Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company Elon Musk speaks during a news conference Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Chicago. The Boring Company is selected for the construction of a high-speed underground transport system, which it says will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago, O’hare International Airport in just a few minutes. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
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Tech billionaire Elon Musk has a great week, and it is only Tuesday.
In a bizarre speech to a crowd, which is adjacent to a commercial space ship, known as BFR, Musk warned his guests that the Earth needed to be a “multi-planet civilization”, and we must do it now.
“There could be some natural event or a certain event that the end of civilization as we know it, and it ends life as we know it?” Musk rambled into a microphone.
“And so it is important that we try to do a multi-planet civilization, the extending of life beyond the earth, and to do this as quickly as we can.”
His strange comments came during an opening address at an event organised by his company, SpaceX, in which he announces the first paying customer of BFR” is selected for a trip to the Moon and back.
The event, called #dearMoon, it was found that the commercial site seeing expedition takes about a week to travel the 480,000 mile round trip to the moon and back and would take place in 2023.
In the speech of the Tesla chief seemed nervous and looks into the distance, often leaving unfinished sentences and sweating for don to remove his coat.
“We want … to be, ultimately, life on Mars, the Moon, and perhaps Venus, the Moons of Jupiter, in the entire solar system, and eventually extend life beyond the solar system to other star systems,” he said.
But these bizarre claims top off a manic three-day period in which the tech mogul has been sued for libel, struggled with production problems with its electric car business, and promised to solve his customer’s car in less than 60 minutes.
By the way, he is also still struggling to ensure anxious shareholders, that he’s not a huge pothead after smoking a giant spliff during the recording of a podcast with Joe Rogan earlier this month.
So it is no surprise that the mogul seemed a little worse for wear at his event on Monday evening.
To understand how we are here, let’s take a look at the last few days in the life of Elon Musk.
SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
After months of speculation, Musk has finally been sued for defamation by a British cave diver he is accused of being a pedophile on Twitter in July.
Lawyers of Vernon Unsworth, the diver who helped in the rescue of a football team of young boys trapped in a flooded cave network in the north of Thailand, filed a complaint with the US District Court.
The lawsuit is seeking more than AU$104,000 in punitive damages and a court order to stop Musk from further allegations, after he called Mr. Unsworth a “pedo man” in a tweet to his 22.6 million followers on July 15.
The tweet came after Musk’s painful attempt to save the football team on his own with his own child-sized submarine.
Musk rocket company SpaceX, whipped this baby sub is up in a few days and he claimed that it can easily transport the players by the floodwater to safety.
The mockery of his efforts in an interview with CNN, Mr Unsworth suggested the billionaire could “stick his submarine where it hurts”.
“It was absolutely no opportunity to work, he had no idea of what the cave passage was like,” he said.
The comments clearly smarted, and Musk fired back a few days later claim that he “Never saw this British expat man” on the site search, suggested that the defendant was that he lived in Thailand and announced that he would proceed with his minisubs with “no problem”.
“Sorry pedo man, you really did ask for it,” Musk wrote.
The lawsuit is led by Atlanta lawyer, L. Lin Wood, who has a whopping 65-page lawsuit with a series of exhibitions that the paint Musk in one of the most unflattering light.
The one is an e-mail sent by Musk for a BuzzFeed reporter on the 30th of August, in which he pleads for the media outlet, “stop defending child molesters”.
“He (Unsworth) an old, single white man from England who’s been traveling or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years,” Musk wrote.
“As for this alleged threat of a lawsuit, which magically appeared when I addressed the issue (nothing is sent or increased in advance), I f***ing hope he sues me.”
Mr Unsworth’s lawyers also claim Musk wrote that he had taken a “child bride who was about 12 years old at the time”.
“Mr. Unsworth has suffered emotional damage as a result of Musk false and defamatory accusations,” the document said.
The lawsuit claims Musk “falsely accused” Mr. Unsworth, a pedophile, a child rapist, a child sex-trafficker, the man of a 12-year-old child bride and a liar.
Mr Unsworth ‘ s legal team have also asked for a jury trial in this case.
