Elon Musk’s Grand xAI Plans

Michael Calore: Lauren, what is your favorite Elon Musk company? Which of his many companies fascinates you the most?

Lauren Goode: Define favorite.

Michael Calore: Which one are you most intrigued by?

Lauren Goode: Does that really mean favorite? I think that “favorite” inherently has a positive connotation, and I’m not sure I would envision any of Elon Musk’s companies in that space.

Michael Calore: Not even Twitter?

Lauren Goode: Well, I mean, I used to have a huge fondness for Twitter, but that was before Elon Musk. I can tell you what I like least.

Michael Calore: Which?

Lauren Goode: Which is Neuralink.

Michael Calore: brain-computer interface.

Lauren Goode: Because what have those poor pigs, sheep and monkeys ever done to Elon Musk to deserve this? OK. If I had to say I would probably say Tesla. What is your favorite Elon Musk company? What is your favorite Elon Musk company?

Michael Calore: I’d say it’s Twitter, mostly because I think it still has the clearest potential for good.

Lauren Goode: Interesting. Really?

Michael Calore: Yes.

Lauren Goode: Not even Tesla, not even the revolution of the electric vehicle and maybe also a more sustainable mobility.

Michael Calore: That’s noble and we should definitely do that. But I think if we really want to solve the climate crisis, we have to stop relying on cars altogether.

Lauren Goode: Correct, and batteries also have their own problems.

Michael Calore: They do, yes.

Lauren Goode: To the right. Okay, so is that it? is this our show

Michael Calore: Yes. oh no wait You know what?

Lauren Goode: What?

Michael Calore: There is now one more company to add to the list.

Lauren Goode: What?

Michael Calore: Yes.

Lauren Goode: Another Elon Musk venture?

Michael Calore: Let us talk about it.

Lauren Goode: Exactly what we needed.

[Gadget Lab intro theme music plays]

Michael Calore: Hello everybody. Welcome to the Gadget Lab. I’m Michael Calore, I’m Managing Editor at WIRED.

Lauren Goode: And I’m Lauren Goode, I’m Senior Writer at WIRED.

Michael Calore: We’re back this week with WIRED Editor-in-Chief Steven Levy. Hello Steven.

Steven Levy: Hello folks. Nice to be back on the podcast.

Michael Calore: It’s great to have you.

Lauren Goode: It’s really great to have you, Steven. I always think of the editor broadly as an editor in jam mode, but as far as I can see on Zoom, you’re not in jam mode.

Steven Levy: I am at large, I am being pursued by the authorities somewhere.

Michael Calore: In order. As previously mentioned, Elon Musk is back in the headlines. Really? Does he ever leave the news?

Lauren Goode: Nope.

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing zackzwiezen@ustimespost.com.

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