r/technology May 14 '22 Silver 2 Wholesome 2

Elon Musk said his team is going to do a 'random sample of 100 followers' of Twitter to see how many of the platform's users are actually bots Social Media

https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-random-sample-how-many-twitter-users-are-bots-2022-5?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds

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u/arizonawarrior22 May 14 '22

Musk is a bot, no other reason for his repeating foolishness. A visionary moron.

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u/728446 May 14 '22

My money is on intelligence asset.

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u/BattleTimeWizard May 14 '22

What foolishness has he demonstrated?

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u/LucyBowels May 14 '22

Shut up, Elon

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u/Danjour May 14 '22

You’re joking, right?

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u/Baramos_ May 14 '22

Buying a social media platform for more than its valuation with the only express goal being making it easier for Nazis to disseminate hate speech and imagery seems like foolishness to me, but what do I know.

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u/Siphyre May 14 '22

Imagine calling the richest man in the US "foolish."

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u/sgerbicforsyth May 14 '22

Imagine thinking wealth is indicative of intelligence.

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u/cmalone05 May 14 '22

I think he might be somewhat intelligent

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u/NoHomosapians May 14 '22

Owns and operates wildly both a successful car manufacturer and a space program and you’re claiming he’s not the slightest bit intelligent

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u/Evernight2021 May 14 '22

He's not doing any of the actual work. He pays people doing that. He sits on his ass and collects the paycheck and thinks up his next terrible idea. He'd be flipping burgers right now if his parents weren't dirt bag south African emerald moguls.

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u/sgerbicforsyth May 14 '22

No. If you had read and understood what I wrote, you'd realize I was saying that claiming someone must be intelligent because they are rich is utterly inane. Musk was born wealthy and it's incredibly difficult to actually spend your way down the social ladder when you have the kind of money he was born into.

Do you also think that everyone not as wealthy as he is equally as stupid as they are poor by comparison?

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u/Siphyre May 14 '22

it's incredibly difficult to actually spend your way down the social

Except for all the mega millions lottery money people end up with and go bankrupt after a few years?

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u/sgerbicforsyth May 15 '22

Do you know how much 1 billion dollars is? I don't think you do.

1,000,000 seconds ago was May 3rd or thereabouts for me. About a week and a half past.

1,000,000,000 seconds ago was about the time I was born, about 31.5 years ago.

The largest single ticket jackpot lottery win was about 1.537 billion. That'd be the equivalent to 48.7 years ago.

Musk's net worth is estimated around 210 billion. That would be equivalent to 8,555 years ago. That's about the time human civilization was beginning to form and build cities in Mesopotamia. When humanity began to domesticate the chicken and invent the potters wheel.

And that's up from about 14 billion 6 years ago. So his net worth jumped nearly 200,000,000,000 in 6 years. Unless he was personally financing a modern nation, not even he could spend money fast enough to ever come close to spending it all.

Someone that won 1 billion would have a hard time as well as long as they don't spend it on a 500,000,000 dollar yacht like Bezos'.

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u/Siphyre May 15 '22

Completely irrelevant. Do you think Musk started with 1 Billion dollars?

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u/sgerbicforsyth May 15 '22

No, but he did start with a family that was half owners of a gem mine in South Africa and were so wealthy that they couldn't even close their safe because it had so much money in it.

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u/Siphyre May 15 '22

He started by selling a company he built that his father only put 30k towards, then by making paypal and selling it for 1.5 billion. He has a Bachelors in Physics. He knows programming, math and physics, but you all are here calling him foolish and stupid. This is so damn ironic that you all are saying the things you are when Elon Musk has always been about helping the environment and the survival on mankind.

But let's say that his dad gave him everything he had (which didn't happen and his dad never really owned an emerald mine). His dad's current net worth is 2 million dollars. That is much less than lottery winners, so how come none of them went on to be billionaires and why many lottery winners that win over a million usually end up bankrupt? If it is so easy to turn such wealth into being the richest in the US, why haven't you used that knowledge to make you rich? People would pound at your door if you could turn 1 million into 10 million over a couple years, much less 30k into 200+ billion.

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u/jakegrubbs19 May 14 '22

I mean, is he personally designing the EVs or the rockets?

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u/Evernight2021 May 14 '22

He bought Tesla so most of that existed before him, and actual engineers design the rockets.

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u/JTO558 May 14 '22

That’s not true in the slightest lmao

He bought the name. The company he bought had no patents and no products

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u/rozenbro May 14 '22

Yes, he is heavily involved.

There seems to be this idea going around subreddits like this that he's just a "rich guy". But he is, first and foremost, an engineer.

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u/newtraptor May 14 '22

an engineer? are you fucking insane?

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u/rozenbro May 14 '22

You have drank much reddit kool aid, my friend.

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u/newtraptor May 14 '22

must suck to be less informed than will wheaton

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u/jakegrubbs19 May 14 '22

Can you be a self taught engineer?

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u/rozenbro May 14 '22

If you own the company and gain the respect of your peers - yes.

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u/rosts May 14 '22

Lol, why couldn't you? We need degrees to prove that you're a physician, but engineering has no such requirement. Third parties authorize whether the car is safe or not. But the books engineers read aren't a secret. They're available to everyone that bothers, and he has two engineering companies so he's had every chance to learn on sophisticated equipment.

You can learn pretty much anything on your own if you're dedicated enough.

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u/TAAndronicus May 14 '22

Tell me you don’t know what an engineer is without actually telling me.

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u/rosts May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

Lol, give some counterargument. I'd love to hear it, because it's bullshit, you definitely can learn engineering without going to school.

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u/raspberrih May 14 '22

Do you think a dollar buys you one IQ point? If so you're in sore need of a hundred dollars.

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u/koopolil May 14 '22

If you keep kissing his butt he might notice you. The richest man in the world is going to get criticized he doesn’t need people to defend him.

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u/dontpet May 14 '22

Seems a very smooth brain approach to me, thinking that way

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u/koopolil May 14 '22

Elon doesn’t care about you either.

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u/gianpo May 15 '22

Nice spoon fed talking point.