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Elon Musk has written an article for the Cyberspace Administration of China's flagship magazine. A translation of the article published by Beijing Channel – a blog operated by Yang Liu, a journalist with state-controlled organ Xinhua – reveals that Musk's missive was mostly self-promotion. The rocketry, AI, energy, automotive …

  1. nautica Bronze badge
    Holmes

    No! Really? Not Musk, surely...

    "...A translation of the article...reveals that Musk's missive was mostly self-promotion..."

    Musk has a certifiable need to be continually in the spotlight.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: No! Really? Not Musk, surely...

      Came here too to register shock that the normally elusive and quietly modest Musk was found to be self promoting. And yes, that's sarcasm.

      Also, given how they are hiding the problems with Auto Pilot I would not want to be near one of his robots, even if the Musk of today already is one.

      1. An_Old_Dog Silver badge
        Gimp

        Musky Elder-care Robots

        Time for a sequel to that elder-care-robot anime, Roujin Z.

    2. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge
      Big Brother

      Re: Musk has a certifiable need to be continually in the spotlight.

      only matched by Donal J Trump himself.

      Robots? Ok, I see what is next for the Shanghai Gigafactory... Replace all the resident workers with robots that don't need room and board.

      Instant extra profit for Mucky Musk.

      Once he's done Shanghai, he'll replace all his workers even at the service centres.

      This will fall perfectly into his plan to stop selling cars and only rent them out... as sort of super Uber although with less people working especially in the USA, I don't know how people will afford anything but shoe leather.

    3. RLWatkins

      Re: No! Really? Not Musk, surely...

      They'll pump him for every bit of information they can get out of him (which from Elon Musk won't be very much) then they'll go off and do it themselves and not pay him a cent.

      It's a tradition there.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Coffee/keyboard

    Not surprising

    That Musk spoke to the Chinese press - like Tim Cook he knows which side his bread is buttered on. China is his second largest market and his second largest manufacturer of Teslas. And, unlike Tim Cook, he gives great interview (with or without the doobie). The fact that he promoted his, still nonexistent, humanoid robot is not surprising and neither would it be surprising if he had them manufactured and sold primarily in China.

    1. steviebuk Silver badge

      Re: Not surprising

      And its clear he gives no fucks about their human rights abuses, their censorship, their slave labour, the Uyghur genocide or the massive amount of coal they still continue to mine and burn.

      And that its illegal to call Xi Winnie the Pooh.

      1. IGotOut Silver badge

        Re: Not surprising

        " or the massive amount of coal they still continue to mine and burn."

        Sigh here we go again....

        Look it up using per capita and then come back.

        1. steviebuk Silver badge

          Re: Not surprising

          Your argument never stands up wumao.

          Quick search

          "China is the largest coal producer in the world"

          "China Confirms It Will Build Extra Coal Mine Capacity This Year"

        2. Snowy Silver badge
          Facepalm

          Re: Not surprising

          Look at how many very poor people they have? Then per capita is a poor measure when there is so massive a gap between the top and the bottom.

  3. Snowy Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Mars

    Is a bad place Cold, Poisonous and not much of an atmosphere.

    1. ChoHag Bronze badge

      Re: Mars

      But we're all alone, more or less.

      1. that one in the corner Silver badge

        Re: Mars

        Shipwrecked and comatose - oops, Starship was on Tesla Autopilot!

        (or from another place: "That planet just came out of nowhere!" - Deanna Troi)

    2. Oglethorpe

      Re: Mars

      It ain't the kind of place to raise your kids.

      1. John Smith 19 Gold badge
        Unhappy

        "It ain't the kind of place to raise your kids."

        And that, ultimately, is the problem.

        There are many reasons to go to Mars.

        Not many reasons to stay.

        There's a fairly long history of "Sponsored colonies" or settlements that don't manage to produce enough "stuff" to justify the investment.

        They don't end well.

        OTOH with no end in site to GHG emissions, some with lifetime in millenia, it is the only viable place to evacuate to.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Mars

        And there's no one there to raise them if you did.

      3. Def Silver badge

        Re: Mars

        It ain't the kind of place to raise your kids.

