Musk Show.” https://futurism.com/the-byte/elon-musk-grimes-simulation

  17. Mollusk says:

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -Elon Musk has taken ownership of Twitter Inc with brutal efficiency, firing top executives but providing little clarity over how he will achieve the ambitions he has outlined for the influential social media platform.
    “The bird is freed,” he tweeted after he completed his $44 billion acquisition on Thursday, referencing Twitter’s bird logo in an apparent nod to his desire to see the company have fewer limits on content that can be posted.

  18. Going under says:

    Nov 18 (Reuters) – Elon Musk started a Twitter poll late on Friday asking followers to vote on whether to reinstate former U.S. President Donald Trump’s account on the platform, with early results showing roughly 60% voting yes.
    “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, a Latin phrase that roughly means meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God.” The poll was open for 24 hours.
    Musk, Twitter’s new owner, said in May he would reverse Twitter’s ban on Trump, whose account was suspended after last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.
    https://www.reuters.com/technology/elon-musk-asks-twitter-software-engineers-report-office-email-2022-11-18/
    In an apparent response to the chaos that has marked Musk’s first three weeks as Twitter’s owner Moody’s Investor’s Service has withdrawn its B1 credit rating for Twitter, saying it had insufficient information to maintain the rating.

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