Elon Musk has ruffled feathers this week following the questionable details of his latest technological venture...
Has he finally taken it too far?
Read on for the full details...
Now, the Tesla and SpaceX founder is no stranger to a little online controversy, with him always making it into the headlines for both his professional ventures and his personal ones.
Who remembers Tesla's Cybertruck disaster?
In one of the most memorable moments in the company's history, Musk claimed that their new state-of-the-art Cybertruck was one-hundred percent unbreakable.
He was so confident in this belief that, at the unveiling event, Musk ordered Tesla's design chief, Franz von Holshausen, to throw a ball at the Cybertruck's window.
Well, we all know what happened next, don't we?
The rock completely shattered the first window...
Getty ImagesAnd, when Musk demanded that von Holshausen throw a second rock, the same thing happened again.
"It worked in rehearsals..."
Getty ImagesAs Musk attempted to laugh off the embarrassing blunder, viewers from all over the world couldn't help but cringe.
Inevitably, the incident led to people mocking Tesla...
@tailosivetech @elonmusk Put Tesla glass on the next iPhone— Amber 💕🧡 (@Amber 💕🧡)1574482508.0
Not that he seemed to care, of course.
Getty ImagesIn fact, the Cybertruck sales boomed following the incident so, it's safe to say, the entrepreneur bounced back pretty quickly.
But, putting smashed up Cybertrucks to one side, many aspects of Musk's personal life has wound up in the headlines, too.
In May last year, Musk welcomed a baby boy with his girlfriend, Canadian DJ, Grimes.
And, of course, this unconventional couple were never going to christen their child with a conventional name, were they?
@priscillabanana X Æ A-12 Musk— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1588648459.0
People hoped it was a joke...
Teacher: we've a new student in the classroom. X Æ A-12 introducing himself to the classroom: https://t.co/JpekRcxsME— Shan (@Shan)1588689635.0
And, just to add even more flames to the fire...
Grimes then revealed that baby X Æ A-12 would be raised gender neutral, despite Musk repeatedly referring to his son as "he."
And this week, it seems that Musk has gotten on the wrong side of fans once more...
But this time, it involves the issue of animal welfare.
In a Q&A on Clubhouse, a private social app, the eccentric entrepreneur revealed the details surrounding a project for his "brain tech" start-up firm, Neuralink...
Which he hopes will eventually be able to help humans with brain and spinal injuries.
Musk revealed that he has successfully put a Neuralink implant in a monkey's brain...
And that the animal can play video games "with his mind" in a wide-ranging online question and answer session.
However, not everyone was too impressed with Musk's revelation...
Again! What part of fucking Animal Abuse don't people understand. And don't give me any of that Elon wants to do the best for the earth. Lol! His cars, between the manufacturing of batteries and charging of the car are the biggest polluters. People are just Sheeple!— Bob (@Bob02422153) February 2, 2021
Yeah great now we're going to have apes killing people with drones.— Otter Disappointment (@AddPolitcal) February 1, 2021
Elon Musk just said they have a monkey with a microchip in his head that allows him to play video games with his brain.... I am deeply frightened. Exited right out that room, my brain will be in too many places if I listen to him talk— SamanthaJuels (@samantha_juels) February 1, 2021
So we not gonna talk about how Elon Musk has a monkey with a microchip in its head that allows it to play video games?? Is this not scary to yall?— YT: Grace Taku (@grace_takudzwa) February 1, 2021
Elon Musk has long been on my list of "potential future super villain" candidates. When a subterranean drilling machine pops out of the ground and cyborg monkey soldiers come jumping out with flamethrowers, don't pretend you weren't warned...— Ben Wright (@BenWright1028) February 1, 2021
alright elon musk just figured out how to make monkeys play video games— Liam Davies (@TheMangoBox) February 1, 2021
we're in the endgame now
As much as I am impressed by @elonmusk on pretty much everything I am shocked by his comments on making monkeys playing video games thanks to neuralink implants. It isn’t out place to try to play god and modify nature this way. It’s already perfect how it is and doesn’t need us.— Loic Le Meur (@loic) February 1, 2021
He said this:
"We've already got a monkey with a wireless implant in their skull and the tiny wires who can play video games using his mind."
He seemed confident that the monkey is happy...
"He's totally happy. He does not look like an unhappy monkey... He's not uncomfortable and he doesn't look weird. We're trying to work out if we can get the monkeys to play mind pong with each other, you know that would be pretty cool."
He also claimed that when a US Department of Agriculture official came to inspect their monkey facilities, she was mightily impressed.
"When the USDA person came through and inspected our facilities, our monkey facilities, she said it was like the nicest monkey facilities she's ever seen in her career," he explained. "We went the extra mile for the monkeys."
That's the least he can do, I suppose.
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