Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Elon Musk has become one of the most successful businessmen in the world, even occupying the first position as the richest person in the world according to Forbes.
Its business is growing in various sectors. Starting from satellites and spacecraft, electric cars, to social media. However, Musk has also become a controversial public figure.
Musk often makes statements that shock the world. In fact, some of Musk seems to be just ‘talking big’ without any real evidence.
Here are some lists of Musk’s ‘lies’, summarized from Rolling Stone, Monday (21/8/2023).
For more than a decade, Musk talked about the concept of ‘Hyperloop’, namely tube-based transportation technology. He said this mode of transportation could take passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes.
He used this mode of transportation as the future successor to the subway. Proposals regarding Hyperloop have been announced since 2013, but until now there has been no realization.
Tesla Becomes a Private Company
Musk once boasted in a tweet that he would be taking Tesla private. In the end, Musk received a lawsuit from the US Exchange Securities Commission (SEC) because he was accused of making it up without a reliable factual basis.
Bringing Humans to Mars
Musk indulged in his ambition to take humanity to Mars. However, those plans were constantly put on hold. Experts say at this point it looks like Musk is just bluffing.
Unmanned Tesla Electric Car Safety
Musk often exaggerates promotional materials related to Tesla products. In fact, recently the company received a lawsuit from users because the battery life was considered not in accordance with what was advertised.
In 2015, Musk said Tesla’s products could be driven without a driver with guaranteed safety. In fact, the following year Tesla made a video showing a self-driving Tesla car, but it was actually a fake video, according to several insiders.
Throughout 2022, there have been many accident records regarding Tesla’s unmanned cars.
Claim a Twitter Bot Problem
Musk boasted that Twitter was full of bots and spam before he took over. In fact, he dared to say that he had eradicated 90% of bots and scams on Twitter. However, this claim is not based on reliable measurement data.
Fist fight with Mark Zuckerberg
Musk has repeatedly announced plans to fight with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In fact, he was the first to invite the creator of Facebook to fight in the cage.
However, until now there is no clarity about the plan. Zuckerberg even accused Musk again of just talking big without evidence.
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