Elon Musk Says College Is ‘Basically for Fun’ but ‘Not for Learning’

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It’s safe to say that Elon Musk is a man who knows what he’s doing.

Okay, putting aside the Tesla cybertruck disaster… the billionaire is pretty successful.

Recently, Musk made claims that going to college is “just for fun” and “not for learning,” so make sure to keep scrolling to see whether you agree with him or not…

Elon Musk is a very wealthy man.

Being the founder, CEO and Chief Engineering Designer of SpaceX and Tesla, he has an awful lot going for him.

But he had a little bit of an accident last year…

When unveiling Tesla’s latest Cyber truck design in November, Musk got, for lack of a better word, a bit cocky.

So confident in the shatterproof design, he asked Tesla design chief Franz von Holshausen to throw a ball at the Cybertrucks window.

The ball shattered the Cybertrucks supposedly shatterproof glass and, well, made Musk look like a bit of an idiot.

After the fail during the presentation, Musk tweeted a video that was made earlier, when they had successfully practiced the stunt.

Musk’s presentation seemed to have seriously damaged Tesla’s reputation.

Admittedly, the cyber-esque design looked like something out of an early PC game.

People were mocking Elon directly.

As the founder and CEO of Tesla, Musk is getting a lot of criticism for the bizarre car design.

Frankly, this guy is so rich he can do whatever he very well wants to.

Musk is a seriously smart guy, and it wouldn’t shock us if the Cybertruck is the future of automobiles.

Tesla finally unveiled it’s highly anticipated Tesla Roadster sports car for the first time at the European Grand Basel motor show a few months ago.

The Roadster, an all-electric 4-seater machine that Tesla claims has a top speed exceeding 250mph, was revealed last year, but the firm has now shown it in public for the first time at the Swiss event, although the white model on display appeared to be a design shell.

It is a very fast model…

Tesla says the launch version, first confirmed during the launch event for the new Tesla Semi lorry in California,  will feature 10,000nm of torque (7376lb ft) from 3 motors. It can hit 60mph in 1.9 seconds, half-a-second quicker than the current fastest-accelerating Tesla, the Model S P100D.

Musk said the successor to Tesla’s first production car, which went off sale 6 years ago, can accelerate from zero to 100mph in 4.2 seconds and complete a quarter-mile sprint in 8.9 seconds.

And you don’t even need to have finished high school to qualify!

Musk Tweeted in response to another Twitter user that not having a degree won’t hold you back from working with him.

Musk is looking for people to apply to work for the artificial intelligence team at Tesla.

The position available in Tesla’s AI department doesn’t require a specific degree.

He told the German automotive publication Auto Bild that, “there’s no need even to have a college degree at all, or even high school.”

However, Musk shared a follow-up tweet, although “educational background is irrelevant, you must pass a hardcore coding test.” Does anyone want to give it a go?

Of course, a great understanding of AI is needed and that doesn’t sound easy…

But 3 years of college isn’t compulsory and Musk has gone on to express his opinions on the matter.

And during the audience Q&A portion, Musk was asked how colleges and industries could make it easier for students to afford college, as well as create more access for underprivileged students.

Musk said, “you don’t need college to learn stuff” and that knowledge is available basically for free. He described college as a bunch of “annoying homework assignments” and said one of the main values of attending college is students spending time with people their own age before joining the workforce.

“I think colleges are basically for fun and to prove you can do your chores, but they’re not for learning,” Musk said, garnering applause and a few laughs.

And he expressed his admiration for people like Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Apple’s Steve Jobs, and Oracle’s Larry Ellison, all of whom dropped out of college to start their own companies.

“But there is a requirement of ‘evidence of exceptional ability.’ I don’t consider going to college evidence of exceptional ability,” Musk said. “In fact, ideally, you dropped out and did something. If you look at like, you know, Gates is a pretty smart guy; he dropped out. Jobs, pretty smart — he dropped out. Larry Ellison, smart guy — he dropped out. Like, obviously not needed. Did Shakespeare even go to college? Probably not.”

He has always been open about dropping out of a Ph.D. program at Stanford University after just 2 days in California, opting to launch his first company, Zip2, instead (which went on to earn him $22 million in 1999).

Going to college isn’t everything! Make sure to keep scrolling to learn about why Musk and his partner are raising their child as “they” until they decide the gender…