Elon Musk

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Elon Musk in 2015

Elon Musk is a entrepreneur known for many projects including co-founding Paypal with Peter Thiel. He is also known for his current projects; Tesla Motors, SolarCity, OpenAI and SpaceX.

According to David Pearce, in 2015 Musk was ambivalent towards the idea of transhumanism.[1] When however in June 2016 he started advocating neural enhancement, it's fair to describe him as a de facto transhumanist.[2] He's also a transhumanist presentist.[3]

“By far you have more power, more capability, than the President of the United States had 30 years ago. If you have an Internet link you have an article of wisdom, you can communicate to millions of people, you can communicate to the rest of Earth instantly. I mean, these are magical powers that didn’t exist, not that long ago. So everyone is already superhuman, and a cyborg,” says Musk [at 33:56].

In 2016 he was invited to join Trump's economic advisory team.[4]

Not to be confused with parody Twitter account Bored Elon Musk

Luddite award

Controversially, at the end of 2015, Musk was nominated "Luddite of the year" by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation for advocacy around AI risk.[5]

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