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    I have to say I've got a significant problem with him claiming people are pedophiles when they point out his stupid submarine idea wasn't going to work to save those kids in a cave in Thailand, his continued insistence in the face of all evidence that covid was no big deal, and his continued pushes to sell cities on pie-in-the-sky ideas to fix traffic that never actually do anything and, even if they would, would only do it for people who pay out the nose for his cars. Oh, and the people who've died because he likes to do that "wink, wink" thing about Tesla autopilot.

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    Yes, people in urban development hate his expensive, unsustainable ideas for making public spaces more private and more isolating.
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    Rarely people like his ideas, not even his friends! They all begged him to not waste his money on EVs and rockets because there had been plenty of folks whoíve tried and failed. There were zero successes in the past and you wonít find investors supporting you... but he decided to move fwd with his own money anyway...

    So if even his friends hated his ideas, I can imagine his enemies probably hated him more.

    Nikolas Tesla probably amassed lots of enemies too and thatís why he ended up penniless...

    Actually Elon was nearly penniless multiple times with SpaceX and Tesla... Maybe heís just luckier?

    Oh regarding the pedophile comment... comíon, even if his submarine idea was completely stupid, one couldíve kindly refuse it or perhaps just not use it. Why did he need to insult Elon publicly?

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    He is an amazing mix of engineering and business skills. That doesnt happen that often.
    Its not like he is just some guy sitting in a board room, he gets involved in the ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazed_Insanity View Post
    Oh regarding the pedophile comment... com’on, even if his submarine idea was completely stupid, one could’ve kindly refuse it or perhaps just not use it. Why did he need to insult Elon publicly?
    Am I reading this incorrectly or are you misunderstanding that Musk accused someone else of being a pedophile because his feelings were hurt when the guy told him Musk's submarine idea was asinine? Nobody accused Musk of being a pedophile, Musk accused someone, publicly, sans evidence, of being a pedophile because he got his feelings hurt when someone pointed out that his stupid idea was, in fact, stupid.

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    When people get their feelings hurt, they can end up doing stupid things including calling names.

    My point is when somebody out of the kindness of their heart offer to help, we shouldnít insult their goodwill in the 1st place, no matter how stupid. A simple thanks, but no thanks wouldíve been the end of it. I donít think Musk was ready jam that submarine up somebodyís ass forcibly...

    If it was a simple thanks but no thanks and musk still call him a pedo, then Iíd agree with you. However, if I remember correctly, he insulted musk 1st. So musk naturally assumed that he prefer to hold on to the boys rather than use his tech to save them...

    Anyway, I just thought that incident was blown out of proportion and both sides were not very diplomatic.
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    Tom S - I understand and agree on your points.
    (I think Autopilot probably does some good as well as some harm, but I agree that over-selling it is irresponsible and unhelpful; Waymo are now avoiding the term 'self driving' mainly because Tesla have misused it to describe semi-automatic systems).

    I still think that Musk's net contribution to humanity is positive, despite all the dumb and selfish things he's done - I think the impact of the positive achievements is orders of magnitude greater than the bad. This isn't to excuse the bad things, he is and absolutely should be held accountable for breaking the rules. But I feel like simply seeing him as 'a bad guy' is to overlook positive contributions which are, in the long run, more significant.

    I also acknowledge that this point of view does depend critically on two factors; (a) whether you think that electric cars and space travel are positive things, and (b) the extent to which you believe that Elon Musk personally advanced their development and adoption. I'm strong yes on (a) and (b) but I appreciate that some people may not see the technologies as beneficial or perhaps more likely may feel that they would have happened with or without Musk.

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    Musk could easily, easily, do the good guy stuff without the bad guy stuff.

    That he chooses to continue as he is without checking his behaviour is his own undoing, and thus he deserves to be heaped with scorn.

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    Everyone has some sort of faults. Itís always easier for someone whoís not an addict to look down on an addict...

    Or put it another way, itís always easy for conservatives to blame liberals, likewise for liberals to blame conservatives...

    However, I wholeheartedly agree that I donít mind seeing Elon getting rich for creating cool EVs and cool rockets.

    Jeff Bezos probably exploited more people. I also donít like to see Wall Street bankers making all the money. If I have to give my money, Iíd rather give to Elon..., but ironically I donít own a Tesla yet... Also I suppose Elon owes a bit to Wall Street for becoming the richest dude...

    I think I can understand why some folks hate Elon... he probably has a bit of Donald Trump in him. Hope he wonít become one in the future. However, before being President, Donald wasnít as rich nor did he accomplished much for humanity. Donald was just selling his brand. Elon has sold a bunch of important things that helped advance humanity and possibly more to come.
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