YouTube – My latest podcast adventure took me to a familiar place — the recording studio of Joseph James Rogan.
The #1169 episode of The Joe Rogan Experience featured Elon Musk: certified business magnet and all around weird-ass motherf*cker (and I mean that as a compliment).
That guy feels like the protagonist in an I, Robot prequel — frantically searching for someone or something to take his A.I. concerns seriously before it’s too late. Fact is, after listening to Musk ominously navigate through two-plus hours of whiskey-fuelled interrogation, it’s clear the dude isn’t human, but rather a walking, living, breathing A.I. life form that struggles relating and connecting with everyday human beings. Think K-Pax, only instead of touching kids in his spare time, Musk provides futuristic equipment as means to help save them from spelunking missions gone horribly wrong. So what if they didn’t use it, it’s the thought that counts!
Musk continues to be a polarizing figure, but to me it’s clear his intent is to make the world a better place. Sure, uncorroborated remarks about a Thai diver’s penchant for child raping are objectively offside. But if it wasn’t that, it would’ve been something else that irked the masses — such as producing and selling 20,000 makeshift NOT Flamethrowers to whoever was willing to part with $500 for one. With so much money and ideas, Musk was bound to piss people off at some point. Fact is, offending people is so easy nowadays, it need not be considered a skill. Literally anybody, with minimal effort, can offend. It’s not even worth mentioning as a thing you do…by the way, who is still calling out “Proficient in Microsoft Office” on their resumé? Yeah, you can stop doing that too — little tip from a former HR professional. Sorry if this advice offends you.
Aesthetic solar roofs, dope-as-f*ck electric cars, futuristic traffic-calming tunnels, plus a plethora of other ideas on the go, this soft-spoken alien is on Earth trying desperately to save humans from humans and make life more fun and cool in the process. Highly-advanced and super-smart, the EM-1000 aims to help and educate a bunch of meandering, lost, and mostly insecure HS-100s (HS = Homosapiens). Also, Musk isn’t sold on all of this not being part of a bigger simulation either (???)…something in me wishes he, not Laurence Fishburne, had been cast as Morpheus.
Finally, to cap it all off, Musk takes a greasy haul from Rogan’s tobacco-weed blunt towards the end of the podcast, right before supposedly trying out a sensory deprivation tank for the very first time in his life. Every JRE fan knows when you visit Joe, he’s gonna push the tank on you at one point or another. I wouldn’t be surprised if Musk hopped in the tank, shut the lid and was nowhere to be found once Joe opened it back up…gone in the blink of an eye.
(Just thinking of the ideas a stoned Elon could conceive gives me chills…)
Two very interesting cats! Give it a listen! (Link at start of post)
***One more thing — am I the only one who, after watching Musk and Rogan shoot the shit, yearns for a three-way discussion involving Neil deGrasse Tyson? My mind would actually explode…