I’ve received points with a few of the stuff Elon Musk’s been doing at Twitter, and a few of the non-Twitter tweets he’s despatched, together with ones pushing wild and dangerous conspiracy theories. However for all the doubtless legitimate critiques and criticisms, I additionally see many combined in which can be fully incorrect and misguided — and people can solely damage the extra respectable complaints and issues individuals are elevating.
One frequent one is that Elon Musk isn’t an engineer. Equally, it’s frequent to say that he simply purchased his approach into Tesla and isn’t a real founder (a decide decided he was certainly considered one of 5 core founders, and a primary historic account of how Tesla received off the bottom signifies as a lot). The implication with each claims is that Elon was in no way chargeable for the success of Tesla (or SpaceX, or PayPal). Individuals who have adopted the Tesla story intently know that is all nonsense, and when somebody throws considered one of these javelins at Elon’s id, popularity, and historical past, they instantly seem like fools. Elon and Tesla followers rapidly write off such folks, as a result of they know these critiques are absurd. It’s one of the simplest ways to ensure any respectable complaints or issues these folks have are scoffed at and ignored.
A handful of tweets triggered this text, however the situation has irritated and disillusioned me for a very long time. High, high, high engineers within the automotive trade, within the house trade, and within the pc trade have given Elon the very best respects when it comes to his engineering know-how and skills. I spent a little bit of time buying and selling DMs with Elon on Twitter over the course of a number of years. One of many core takeaways I received from him about himself was that he was an engineer greater than the rest (profession sensible), and I agree with that. In all probability the #1 message he offered in recent times was that Tesla would lead on manufacturing, due to its engineering prowess. Listed here are a couple of tweets from individuals who know:
“rebranded himself as an engineer”
Let’s examine what engineers need to say about thathttps://t.co/Vej3JR2zyR
— SraM 🔋 (@SraMYaguchi) November 10, 2022
Lol, completely inane assertion. https://t.co/cGXH5xw58z
— Techgnostik (@Techgnostik) November 10, 2022
There are a lot extra from effectively established main chip engineers, rocket engineers, and automotive executives.
Right here’s a very good one from somebody who has simply adopted the story effectively:
No he is an precise engineer. Coded Zip2 by himself. PayPal too. And is lead engineer on starship.
He is simply not the most effective folks individual to place it mildly and must be cease being surrounded by sure folks
— C🔋ri⚡(Chris) (@Falcon__3) November 10, 2022
That’s a primary tweet, nevertheless it’s a uncommon one, as a result of it acknowledges that Elon has had great success on account of his talents as an engineer, however then additionally gives two key critiques. Lately, most individuals chiming in on these matters appear to be 100% all-in on supporting Elon and all the things he says or does or 100% all-in on trashing him. The latter make large errors by not realizing that Elon’s success isn’t on account of entitlement, luck, or screwing folks over. It’s certainly on account of laborious, good work — and galvanizing tens of 1000’s of individuals to additionally engaged in laborious, good work.
By and huge, I see what’s taking place at Twitter as a catastrophe. I see the entire Twitter buy as a financially silly and misguided shitshow. I see that Elon has been surrounded an increasing number of by “sure males” (for causes I might write a guide about) and that most of the folks he listens to are giving him actually dangerous misinformation on a wide range of matters. Twitter was an issue for Elon as a result of he’d put his foot in his mouth there, and earlier this 12 months even, he laughed about that and appeared to point that he was making an attempt to do higher. Going and shopping for the platform, at a ridiculously excessive value, has been him going 10,000 instances additional within the mistaken course. It’s too dangerous he’s surrounded far an excessive amount of now by individuals who egg on his most counterproductive and unkind instincts. It’s too dangerous so many individuals round him are utilizing him for their very own misguided and egocentric motives. On the finish of the day, in fact, he’s a completely grown man with ample capability to arrange the ambiance round himself that’s greatest for studying and progress. Certainly, as soon as being the wealthiest man on Earth, he might have pursued higher understanding with primarily limitless funding. As an alternative, it seems that he surrounds himself with individuals who agree with virtually each assumption he makes.
As an engineer, I’m positive he’s nonetheless high notch. That’s largely what made him the richest man/human on Earth. I’m undecided he has the best background to know Twitter’s structure effectively or to know methods to lead Twitter, however I’ve far much less technical experience, so I can’t present a very good judgement on the technical facet of that. The entire different stuff, and a few of the technical stuff shared by Twitter folks, make this episode of the Elon story one thing like a practice wrecking right into a burning constructing falling off a cliff. So it’s laborious to observe and but troublesome to show away. I’ve seen sufficient from Elon about Covid-19, transportation planning, and varied political matters to know that he typically steps into a subject with mistaken assumptions and might be cussed about letting go of them. Nonetheless, that doesn’t imply he isn’t sensible in different methods and one of the crucial educated folks on earth about a wide range of technical and engineering matters. In reality, that’s partly the purpose. Individuals who assume he doesn’t know engineering don’t know what they’re speaking about. He has spent so many hours for thus a few years studying about know-how and engineering associated constructing automobiles, constructing rockets, and constructing software program for them that he actually hasn’t had a lot time for different issues. A lot success mixed with so little time to change into extra effectively rounded on different matters is sure to steer an individual astray in these different realms, after which more and more being surrounded by individuals who assume he’s both infallible or somebody to be manipulated for his or her trigger makes the matter that a lot worse.
I’m critiquing each Elon critics and Elon superfans right here, so I don’t count on to be pleasing many individuals or making many followers with this text, however for these of you who’re with me, a tip of the hat to you.
And the core message for anybody making an attempt to affect him or his supporters: don’t say silly stuff about his engineering abilities, his private background, or his position at Tesla and SpaceX when you don’t wish to be rapidly categorized as a idiot. Search for the reality and methods to persuade, not an excellent greater meals battle of misinformation.
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