Elon Musk Doubles Down On Twitter Buyout Offer To Make It ‘An Inclusive Arena For Free Speech’
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Elon Musk Doubles Down On Twitter Buyout Offer To Make It ‘An Inclusive Arena For Free Speech’

During TED 2022: A New Era, Elon Musk was one of its leading speakers for its Awe session. The exclusive interview with Chris Anderson came hours after the founder and CEO of Tesla announced that next on his agenda was seeking to buy out Twitter. As previously reported by AfroTech, Musk wrote a letter to Twitter Chairman, Bret Taylor, about his $43 billion offer.

Elon Musk Stands Firm On Twitter Offer

When asked by Anderson about the news, Musk went on to double down on his notion for wanting to “unlock” the social media giant’s potential.

“I think it’s very important that we have an inclusive arena for free speech,” he said. “Twitter has sort of become a de facto Times Square. It’s really important that people have both the reality and the perception that they’re able to speak freely within the bounds of the law.”

He continued: “One of the things that I believe Twitter should do is open source the algorithm and make any changes to people’s tweets or emphasize or deemphasize that action should be made apparent so anyone can see that action has been taken — so that there’s no sort of behind the scenes manipulation either algorithmically or manually.”

Near Future Plans For Tesla

Prior to the live on-stage discussion, the conference aired a separate filmed discussion between Musk and Anderson. In the eight-minute excerpt, he went on to mention his confidence in his goal to solve real-world AI for Tesla by this year to solve self-driving. 

Musk’s precise determination led him to repeat his declaration several times. But with Tesla’s deeply racist history, the bold statement can leave many with raised eyebrows and questions about his future plans with the technology.

Well for one, in 2021, ACLU showed how AI has the harmful potential to “exacerbate racial and other inequities.” And, what’s more, Tesla has faced multiple racial discrimination suits including most recently with the state of California, AfroTech previously reported.

Tesla’s Humanoid Robots

Within the interview, Musk also mentioned that Tesla’s humanoid robot — Optimus — is the company’s most important product development. The intent is to have them do everyday things for people, but he claims to lead with caution for things to not become dystopian.

When will they make their way to most homes? Musk’s projection is 2050, as well as that the pricing would be less than a car.

To watch the full TED interview, click here.