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Elon Musk: from child prodigy to owner of Twitter

Elon Musk is now the Twitter’s new owner. Add like this, one more company to your credit. The businessman, who is a director of Space X, SolarCity, The Boring Company, Open AI and Neuralink, has an estimated net worth of 264 billion dollars.

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But his story begins much earlier. More precisely on June 28, 1971 in Pretorio, South Africa. On that date and in that place Elon Musk was born. Then his brothers Tosca and Kimbal arrived.

He grew up with his father, Errol Musk, an engineer by profession and a person whom the Tesla manager classified, on more than one occasion, as a cruel man.

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His parents divorced when he was 10 years old. She initially went to live with her mother, model Maye Musk, but then she moved in with her father because she thought it was not a good idea for him to be alone. She eventually regretted that decision.

According to what he said, Errol was capable of punishing him for hours every time he did something that he thought was wrong. In relation to his father he has said the following:

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“You have no idea how bad it is. He’s committed just about any crime you can think of. Practically any evil that can come to your mind, he did it”, he said in an interview he gave to the magazine rolling stone.

One of the many attitudes that he repudiated from his father is the fact that the man married, in 2017, his stepdaughter, Jana Bezuidenhout. She is the daughter of Heidi, whom Errol married when Jana was four years old. She grew up and was raised alongside Erroll and Heidi. In 2018 she had a son with whom she was her stepfather, Errol.

But not only the father figure was a torment for Musk. Nor were his days at school easy, where he was the victim of bullying constant to the point that once he was thrown down the stairs and had to be hospitalized. “It was horrible,” Musk mused as he recounted in journalist Ahslee Vance’s biography: Elon Musk, the creator of Tesla, PayPal and SpaceX who anticipates the future.

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Elon was the smallest in the class, both in age and size. His mother, Maye, tells in Vance’s book that he was a lonely kid and had a hard time making friends. Later he did martial arts and this helped him gain confidence and become more resilient to the hostile environment in which he was immersed.

The study, his avidity for science and knowledge were always his refuge. At the age of 12 he developed his first video game, which is online and can be seen by entering here.

At that time he came to discover the book Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) by Douglas Adams, which he said made a deep impression on him. From then on he understood that he had to learn to ask the right questions. That was more important than focusing on answers.

The novel, which was published in 1979, tells the story of Arthur Dent, a man who is saved from the total destruction of the Earth by the alien, Ford Prefect, who is working on a guide for intergalactic travelers.

The text addresses, with humor and sagacity, various philosophical questions about the meaning of life, the nature of intelligence and life itself.

“If we expand the scope and scale of consciousness, we will be able to better understand what questions to ask. We will learn more, we will become more enlightened. And so we should try to do the things that expand the scope and scale of consciousness,” he said in an interview published in cnbc.

At the age of 19, he left South Africa and moved to Canada. There he studied at Queen’s University, Ontario, and then went to the University of Pennsylvania, United States, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in economics and then another in physics.

The next step was to travel to the United Statesto go to Stanford University and get a doctorate but at the same time He left his studies to found his first company, Zip2 Corporation, dedicated to managing websites. In this endeavor he worked with his brother Kimbal.

They then sold the company for $40 million. The next step for the brothers was to start working on project X which was the forerunner of what would later become PayPal.

What followed was meteoric growth and the creation of a host of companies: Tesla, for the development of autonomous vehicles; Space X, which revolutionized the market with the use of reusable rockets; and The Boring Company, with the purpose of installing tunnels where you can circulate at full speed in Hyperloop capsules.

He also created Solar City, which is focused on solar energy and Neuralink, with which it intends to develop a brain-computer interface. His interest in advancing artificial intelligence was also evident when he founded, together with Sam Altman, OpenAI, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote the development of AI with the aim of benefiting humanity, as stated on its official website.

As if all this were not enough, he now owns Twitter, the platform he has used the most to communicate his ideas, projects and opinions.

What changes will come from the hand of this acquisition? It is still early to know but it can be inferred that modifications will be made to make the algorithm behind this network transparent. The other point that Musk is interested in is that this site be a true “digital public square where vital issues for the future of humanity are debated,” as he declared after signing the agreement.

And, yes, the button to edit tweets will probably also arrive (a function only available, in a limited way, for the Twitter Blue version) for all users. Will it be so? Time will tell.

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