Elon Musk Has Royal Aspirations For Baby X
Elon Musk may be best known for Tesla and his SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies) program, but there’s apparently much more to the man described by his mother as a “little boy genius” for having read and memorised entire encyclopaedias at the age of only 3. For starters, he apparently regards his newborn son with Vancouver-born musician/songwriter Grimes to be royalty. Canadian royalty.
Musk during a recent interview with the New York Times seemed joking but somehow also serious when he expressed the wish that his son one day become the prince of the internet, and failing this, then the “prince of Canada”.
Many A True Thing
Since the Tesla boss didn’t care to provide context or elaborate further on his statement, the subject was very much left hanging in the air and completely open to interpretation. Not that this is in any way strange behaviour for Musk.
The thing with the South African-born entrepreneur is that you never can tell whether he’s beating around the bush or being serious. Case in point being a Tweet posted about plans to take Tesla private for $420 a share; a decision that Musk said ultimately forced him to give up his position as CEO along with having had to pay a small fortune in penalties.
He later spilled the beans about the Tesla Motors Tweet – apparently it had been said in jest. His fear of artificial intelligence meaning him harm was however confirmed dead serious. Semi-understandably so.
The Canadian Probability
The bit about declaring his son with Canadian-born Grimes (real name: Claire Elise Boucher) Canadian royalty can probably be explained by pointing out that both he and Baby X Æ A-Xii’s mom have connections to Canada.
Born in Vancouver, Grimes later moved to Montreal, where she attended McGill University and eventually also made a name for herself singing and writing songs. Musk, born in South Africa, moved with his mother to Canada at a youthful 17, where he attended Queen’s University (Kingston) for two years. This, incidentally, was where the PayPal founder met his first wife, local fantasy author Justine Wilson.
Whether you admire Musk or are confused by him, it’s hard not to admire his tenacity in business and life. His Hyperloop idea (the bit about humans travelling around in pressurized tubes) may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but his Tesla Model S (architected by the man himself) was awarded the highest safety rating ever given an automobile by the National Highway Safety Administration.
Love him or hate him – it’s hard not to admire him.