How far can Elon Musk go?

Elon Musk is the richest man in the world with a fortune of 234 billion dollars and was named Person of the Year 2021 by the prestigious Time magazine, which believes that “few individuals have so much influence over life on Earth and potentially life outside of Earth”.

This billionaire, born 51 years ago in South Africa (but now American) is indeed certain of the finitude of our planet, but refuses that of humanity, which he therefore simply counts move to the red planet.

Its objective is simple: “The apocalypse will eventually come… So the alternative is to become a space civilization and a multilinear species, I hope you know that’s the right direction to go. And this is March.”

In addition to launching thousands of satellites into space, building electric cars here on Earth, digging tunnels to avoid traffic jams, developing implants to give us augmented brains, he now wants to buy Twitter, with the aim, according to some, to impose its vision of the world, and to influence our democracies. Elon Musk therefore fascinates as much as he scares. But how far can he go?

With us to talk about it

  • Olivier Lascar journalist at Sciences et Avenir, author of Investigation of Elon Musk, the man who defies science
  • Cyril de Sousa Cardoso entrepreneur, author of Innovate like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs (Odile Jacob) and Elon Musk – The secrets of an insolent success (to be published in September by Mardaga editions)
  • Asma Mhalla specialist in digital political issues, teacher at Sciences Po Paris and Polytechnique
  • Johann Chapoutot, professor of contemporary history at Sorbonne University, author of The Great Story. Introduction to the history of our time PUF, 2021

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