The new boss of Twitter uses his disproportionate influence to weigh in on the war in Ukraine, in space programs and in research on artificial intelligence. His dream ? Influencing the fate of humanity.
What to think of a fifty-year-old libertarian, eight times a father, who gives his last two children the names X AE A-XII and Exa Dark Siderael? No doubt he is completely mad. But what to think of this same man, both “trumpo-compatible”, but concerned about the environment and the fate of migrants, when we know that in addition to becoming the richest in the world, he is also probably the most influential since NASA delegated its programs to it through Space X and after its takeover of Twitter on April 24? That he is completely crazy and dangerous? But only if we consider the character according to accepted standards. But Elon Musk exceeds them all. Originally, there is an Asperger’s syndrome – which supposes a neuroatypical cerebral functioning – and the violent school bullying of which he was the victim in his childhood.
Interviewed by us, Dr. Laurent Alexandre, founder of the Doctissimo site and French observer of transhumanism, insists on this biographical element as irrigating the personality of the boss of Tesla: “It is the revenge of the beaten child. Even his pessimistic view of artificial intelligence responds to the belt blows of his childhood.Thus, the alliance of trauma and an extraordinary intellect would have made the man. But that poses a problem when you are faced with a transhumanist demiurge who has the means to match his ambitions. ” All transhumanists are in a logic of master of the world“says Laurent Alexandre.
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His will to influence knows no bounds and his 90 million followers bear witness to this. Added to this is an unpredictable side and a tendency to play arsonist firefighters. So it is when he leads the war in Ukraine into the ditch of absurdity and brilliant irony by proposing a man-to-man fight to Vladimir Putin (“Do you accept ?“, he tweeted), while chatting with his Chechen aide, Ramzam Kadyrov, before acting to help the country of Volodymyr Zelensky on the battlefield by guiding drones thanks to the satellites of his company Starlink which locate Russian targets. Same thing with artificial intelligence. Musk spends his time denouncing the dangers of this:It’s potentially more dangerous than the atomic bomb», while being one of the main investors in the field of NBIC (nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, computing and cognitive sciences). He thus founded Open AI (a center where start-ups work on AI) and Neuralinks (which attempts to merge human and artificial intelligence). Originally created for medical reasons, Laurent Alexandre assures us that the goal is to increase the cerebral capacities of humanity.
Demiurge we tell you. But also a follower ofat the same time” dear to Emmanuel Macron, especially in terms of freedom of expression. Its takeover of Twitter would thus aim to “unlock», to remove the moderation and to make it escape woke censorship. We then already imagine Donald Trump, of whom he was the brief adviser, and all the propagators of fake news returning there to take advantage of this freedom of expression which Musk himself abuses, as when he tweeted last Thursday: “Then I buy Coca-Cola to put cocaine back in.“Except that, already wanting to reassure Europe which has just passed the Digital Service Act (DSA) in order to better protect Internet users, he hastened to recall: “By freedom of expression, I simply mean what is in accordance with the law. I am against censorship that goes far beyond […]. »
Freedom, yes… if it does not affect his interests
Upon arrival, we do not know if he wants to encourage the anarchy that shakes up the network or improve the experience. He thus promises to drive out the robots that poison Twitter, to install a function making it possible to correct published tweets and to switch the current business model, based on advertising, towards a system of subscriptions and reinforced certification. Problem: his personal freedom is more dear to him than that of others.
While having strongly condemned the sanitary measures during the Covid pandemic, considering that “say [aux gens] that they can’t leave their homes and they will be arrested if they do, that’s fascist», or by criticizing the Sillicon Valley («become the Moralizing Valley“), he hastened to block any hint of freedom of association in his companies and is already putting pressure on the Twitter teams. Similarly, when computer whiz Jack Sweeney set up an account to track Musk’s private jet, he tried to bribe him before blocking it. Same process in 2018, when he interfered in vain, by means of a DIY submarine, in the attempt to rescue children stuck in a cave in Thailand and that he was criticized by one of the rescuers irritated by this publicity stunt, inviting him to put on his gear “where it hurts“: he then replied by claiming that his despiser was… pedophile. Alas, he had to apologize after the Tesla action had lost 3% because of this game.
Because we must not forget that our demiurge is above all a businessman. Even if Nicolas Bordas, the vice-president of TBWA International, thinks, inThe Expressthat he sees himself “as a savior of humanity, with SpaceX to go to Mars, Tesla to fight global warming“, or Neuralinks to cure diseases, Twitter will serve him, in addition to extending his influence, to ensure his lobbying in favor of cryptocurrencies. And, why not, to influence stock market prices. He already did this with Tesla in 2018, tweeting: “I’m considering taking Tesla off the stock market at $420. […] Funding assured», or in 2019 : «Tesla had produced 0 cars in 2011, but will produce about 500,000 in 2019.Remember that these tweets cost him the presidency of the company.