Tesla CEO Elon Musk Muses About AI, Space Over Whiskey and Weed

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Muses About AI, Space Over Whiskey and Weed

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Muses About AI, Space Over Whiskey and Weed

The CEO of Tesla and Space X smoked marijuana toward the end of a more than two-and-half-hour live interview Thursday on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience.

Tesla Inc.'s chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, left the company after less than a month on the job, citing the level of public attention on the electric-car maker and saying the pace within the company had exceeded his expectations. Morton, who joined Tesla on August 6, was quoted in a company filing on Friday saying he believes "strongly" in Tesla and that he had no disagreements with the company's leadership or its financial reporting. That tweet prompted controversy and an SEC investigation.

As Rogan pulled out a joint and started smoking it, Musk replied, "Is that a joint?" But Musk also said this isn't really a priority, and he also dismissed the concept of a flying auto as impractical.

"I'm not a regular smoker of weed", Musk said.

Rogan asked Musk about The Boring Company, which Musk said started as a " joke", mostly borne out of his desperation to fix L.A.'s notoriously bad traffic problem. But I don't think it's very good for productivity.

The business leader made the comments in an interview with the New York Times.

Musk said he is less anxious about AI than he had been, mostly due to "taking a more fatalistic attitude".

Musk has repeatedly expressed concerns about the dangers of unrestrained development of artificial intelligence but says his push for a more cautious, regulated approach has been "futile". Tesla shares, down just 1 percent after Musk's appearance on the Rogan podcast overnight, fell as much as 10 percent after Morton's resignation and were still down 5.1 percent at $266.75 in late morning trading. Considering the recent stock drop, as well as the apparent effects of Musk's little cannabis puff to Tesla shareholders, Albertine noted that the time might be right for Tesla's Board to step in.

His brother Kimbal Musk told the newspaper that the reason Mr Musk "seems to attract drama" is because he is "so transparent, so open, in a way that can come back to bite him".

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