        And Earth is? With three degrees of warming expected by the end of the century, rising sea levels and widespread famine are going to make Mars look pretty cosy in the not too distant future.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Mars

          WOOOOOOOSH!

          That Rocketmanned over your head did it not?

          1. Def Silver badge

            Re: Mars

            Apparently it did. What can I say? I tend to listen to music from this millennium - actually from this decade mostly.

        2. Snowy Silver badge
          Coat

          Re: Mars

          No matter how bad climate change gets this planet is better than Mars.

          If we are going to Terraform a planet Venus is so much better.

      4. that one in the corner Silver badge

        Re: Mars

        Well, Oglethorpe, you were wrong about Mars last time; million to one my backside.

        1. Oglethorpe

          Re: Mars

          That was my brother, Ogilvy. You wouldn't want to see the kinds of losses he makes at the bookies.

          1. that one in the corner Silver badge

            Re: Mars

            Quite right, my apologies. I keep forgetting he's the one with the 'tache.

          2. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge
            Coat

            Re: Mars

            Does he keep getting burned......

  4. MachDiamond Silver badge

    Leave me to rot alone

    The last thing I'd want in my final days is to be cared for by a machine. A thing that might not notice I'm in pain if I have a hard time communicating. A device with zero compassion. Just bring me a bottle of Helium (or Nitrogen if cash is tight), a large bag and a pipe to connect the two and I'll show myself out. Keep your nasty bot to yourself.

    1. Oglethorpe

      Re: Leave me to rot alone

      I'd honestly prefer it over a human. Even as a well paid job (which it rarely is) it would feel like an imposition.

    2. Def Silver badge

      Re: Leave me to rot alone

      If you have a hard time communicating, a machine is far more likely to notice you're in pain than a hooman.

    3. that one in the corner Silver badge

      Helium

      always best to go out on a high note.

      1. Danny 2 Silver badge

        Re: Helium

        I was at a funeral with a tank of helium that me and my equally stupid and self-destructive pal tried to suck out of, to no effect. I told that anecdote last month to my demonstrably smarter - published papers - first love. "Tank must have been empty or you would have died instantly."

        Way to ruin an anecdote girl!

        My mum is missing my dad much more than I am. I'm going to hug her next time we are both on our feet at the same time, so maybe next week.

        I just forced her to cancel her sports channels and I realised why that was so difficult for her, because they for dad. Plus she's fallen in love with Mo Salah.

        Apologies to Callum from Manchester for her/him sounding like a 32 year old girl. My hearing is not great, but it's better than mum's.

        "You just chatted up a bloke."

        "Shut up, I just chatted up a bloke and got your bill halved. Maybe if you still could chat up a bloke then I wouldn't have to".

        £131 a month is not okay for anything. Got it down to £56 after berating Karen from Manchester. Turned out to be Callum from Manchester.

        I am not okay with this whole transgender thing, I am still battling with my misogyny, my racism and, och, I've forgot the other thing. Oh, homophobia.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Helium

          A slug of helium off the tank isn't going to kill anyone, otherwise everyone who's used it to speak with a squeaky voice would be dead. The issue with asphyxiating gasses is that if they're breathed continuously, they still allow carbon dioxide to leave the body so there's no sensation of suffocating (the feeling that comes from holding your breath).

          1. Danny 2 Silver badge

            Re: Helium

            Nah, I eventually, reluctantly disagree. She is a published biologist, one of the wee ones like micro or molecular, and you are an AC so I take her word for it over yours.

            I think your error may lie in your word 'slug'. I've read about it since you posted and you don't get a slug from a tank, you get a blast. Unless you are trying to kill yourself with a funny voice then I would recommend starting with a balloon. And even then, the tank is lined with carcinogenic oil, so maybe just dinnae dae that at all. Learn a joke instead.

  5. GruntyMcPugh Silver badge

    Oh dear, I reckon Musk will probably deliver something more like a Roomba, than the robot, but will try and tell us it's more profound than it looks.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Typo alert

    "if it more family members" should be "if it means more family members"

  7. Howard Sway Silver badge

    In less than a decade, people will be able to buy a robot for their parents as a birthday gift

    He'll be getting hundreds every year then, with the amount of kids he's fathering.

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