Elon Musk discussed everything from UFOs to monkey brain implants on his Clubhouse interview, and even grilled the CEO of Robinhood. See the best moments from the event here.
Clubhouse is the latest up-and-coming app, with an estimated five million users. The app is invite-only, making it exclusive enough to get onto, but getting into Elon Musk’s Clubhouse was another mission in itself.
The interview took place at 10pm (PST) yesterday, January 31st. Hosted by Sriram Krishnan, the room soon became full, leaving eager viewers in overflow rooms which became full themselves too.
If you missed out on Elon Musk’s Clubhouse interview, we’ve rounded up some of the best points explored.
Elon Musk says he’s wired a monkey’s brain to play video games
Starting with the big guns here, one of the biggest take-away’s from the Clubhouse session was the discussion of Neuralink, Musk’s brain-implant start-up. The latest information to be released by the company was in August 2020 of a “Fitbit-like” implant put into the brains of pigs, but it’s been radio silence ever since.
Elon Musk updated fans however, saying the company has managed to put an implant into a monkey’s brain which allows it to play video games with its mind. “We have a monkey with a wireless implant in their skull who can play video games using his mind.”
The end goal? “Can we have the monkeys play mind pong with each other?” asks the Tesla founder. He did however reassure that the early goals are for the implants to help those with serious brain and spine injuries.
He regrets not buying into Bitcoin earlier
So we know Elon Musk supports Bitcoin…it’s literally his Twitter bio, but he said on Clubhouse that he wishes he caught on earlier.
“I should have at least bought Bitcoin eight years ago. I was a little slow on the uptake there. My apologies,” he said. “I was late to the party but I’m a supporter of Bitcoin.”
Will Elon Musk take Dogecoin to the Moon?
Dogecoin has become the cryptocurrency on people’s minds after the meme stock sage of last week. Those involved set sights on Dogecoin, a currency which was started as an ironic joke, with aims to make it a powerful currency.
So Elon Musk didn’t explicitly say he supported Dogecoin, but he did admit it had entertainment value: “The most entertaining outcome would be that Dogecoin becomes the currency of earth in the future.”
His views on UFOs
What’s a deep convo without debating the existence of UFOs. When the topic came up, Elon Musk revealed that he’s dubious about the validity of recent findings on UFOs: “I’ve seen not a single piece of conclusive evidence. That doesn’t mean there aren’t aliens.”
He went on to joke about how bad the image quality of alleged sightings usually are, jokingly requesting at least “iPhone 6-level camera” quality for believable ones.
Elon Musk on teaching children
The comment that received the most feedback on Twitter was surprisingly not the fact Musk had implanted a monkey’s brain, but his views on teaching children. In response to what the best education for a five-year-old is, Musk said his kids are mainly educated by YouTube and Reddit.
It might seem shocking at first, but he explained that instilling relevancy in learning and learning out of curiosity, so essentially doing their own searching, is more effective.
“We’re evolved to forget things that are irrelevant,” he confirmed.
Robinhood’s CEO was grilled on Clubhouse
In what may have been the most captivating part of Elon Musk on Clubhouse, he became the interviewer. Robinhood’s CEO Vladimir Tenev entered the room and was grilled by Musk on the app’s restrictions on stocks last week.
Tenev explained that they were asked for $3 billion in collateral from the clearing house, which the company reportedly didn’t have. Robinhood needed to raise the asked amount in order to continue trading.
He says they managed to raise $1 billion in equity, and talked the owed figure down to $700 million. On February 1st, Robinhood will be relaxing the restrictions now that they have raised the money for collateral.
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