Monday, August 31, 2020

Pig Brain: Elon Musk as Mad Scientist Billionaire

 Or trillion are, who knows. Point is, Elon Musk has too much money and is spending it in too many nefarious ways. Like this one, a clip from CNN showing Musk and his pig Gertrude, who has a chip in her brain.  All in the name of science so we can synch up with computers and our brains, or, something. 

I always have sad feelings when people do things like this with animals. (No, I don't eat pork.)

On its own, one might argue that this is a good thing for the future. Taken in the context of Musk's rich mad doings, it does cause one to stop and shiver a little in the slightly gloomy and dim light of one man's push for . . . what ever it is he's pushing for. 

Like his uber secret school:

Located in Southern California, the school is named Ad Astra, Latin for “to the stars.” However, the school’s details are somewhat shrouded in mystery. In an interview with Beijing Television in 2015, Musk said, “There aren’t any grades. It makes more sense to cater the education to match their aptitudes and abilities.” (source here.)

One of his children is named X AE A-12 Musk.  

Then there's his satellites:

The aim is to create a satellite network called Starlink. If Musk has his way, by 2025 no less than 11,943 of his satellites will circle the Earth, and if permission is granted, the ultimate result would be a staggering 42,000. This mind-boggling number must be compared to the 8,000 satellites sent into orbit since the Soviet Sputnik, of which 2,218 are still in operation. Why such outsized ambitions? To implement his dream of a “multiplanetary” society, and to fund it by providing all (solvent) Earthlings with high-speed Internet access. (source here)

The affect this will have on our environment is scary.

So no, not a fan of Musk. Yes, he's rich and certainly innovative but also a bit on the mad side. 

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