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Wired (October 2)

2018/ 10/ 04 by jd in Global News

“The SEC’s ‘punishment’ of Elon Musk is exactly what Tesla needed.” Though these results were probably unintentional, the settlement will “shore up Tesla’s leadership structure, save Musk from himself, and put both the company and its leader on firmer footing.”


The Economist (April 7)

2018/ 04/ 09 by jd in Global News

“America’s leading manufacturer of electric vehicles is under pressure. Mr Musk is fighting battles on many fronts and they all exacerbate his main threat: a financial squeeze that could eventually push Tesla over the edge…. Rising interest rates, a wobbly share price and a continued inability to meet its own production goals would all conspire to make it harder for the firm to find capital. It does not help that General Motors, Volkswagen and other big rivals are making massive investments in EVs.”


Fortune (August 12)

2017/ 08/ 13 by jd in Global News

“As many in the United States and abroad are watching as tensions grow with North Korea, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk issued a warning about artificial intelligence,” urging followers to keep their priorities straight. Musk pointed out that AI was riskier than North Korea and “also warned that artificial intelligence should be regulated the same way anything that could pose a danger to the public is.”


Newsweek (November 1)

2016/ 11/ 03 by jd in Global News

“Elon Musk could likely have more influence on America’s future foreign policy than whoever ends up as president” if he delivers on his promise of an all-electric version of his Model S car that matches “the driving distance of a gas-powered sedan at a comparable $30,000 price tag by 2020.” If he can pulls this feat off, “the geopolitical effects will be greater than anything since World War II. Maybe even greater.”