Perpignan: Olivier Lascar, “Elon Musk is the symbol of an era that does not like nuance”

The Perpiganais Olivier Lascar studied at the Lycée du Clos Banet (which has since become Picasso), then did math spé and math sup, before joining an engineering school in Paris. He is now editor-in-chief of the digital section of the journal Sciences et Avenir. He leaned with a book on the “case” Elon Musk, CEO of Space X and Telsa among others.

What prompted you to study the Musk galaxy?

Today, it is part of the media decor, and even people. Everyone has heard of Elmon Musk and his plan to go to Mars. I wanted to do something for the general public to explain what he is and what motivates him.

He’s a scientist?

More like an engineer. A scientist in the first sense of the term works in a team, in the laboratory, which publishes articles that are validated. Musk is a kind of filibuster who comes to break the house, who defies science. You could say he is on the “screws and bolts” side as opposed to the lab scientist who is into hard science. It is the symbol of an era that does not like nuances. He is divisive, idolized or hated a little à la Trump. But he is also a visionary character who has a sense of timing; he knows how to do things when they are ripe. Add to that a baraka that works in his favor and you have an image of Musk.

What is his sphere of admirers and detractors?

There are several, and Musk knows how to speak to each community. He is totally into communication and is building up galaxies of fans and followers beyond pure and hard science. He created a craze around his own person. He turns his entrepreneurial life into a kind of fiction, where every day you turn a page and it’s something new. It’s picaresque. He gets drunk on himself, he fell under his own spell. It is certainly its fragility.

“Musk is anything but green”

What is this fascination for the planet Mars?

Musk is anything but green. It starts from the premise that we have a planet B and that it is Mars. He is now in this process where he must “gnaw the Earth to the core” to equip Mars and go live there in future years. A speech which, to say the least, is not ethical and which is above all less and less audible. It’s a pitfall in his storytelling, a new problem to face. She is not won.

He is also interested in Tweeting

For me, his empire is weakened at various points. Legal obstacles slow down the development of its businesses. For his brain implant projects, he faces the medical field and especially the law. For its self-driving car projects, many states in America are slowing down. And then he has a tough enemy in the person of Jef Bessos, the boss of Amazon. So he needs to be influential, and the Tweeter network could be this lever to make things happen in his favor. It is very logical in his career.

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