It is clearly a separate lawsuit will be filed in the united kingdom by the British lawyer Mark Stephens.
In a statement, Mr. Stephens said he hoped that “Mr. Musk will withdraw his baseless accusations and good defense of Mr. Unsworth.”
“… Elon Musk is brought to account for repeated drops and the challenge of the good name of an ordinary spelunker, Vernon Unsworth who answered the call and, with others, put his life on the line to help rescue the 13 trapped in the cave in Thailand,” Mr Stephens said.
It is not known when the British lawsuit will be filed.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
6.20 pm: Despite his impending court case/s, this man seems to have woken up refreshed and ready to take on the world.
At about 6.20 am, he tweeted that he was sick and tired of Tesla clients who are stuck in their cars, having to wait excessive amounts of time, for the “outside” mechanics repair cars.
So, you know what? He’s going to bloody fix it.
Tesla brings the most collision repairs in-house, outside companies take weeks to months for repairs, and drive Tesla owners (and us) crazy
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 16, 2018
“Tesla brings the most collision repairs in-house, outside companies take weeks to months for repairs, and drive Tesla owners (and us) crazy,” he tweeted.
So what does he do?
He promises that one day, that he will be able to determine your Tesla vehicle in less than an hour.
“Exciting to see what Tesla collision repair work all complete within 24 hours. The strive for same day fast, under an hour,” he wrote.
He even wants the customer to improve the car, making them even better than before they were purchased.
“The goal is to get the repaired car to be better than for an accident,” he said.
“Should always be true if the damaged/used parts in the right way to replace with newer parts.”
We hope that this will not encourage Tesla customers to crash their cars in the future for a cheap upgrade.
11.34 pm: Later that morning, Musk admitted Tesla was in the delivery of the hell ” and was forced to apologize to customers for a range of delays with Tesla deliveries.
It came after one woman tweeted that her delivery “is postponed for an indefinite period of time.”
Sorry, we’ve gone from the production of hell to the delivery of logistical hell, but this problem is much more manageable. We make a quick progress. It should be resolved shortly.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018
“Sorry, we’ve gone from the production of hell to the delivery of logistical hell, but this problem is much more manageable. We make a quick progress. It should be resolved shortly,” Musk wrote.
The electric car manufacturer has struggled in the past to get production and delivery of targets, so this latest hiccup is no surprise.
Last month, Musk said that he expects to build 55,000 of the new Tesla Model 3 sedans in the third quarter.
But last week, he said that the company was forced to eliminate a number of their original color options in order to achieve a fast production in his California factory.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018
3 hours afternoon: Later that day, Musk releases concept photos of his new commercial spacecraft, the BFR, which, in essence, to fly rich people around the moon.
9 pm: The release of these photos was followed by an exclusive event, held in his BFR factory, to reveal the “first paying customer of BFR”.
According to the #dearMoon campaign, SpaceX will be the opening of the first “private” lunar mission ” in 2023, sending the BFR space craft the 240,000 miles to the Moon for a site seeing expedition, to send home to the Earth again.
The mission will last about a week, and take only the most worthy to discover the wonders of deep space for the betterment of mankind.
Hanging out with @yousuck2020 for the @SpaceX moon mission announcement pic.twitter.com/RTOwutzMtG
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2018
That person is none other than the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, founder of Japan’s largest online clothing store, Zozotown.
In a speech for Maezawa the unveiling, Musk told the crowd we will most likely perish soon, thanks to the devastating nuclear war, natural disasters and diseases, and our planet will be uninhabitable, but not to worry because he was on the case.
“It is important that we try to extend life beyond Earth, and do so as quickly as we can,” he said.
By means of a solution, Musk has offered Maezawa, a 42-year-old former drummer and “world famous art collector, who believes that art has the power to promote peace in the world”.
And while having a creative on-board a Lunar mission can be very useful, aesthetically, it would be good to know that there are also a number of scientists, biologists, doctors, or mathematicians to collect data that we can use.
But there is no more room on the BFR because Maezawa bought every seat on the ship and has chosen to be with him a selection of artists, musicians, fashion designers, sculptors, and dancers to the Moon.
This story was previously published in the news.com.au.