Tesla, SpaceX, and the Boring Company CEO Elon Musk made an figure on Recode’s podcast and he talked to the publication’s Kara Swisher about tweeting, building a gondola firm, a cyberpunk Tesla pickup truck, electrical scooters, and the race to self-driving vehicles. Plus a whole lot more, like the eccentric billionaire’s likely demise on Mars.
In an hour-plus communication the tech columnist hit on a lot of hot the issues and Musk didn’t evade or bounced around most asks. He admitted that his tweeting dres — although it is not as time-consuming as some might premise, at about 15 minutes a day — had contributed to to some regrettable moments.
“It’s fair to say I would likely not have tweeted some of the things I tweeted, that was probably unwise. And maybe not gotten into some of the online campaigns that I got into. I probably shouldn’t have attacked writers, likely shouldn’t have done that, ” he said.
He didn’t mention the $40 -million tweet that stripped him of his chairman title after the SEC accused him of securities fraud for announcing about making Tesla private. But he did say he can’t tweet as openly now because of an SEC settlement. “I think it’s principally exactly if it’s something that were likely to compel a significant move in the stock during trading hours, ” he said.
So he’ll still be tweeting.
We went clued into some new Tesla vehicles, like the Roadster sports car and Model Y mid-size SUV. Then Musk went giddy over the future Tesla pickup truck.
“It’s gonna be like a really futuristic-like cyberpunk, Blade Runner station wagon. It’s gonna be awesome, it’s gonna be amazing. This will be heart-stopping. It stops my feeling. It’s like, oh, it’s huge, ” he said.
But don’t expect a Tesla scooter — Musk says it “lacks dignity” even if it’s an electrical vehicle. But an e-bike or electric airplane aren’t out of the question.
As to Tesla opponents, Musk didn’t get into it, but he acknowledged that in terms of self-driving automobiles Google’s Waymo is the closest to achieving autonomous driving. He says it’s a software edition and that Tesla’s Autopilot software is the best challenger. Tesla is likely to have fully self-driving vehicles out in 2019.
“I don’t wanna sound overconfident, but I would be very surprised if any of the car corporations excess Tesla in self-driving, in getting to full self-driving, ” he said.
All this hard work( and no sleep, though Musk says he’s working on resting more) for his various fellowships certainly to be derived from Musk’s core belief that his innovations push everyone forward, extremely when it comes to electric vehicles.
“Tesla cannot die, ” he told Swisher. “Tesla is incredibly important for the future of sustainable transport and power generation. The fundamental aim, the fundamental good that Tesla plies is accelerating the onset of sustainable transport and force production.”
The conversation was recorded on Halloween and includes some digging and tunnel father jokes, naturally.