Elon Musk outlines a vision of the future in a magazine run by China’s internet censorship agency
Elon Musk profiled sustainable energy, brain implants and space exploration in an article published in a Chinese magazine run by the country’s internet monitoring and censorship agency, according to a translation by Yang Liu, a journalist with the Chinese state news agency Xinhua. (Going through WSJ journalist Karen Hao).
Created in 2013, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) is responsible for creating and enforcing policies regarding online content, user data and digital security. The CAC then created a magazine which, according to China Media Project Senior Researcher, Stella Chen, typically includes regulatory announcements and internet policy research. The magazine was originally called New media before it was renamed as Chinese cyberspace earlier this year.
The July issue of Chinese cyberspace features articles by Musk and Ant Group CEO Eric Jing Xiandong, the company that operates the Chinese payment service Alipay. Liu provides an English translation of Musk’s article in an article on his newsletter Substack, Beijing Channel. Musk says he was asked by the magazine to share his “thoughts on the vision of technology and humanity”, then proceeds to describe and promote the technology used by the companies he owns – Tesla, SpaceX and Neuralink – which he believes can “contribute to a better future for humanity:”
To that end, any area that contributes to a sustainable future deserves our investment. Whether it’s Tesla, Neuralink or SpaceX, these companies were all founded with the ultimate goal of improving the future of human life and creating as much practical value for the world as possible – Tesla to accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy, Neuralink for medical rehabilitation, SpaceX to make interstellar connections possible.
He also cites some of his most ambitious goals as examples of the kind of technology his companies could (eventually) create, such as a “self-contained city on Mars,” a way for humans to “integrate with artificial intelligence.” and “fixed”. battery banks. Musk also mentions the yet-to-be-seen humanoid Tesla Bot and suggests people could potentially be able to buy a robot as a gift in “less than a decade.”
In a tweetLiu calls the article a “smart move” on Musk’s part, as it allows him “to seize the opportunity to showcase his companies’ technological prowess to Chinese authorities and the public.”
“I hope more people will join us in our fight to accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy,” Musk says. “I also invite more like-minded Chinese partners to join us in exploring clean energy, artificial intelligence, human-machine collaboration and space exploration to create a future worth living for. ‘expect.”
Musk’s appearance in a CAC-run post clashes with his outspokenness for free speech, the very concept that inspired his decision to buy Twitter (on which he’s now trying to backtrack on a row on bots). Over the years, the CAC has implemented a number of policies designed to censor and restrict online speech. The CAC Cybersecurity Actfor example, requires social platforms to remove content containing “prohibited information”, or face sanctions from the CAC.
Last year, the CAC pushed for the removal of the Chinese carpooling app Didi from app stores and demanded that Apple remove a popular Quran app from its Chinese App Store. The CAC has also launched a hotline for users to report ‘illegal’ comments on the Chinese Communist Party and recently proposed laws that require social platforms to review every comment posted by users.