Apparently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk can multitask, which may help explain how he became the world’s richest man.
While one might imagine that Musk had his hands full following through on his hostile takeover bid of Twitter, turns out the billionaire has other pokers in the fire, namely his work developing a SpaceX rocket engine.
Walter Isaacson, who is penning Musk’s biography, took to Twitter on Tuesday to share what Musk was up to as the world absorbed the game-changing news that he had successfully acquired Twitter for $44 billion
“Late last night, after winning his battle for Twitter, [Elon Musk] was in Boca Chica and held his regular 10 pm meeting on Raptor engine design, where he spent more than an hour working on valve leak solutions. No one mentioned Twitter. He can multitask,” Isaacson tweeted.
Late last night, after winning his battle for Twitter, @elonmusk was in Boca Chica and held his regular 10 pm meeting on Raptor engine design, where he spent more than an hour working on valve leak solutions. No one mentioned Twitter. He can multitask.
— Walter Isaacson (@WalterIsaacson) April 26, 2022
Isaacson has quite the resume, having done biographies for Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin, and Leonardo da Vinci, which puts Musk in lofty company.
“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a statement after the buyout was announced. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”
Musk also felt compelled to define what he means when speaking of free speech, given all the anxiety seen on the left:
By “free speech”, I simply mean that which matches the law.
I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law.
If people want less free speech, they will ask government to pass laws to that effect.
Therefore, going beyond the law is contrary to the will of the people.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 26, 2022
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
That’s not multi-tasking, rather focusing on one task at a time. What’s incredible to know is that he’s not partying/celebrating this success. Respect! 👏👏
— Aditya (@aditweeto) April 26, 2022
It isn’t multi-tasking – he seems to be a master at context shifting and prioritization. He can easily “see” how things should work and how it will go together. His power is he can focus on one thing at a time.
— Alan Wizemann (@awizemann) April 26, 2022
— ALEX (@ajtourville) April 26, 2022
“regular 10 pm meeting” https://t.co/EB3EzYMmbE
— Bolosse aux pieds d’argile 🥦 (@Foulk32) April 27, 2022
Late last night, after winning my battle with Malenia, Blade of Miquella, I was in Brooklyn and held my regular 10 pm tea time with biscuits and crumpets, where I spent more than an hour working on Instagram meme captions with friends. No one mentioned Twitter. I can multitask. https://t.co/5tzZz9H493
— Edward Ongweso Jr (@bigblackjacobin) April 27, 2022
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