Elon Musk Shows He’s Not as Smart as He Thinks He Is
October 4, 2022
Elon Musk may be smart, but he’s far from the smartest man in the world – at least not when it comes to Twitter, anyway. One of Musk’s latest tweets has landed him in hot water, and he’s not going to like this one bit. Musk’s tweet was directed at Vern Unsworth, one of the members of the team that recently rescued 12 boys and their coach from deep within Thailand’s cave system using what Musk called a tiny, kid-size submarine that he had crafted with his own hands.
Does a tweet constitute a binding contract?
Yes, it does. Twitter can be used to create binding contracts. It all boils down to the intent of the parties involved in creating the contract through social media. If there is a clear intent to do so, then there is a contract created and governed by the law of that state.
This an interesting case study on whether or not a tweet can be used to create a legally binding contract. Today, SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted that he would provide free services to rescue twelve young soccer players and their coach who had been stranded in Thailand after they went into a flooded Elon Musk cave.
His company was asked by officials to help come up with a solution since he was one of several private companies trying to assist in bringing them out of the underground. A Twitter user named Vera Sanchez, who is listed as being from Thailand responded that she wanted him to use his Boring Company Tunneling Machine and his team to go get them, so they could get rescued faster.
What should Tesla be held liable for?
Tesla should be held liable for neglecting to provide clear instructions on how to use the Tesla autopilot feature, leading to death. The driver of the Tesla was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer that was turning across his lane.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation into the crash revealed that, according to witnesses, the Tesla driver showed no signs of attention or awareness immediately before the crash and that he was looking down at something in his lap for an extended period before impact.
One witness said that they had been behind the Tesla and noticed it traveling at speeds upwards of 80 mph while in autopilot mode and adjusting its trajectory when vehicles made turns ahead of it. A video released by NHTSA shows footage from inside the car.
No Honor Amongst Thieves (Corporations)
We live in a world where being able to buy and sell anything on the internet is just a few clicks away. And, it seems every day there is some new story about an online company selling something illegal. It could be people selling illegal drugs on the darknet, but then again, how many of you knew (or cared) that there are sites out there that will sell you guns without even asking for identification?
The point is, just because Elon Musk says something doesn’t make it true. And while I would never advocate anyone breaking the law or doing anything they don’t want to do, I think we need to take a step back and ask ourselves if Elon Musk should be trusted with anything he says.
Let me start by saying that it is not my intention here to tell you who or what to believe in. My intentions are purely towards Mr. Musk and his seeming inability to understand how any of our worlds work. As an automotive writer, I am just asking people to take a step back and consider that maybe he isn’t as smart or wise as we think he is. Because there is a lot of history here (both online and in real life) that shows us that Elon’s judgment can sometimes be lacking at best,
and malicious at worst. And if his judgment isn’t up to snuff, should we trust him when he suggests ideas like To never buying anything from anyone unless you know them?
A Cautionary Tale For Startups
In his pursuit of innovation, Elon Musk has been hailed as one of the most innovative and influential leaders of our generation. However, sometimes even the brightest minds can make mistakes. And it seems that Elon missed an important step in thinking through how to communicate his idea for a new form of transportation – he put it on Twitter and tweeted The Boring Company flamethrower.
The result? Lots of people complained and many, many others mocked him. The lesson learned here is that when you’re trying to innovate in a space that already has tight regulations, you need to think things through before you share them publicly-and this is especially true when it comes to something like marketing your product or service.
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