SpaceX and Tesla founder and the unofficial king of Twitter Elon Musk kicks up a storm every time he logs onto the microblogging portal. As Tesla solidified its position as an industry leader, Musk emerged as a tech mogul who was willing to take radical risks to improve human life. With SpaceX’s Starlink tech, Musk hopes to bring internet connectivity to remote regions on Earth via a constellation of satellites.
Even with his ambitious plans, Musk has been called a spoiled millionaire who wants to colonise Mars, a claim he himself made. In fact, Elon Musk believes the future of humanity isn’t the preservation of Earth, but colonisation of other habitable planets. Shocked already?
This is just one many unusual claims made by the space-tech-guru who has single-handedly disrupted the space industry. Here’s a list of the top 10 absurd claims by Elon Musk:
1. Video games are reality
During a Vox Media Code Conference, Elon Musk claimed that human beings potentially exist in a video game. He added how video games would become indistinguishable from reality at some point in the future. Watch the roughly an hour-and-a-half long interview below. “It would seem to follow that the odds that we’re in base reality is one in billions”, he added.
2. The colonisation of Mars
The space enthusiast has claimed that humanity could be saved by colonising other planets that offer the same characteristics as our Earth. But he went a step further by offering a conceptual framework for how Earth’s neighbour Mars would be colonised. Read below
3. “I used to be an alien”
Elon Musk’s ambitious and sometimes far-fetched plans for space exploration are dubbed as either crazy or genius – there is no middle ground. And conspiracy theorists on social media have questioned whether Musk is actually an alien. In 2016, he dispelled all such claims. Read his Tweet below:
And, no, I'm not an alien…but I used to be one
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 12, 2016
He followed up on the same just last week. Check it out below:
— Tesla Owners of Silicon Valley (@teslaownersSV) August 27, 2021
4. Tesla’s fake bankruptcy
In 2018, Elon Musk created an elaborate thread proclaiming that his company Tesla had gone bankrupt. Later, it turned out to be an April Fools Day prank. But naturally, investors were not happy with his lack of seriousness. But does Musk have any care in the world?
Check out his very convincing thread below:
Tesla Goes Bankrupt
Palo Alto, California, April 1, 2018 — Despite intense efforts to raise money, including a last-ditch mass sale of Easter Eggs, we are sad to report that Tesla has gone completely and totally bankrupt. So bankrupt, you can't believe it.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 1, 2018
5. Artificial Intelligence, the dictator?
Yikes, we know! Artificial intelligence is evolving slowly but surely, with software laden systems capable of a lot more than basic laptop tasks becoming smarter. AI algorithms are helping doctors, scientists, and teachers. But Musk once suggest AI could become a permanent dictator of humans.
“If one company or small group of people manage to develop god-like super intelligence, they could take over the world,” Musk said in a documentary which you can watch here.
6. Building a cyborg dragon
For reasons we don’t understand yet, Elon Musk loves to troll his followers on Twitter. Case in point? That one time he randomly announced that he was building a cyborg dragon. We just hope that he wasn’t referring to the recently announced TeslaBot.
Oh btw I’m building a cyborg dragon
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2018
7. “Ford looks like a morgue”
While discussing the production capabilities of Tesla in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Elon Musk casually name-dropped the carmaker Ford. He said he was getting “good vibes” about Tesla’s delivery while calling the atmosphere at Ford “like a morgue”.
“I think there’s a good vibe—I think the energy is good; go to Ford, it looks like a morgue.”
Elon Musk, in an exclusive interview, and on his third day sleeping in the factory, was upbeat in “production hell” but concedes to mistakes. https://t.co/JA9ADfBX3D
— Scott Austin (@ScottMAustin) June 28, 2018
“I think there’s a good vibe – I think the energy is good; go to Ford, it looks like a morgue,” Musk had told WSJ.
Not much later, Elon Musk also received a response from Ford. Check it out below:
No doubt the vibe is funky in that “makeshift tent,” but it’s not bad either across the street at the #FordRouge plant where a high quality, high-tech F-150 rolls off the line every 53 seconds like clockwork. Come check it out @elonmusk #BuiltFordTough https://t.co/1KoEZIyf0D
— Mark Truby (@mtruby) June 28, 2018
8. A joke gone horribly wrong
“Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured”, Musk wrote on Twitter. Not much later, SEC filed a lawsuit against Musk. The consequences were dire: Musk ended up paying $20 million to SEC and was forced to step down from Tesla’s board of directors for three years.
Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2018
9. People should have more sex to populate Earth
Erm, yes! We know what you’re thinking. When climate change and erratic weather patterns are becoming the norm, which sane person would urge others to partake in proactive procreation? Well, we present to you – Mr. Elon Musk! “I’m trying to set a good example! Population collapse is a much bigger problem than people realize and that’s just for Earth”, he wrote jokingly, we assume.
— Tesla Owners of the East Bay (@TeslaOwnersEBay) July 14, 2021
10. A jibe at Jeff Bezos
Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic as well as Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are directly competing with each other in what has been dubbed the billionaire space race. While Branson keeps low-key, Bezos and Musk are highly outspoken. Over the last few weeks, BlueOrigin has poked fun at Tesla’s design multiple times and has disputed NASA’s contract moon-lander contract with SpaceX, which has now been put on hold because of Bezos’ lawsuit
Musk wasn’t going to sit back and have it. He hit out at Bezos and claimed that Amazon founder’s full-time job was to file lawsuits against SpaceX. Read the Tweet below:
SpaceX responds to Amazon's request that the FCC dismiss the Starlink Gen2 amendment, calling it "a continuation of efforts by the Amazon family of companies to hinder competitors" and referencing Blue Origin's lawsuit against NASA:
— Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) September 1, 2021
Elon Musk is the absurdist-in-chief and unafraid of making unconventional claims. And we’re extremely sure there’s more to come from the chronic disruptor!