Could Elon Musk Actually Put Humanity Inside Minecraft?

Elon Musk Minecraft Neuralink
Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

Slowly but surely, Elon Musk continues to change the world. From Tesla to SpaceX, he’s truly changing how humanity will charge into the future. Most recently, Elon showcased the next steps for Neuralink, his brain-computer interface technology. Neuralink has a lot of potential. For instance, thanks to the internet, it could possibly put humans in Minecraft.

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Elon Musk’s Bizarre Twitter Marketing Strategy

Nickolas Roberson | United States

Elon Musk is quite a curious and peculiar individual. The man has 120-hour work weeks and sleeps in his factories for days at a time, and he has also been seen insulting an analyst during a Tesla earnings call. Musk also appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast, discussed his companies and smoked a blunt, and has been accusing the British diver, Vernon Unsworth, who helped save 12 members of a junior Thai soccer team trapped in a cave, of pedophilia; the investor and business magnate is constantly stirring up a storm. Yet there is one thing that is the most peculiar of them all: his Twitter account.

The utilization of Twitter by CEOs of major corporations is usually very limited; their posts and tweets are low in frequency and presence, yet high in rectitude. The Twitter account of Jeff Bezos, founder, and CEO of Amazon is a prime example of this, with his postings consisting of the political support, history, and news concerning Amazon.

These corporate executives have surrounded themselves with and have had their lives consumed with the professionalism that runs rampant in corporate culture, with its pressed suits and ties, firm handshakes, and lack of personalization. They refuse to relax, unwind, and have some fun in their lives. However, Elon Musk appears to be breaking the mold of this, with postings such as this:

That’s right, one of the brightest minds of this century, the CEO of multiple, billion-dollar corporations, and the man pushing humanity to the stars is asking his 23 million followers for memes. A meme, as defined by Dictionary.com, is “a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc. that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.” They’re the iconic Grumpy Cat, the mocking Spongebob, and the “nothing but respect for MY president” phrases that are posted and flood all of our social media accounts.  Yet this meme Tweet is not the first, and most certainly not the last, bizarre Tweet that Musk has shared with the world. There are others such as this, where he compared major social media sights to popular video games:

Or when Musk confessed his love and passion for anime, and that he owns a Wolverine chibi:

… after which he was quickly locked out of his Twitter account:

There was even a string of Tweets where Musk talked about his presumed past life of being a sponge:

Social media plays a major role in everyone’s lives; in the year 2005, only 5 percent of Americans used a form of social media, but that figure increased to 69 percent by the year 2011.  Thus, by posting memes and bizarre Tweets in general, Musk is marketing himself and his companies to the individuals who are entranced by “meme culture.” He is marketing especially towards Generation Z, who are young adults and teenagers born between the mid-1990s to mid-2000s. Of people who are between the ages of 18 and 29, 88 percent of them use social media; these forms of social media include, but are certainly not limited to, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.

These individuals utilize social media differently than past generations, spending much more time on it than any other generation and by using it mainly for entertainment, rather than connecting with friends. Vibrant pictures and videos garner the attention of these young people, especially memes, with nearly every teenager today being absolutely absorbed by and addicted to memes. This addiction was confirmed back in 2016 when Google Trends discovered that “memes” surpassed “Jesus” in the number of searches on Google platforms. That’s right, the central figure of the largest religion in the entirety of this Earth, with 2.4 billion religious followers, was deemed less searchable than funny and absurd images on the Internet by the tech junkies of the world.  

Thus, by marketing his Twitter toward this “meme culture,” Musk is also gaining the attention of these young people, allowing his companies to create a customer base which will last for years to come. His absurd tweets begging for memes and discussing the Precambrian era aren’t instances of insanity as suggested by his stockholders and major figures in politics and media, but are a strategic plan to further the longevity of his businesses: Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity, and the plethora of other ventures that the billionaire has started.


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Privatizing Mass Transit Could Solve the Global Gas Crisis

Private Mass transportation
By Indri Schaelicke | United States

With oil and gas supplies dwindling, it is more imperative than ever that we cut back fuel consumption. For years, experts have been encouraging the populace to find ways to scale back. Easy ways to achieve this include carpooling, keeping vehicles up to standards that maximize fuel efficiency, walking, biking, and using mass transit. Public transportation infrastructure has greatly improved since the dawn of the concept. However, like any publicly funded program, public transportation suffers from several major issues.

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Elon Musk Supports Government, Not Republicans

By James Sweet III | United States

The mainstream media were whipped into a feeding frenzy this week when they discovered that Elon Musk was a major donor for “Protect the House”, a National Republican Political Action Committee. Chelsea Handler, among other celebrities, lashed out against Musk on Twitter and article headlines went as far as proclaiming that “Elon Musk’s Donation Keeps Republicans in Control of Congress.

Progressives, Democrats, and other critics of the Republican Party were disappointed in Musk, but a look at his donation history would reveal that he has supported plenty of Democratic groups, Political Action Committees, campaigns, and politicians, as well as their Republican counterparts.  Musk, like any businessman, cares more about his businesses than politics, and merely pays who he has to in an attempt to keep his companies alive.

Musk’s political donation history mainly lists his occupation as CEO and Founder of SpaceX, but his position as CEO of Tesla Motors also appear in the list. The earliest records show a $2,000 donation to then-President George W. Bush in 2003. SpaceX, founded the year before, was a young company looking to for opportunities to expand. In the year following Musk’s donation, NASA began the Commercial Orbital Transport Services (COTS), and Space X became one of the first corporations to receive a contract with NASA for the project, earning the company a whopping 396 million dollars by the end of the project.

Musk continued to donate to many different politicians, parties, and organizations, most notably Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Cory Booker, Bill Nelson, and the Democratic Midterm Victory Fund. On the Republican aisle, he has donated to politicians and organizations like Dana Rohrabacher, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Kevin McCarthy. These politicians all support one of many things, whether it is protecting the environment, subsidies, or clean energy.

The Los Angeles Times reported in 2015 that Musk’s Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity have benefited from a grand total of $4.9 billion in “government support”. This includes grants, tax breaks, factory construction, discounted loans and environmental credits, as well as tax credits and rebates to buyers of solar panels and electric cars. Tesla had a net loss of $709.6 million within the first quarter of the year, giving reason behind the need for subsidies.

Musk isn’t the only one that benefits from subsidies, and with the state of modern American politics being dominated by corporate interests, it shouldn’t be a shock that innovators and businessmen are supportive of financial aid from the government to support an idea that may not be popular. The lack of tolerance to republican celebrities in today’s society may be the reason that he received a harsh backlash to his donation, despite his history of supporting all kinds of candidates and organizations.

Musk is an innovator, and innovators are known to create things and to improve upon their previous creations. However, in a free-market system, an innovator’s products needs to appeal to the consumers in an attempt to gain a profit and excite investors to invest into the next idea. In 2018, only 20% of the American population is willing to buy electric cars as their next vehicle. For an ambitious innovator like Elon Musk, 20% is not enough to sustain a corporation. In a free-market system free of subsidies, Tesla Motors might sink by burning through money and remaining unappealing to the mainstream American consumer.

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