In 2015, the blog was wait but why Started publishing a series about Elon Musk and his various achievements. Writer Tim Urban’s witty blog post portrays Musk as a visionary genius with a deep interest in the future of humanity and a masterful use of technology trends.
The series is told with adorable stickman illustrations and begins with a comic depicting masked people calling Urban to set up an interview. Urban’s head is stunned by the attention he’s receiving from “the most radical man in the world” and immediately falls off. Later in the series, Urban explores how Musk has grand plans to bring affordable electric vehicles to the masses, protect us all from AI, and usher in a great future without climate change. explain how Musk is a bright but friendly, down-to-earth billionaire with an eye for the good of humanity as a whole, and always turns his back on silly little bloggers who draw stick figures.
It’s strange to look back on the series eight years later. Developed by Musk and eagerly written by Urban, the hagiography is now in tatters. Musk is no longer a bold presentation touting affordable electric cars or space colonization, from the infamous (Twitter control, his private life) to the satirical villainy (alleged monkey torture). , has been talked about for various actions.
As Musk’s star fades, it’s worth revisiting the stories he told the world. It was the story that made him the richest man in the world at the time. In a world where governments, especially those in the United States, have functionally abandoned aggressive climate policies, Musk has spun a thread to fill that void. By reevaluating it, we can see what we have failed to do in the fight against climate change and chart a course forward.
The “emissions gap” describes the gap between the climate goals announced by the world’s countries and the amount of decarbonisation needed to avoid climate disasters. It physically shows that the world’s ruling classes have failed to take climate seriously and prevent its most terrifying effects. The world is now on track to warm by 2.8°C by the end of the century. We are almost 1 degree off our target of 2°C.
Emission gap is not just a physical measurement. It’s a hole in our politics. A reasonably safe and secure future has been replaced by raging storms, flooded cities, intolerable heat, extreme famine and forced migration. The emissions gap is a yawning cleft between Earth’s physics and our plutocracy.
Musk has flooded into this gap, packing a ton of electric cars and dreams of space travel.Urban Core Message wait but why The hagiography can be summed up as, “Don’t worry, Elon has this.” Musk founded multiple companies including Tesla, Solar City, Space X, Neuralink, and Open AI. All because we want to save humanity and lead us to a carbon-free, multi-planetary future. Dear readers, you are not the only one who cares about the planet.Actually there is a super rich and genius man more worried than you When actually doing something about it. Drop your doubts and let history’s greatest figure, Musk, pull humanity into a grand new universe filled with Hyperloop, Tesla and Mars colonies. Forget change. You can save the planet by buying a fancy electric car.
Indeed, Musk conceived a very different future, but the economic system that underpinned it was not only left intact, but amplified. In a now infamous tweet, Musk wrote about importing indentured servants to Mars and working there to help cover transportation costs. Dubai in space, not Utopia. Unlike (Leftists such as Ian M. Banks and Kim Stanley Robinson, who radically rethink the organization of society along the lines of egalitarianism), Urban’s humorous prose-encrusted vision of Musk is simplistic. It was an outward extension of the status quo. infinite.
But it’s precisely this lack of imagination that makes Musk’s hagiography so compelling. If you’re a political cynic who believed nothing could fundamentally change, Musk proposed a solution. Well, the mask was a godsend. By funding Musk, policymakers and investors can show they care about the future without threatening their influence or preemptively disarming critics. increase.
We see this in Musk’s devastating impact on the US transportation system. Cities from Las Vegas to Chicago to Louisville have awarded Musk’s Boring Company a multi-billion dollar contract that it claims will solve traffic using elaborate underground tunnels. Instead of pouring money into public transit and tackling thorny political problems caused by suburban sprawl, corporate politicians are pouring billions into Musk to build tunnels and solve transportation problems. chose to appear on television claiming to be To this day, very few tunnels have actually been built. The only one in operation is in Las Vegas, a single-lane nightmare tunnel plagued with traffic, as you might imagine.
Musk has a history of not keeping his word. In many ways he promised: A sports car with a rocket attached. Tesla’s music streaming service. Rockets to replace air travel. A cure for Alzheimer’s disease; and a manned Mars mission by 2020. Gallons of digital ink have been spilled in urban areas hyping Tesla Model 3, Musk’s electric car for the masses. When it came time to unveil the Model 3, Musk unveiled another luxury car with a slightly lower price tag. (The base Model 3 retails for he $43,900.)
You might think it would be a bad idea for such a high-profile figure to pull a decoy all the time and flip a switch on shareholders and the public, but Musk is telling lies because his true accomplishments aren’t all that impressive. Tesla’s ridiculously higher rating than all other major automakers combined isn’t based on what Tesla can produce, it’s based on Musk’s future promises. Same with his frenetic climatic dream: Musk can’t close the emissions gap. But he said he could and got rich.
Environmental policy and space travel were once the domain of the masses. The New Deal’s Conservation Corps reversed decades of environmental destruction, and NASA was the powerhouse of space travel. By claiming that only he will solve climate change, that only he will take humanity into space, Musk not only sought to privatize public policy, but also decided democratically. I also tried to realize the ability to realize the dream that was made. Visions of the future no longer belonged to ordinary workers. They belonged to Elon.
Mr. Musk’s grandiose future has never materialized, and his carbon footprint continues to grow, but his increasingly deviant behavior has allowed him to remain in the spotlight. to legal troubles with stock exchanges Comit Internet jokes about his seemingly hasty Twitter takeover have made Musk increasingly appear to the public as an infantile billionaire with poor impulse control, leading Reddit to call him the “real-life Tony Stark.” It’s not the sci-fi sage who called it ”. Musk offered complacency under the guise of futurism. He was a boring man disguised as a visionary. He lied about his abilities and now that his bill is due he is struggling.
Instead of listening to stories about the omnipotent brilliance of the mask, let’s tell our own stories: stories of solidarity, stories of people uniting to face the climate crisis, everyone, not just some. A billionaire with a god complex. And if you tell this story well, you can build a better future than anything Elon Musk has ever tried to sell.