• Yahoo News explains: Who is Yusaku Maezawa?
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    Yahoo News explains: Who is Yusaku Maezawa?

    On Monday, SpaceX announced its first space tourist, who signed up to travel around the moon. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, introduced Yusaku Maezawa, who plans to ride the company’s Big Falcon Rocket. “I choose to go to the moon with artists.

  • Elon Musk's day of disaster after smoking weed in live interview
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    Elon Musk's day of disaster after smoking weed in live interview

    Tesla founder Elon Musk took a puff from a joint during an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

  • Elon Musk apologises for branding Thai cave rescuer Vern Unsworth a 'pedo'
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    Elon Musk apologises for branding Thai cave rescuer Vern Unsworth a 'pedo'

    Tesla founder Elon Musk apologised for calling British expat Vern Unsworth, who helped rescue a team of schoolboys from a Thai cave, a 'pedo guy'.

  • Coach of trapped Thai football team apologises to parents in letter sent out with divers
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    Coach of trapped Thai football team apologises to parents in letter sent out with divers

    Ekapol Chanthawong, the coach of the Wild Boars football team trapped in a flooded Thai cave, apologised to the boys' parents.

  • Elon Musk is arguing about a farting unicorn on Twitter. Here's why.
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    Elon Musk is arguing about a farting unicorn on Twitter. Here's why.

    Who knew a farting unicorn would end up at the centre of a finger-pointing copyright storm in a teacup involving Elon Musk? The Tesla CEO has been accused of using Colorado potter Tom Edwards' design without permission, a situation which has come to light in a fired up Twitter exchange. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk gets into it with former Tesla employee he sued for alleged data hacking The artist's daughter, Lisa Prank, tweeted on Wednesday claiming Musk had used her father's design, an image of a unicorn farting rainbow gas into a tube to power an electric car, apparently without the artist's permission. hey y’all Grimes’ boyfriend ripped off my dad’s art! this is a true story! what do you have to say for yourself @elonmusk ?? https://t.co/TMMJAS1ZGM — Lisa Prank (@lisaprank) June 26, 2018 Musk responded directly to Prank, attributing the design to Twitter user Nik Jovanovic, who currently has the unicorn design as both his profile picture and header image. The Tesla CEO said the design "was chosen randomly by [Tesla's] software team as a joke (they didn't tell me in advance)." To finish, Musk said, "We can change it to something else if your Dad wants." I think Nik @jovanik21 did an illustration with Tesla sketch pad Easter egg similar to mug pic that I posted. Was chosen randomly by software team as a joke (they didn’t tell me in advance) as an example of the hidden feature. We can change it to something else if your Dad wants. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 27, 2018 Prank responded to Musk, accusing Tesla of "using [Edwards'] creative property for a year without credit or compensation," to which Musk replied, saying he'd asked his team to use a different image going forward. "Was actually someone else's drawing of a unicorn on hidden Tesla sketch pad app & we gained no financial benefit," Musk tweeted. "He can sue for money if he wants, but that's kinda lame. If anything, this attention increased his mug sales." The back-and-forth is quite something: Was actually someone else’s drawing of a unicorn on hidden Tesla sketch pad app & we gained no financial benefit. Have asked my team to use a diff example going forward. He can sue for money if he wants, but that’s kinda lame. If anything, this attention increased his mug sales. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 27, 2018 it’s a copyright issue of stolen intellectual property—I’m not sure exactly what he wants! Maybe whatever wage you normally pay graphic designers to come up with content for you? The person to discuss this with is his lawyer, who sent you a letter you didn’t respond to — Lisa Prank (@lisaprank) June 27, 2018 Wait, so where did this whole farting unicorn come from, exactly? According to Denver publisher Westword , Edwards, a potter who lives in Evergreen, Colorado, created the image in 2010. It was used for ceramic mugs Edwards sells through his website Wallyware for $28 a piece. "Electric cars are good for the environment because electricity comes from magic," it reads on the back of the mug. In February 2017, Musk tweeted an image of Edwards' mug, with the caption, "Rainbows, unicorns and electric cars."  Rainbows, unicorns and electric cars pic.twitter.com/oGHkVUmpdi — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2017 It's clearly Edwards' mug. Musk wrote in an additional tweet under the image that it was "maybe my favorite mug ever." Edwards told Westword the tweet was followed by a small bump in sales — just 100 mugs, but not bad. But then, in March 2017, Musk tweeted an image of the same unicorn, apparently created on Tesla's sketch pad, an easter egg hidden within the new software update for Tesla cars. Musk shared two drawings on Twitter to announce the feature, the other one being a slightly displeased Mona Lisa — only the Leonardo Da Vinci riff was signed, not the unicorn.  Made today on Tesla sketch pad pic.twitter.com/Z8dFP2NN41 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2017 Luckily, Edwards had a friend who bought a Tesla car, according to Westword , and was told his design was automatically sitting within the hidden sketch pad feature. You can spy the unicorn in this Tesla Model 3 demo video from auto publisher The Drive : Westword also reported that one of Edwards' friends pointed out to him that Tesla had included the unicorn in the design for a company Christmas card, something Prank reiterated to Musk. Edwards confirmed to the publisher that he is seeking legal advice on the matter. The Westword article was then picked up by the Guardian , who confirmed that Edwards' lawyer, Tim Atkinson, had sent a letter to Tesla’s general counsel on May 23, 2018.  Rather than being a cease and desist letter, Guardian reports it was an "invitation for all parties to continue to benefit from the whimsical, and amazingly spot on piece of imagery my client created in 2010, which now appropriately finds a home in the operating system of the magical vehicles your company produces." But Musk denied some of the Guardian 's details when journalist Kate Bevan shared the story on Twitter.  "I offered to pay the guy who drew it twice already for something I don't even want," he tweeted. The Guardian article is bs in every possible way & I offered to pay the guy who drew it twice already for something I don’t even want. This isn’t part of “Tesla branding”. Brand, ugh. I hate very word. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 28, 2018 But Edwards' daughter, Prank, then tweeted that this detail — that he'd offered to pay Edwards, twice — wasn't accurate. Even J.K. Rowling weighed in on the story, calling it "the spinoff you never knew you wanted." Can you imagine, Harry Potter and the Farting Unicorn ? The spinoff you never knew you wanted. pic.twitter.com/NaE0n0c6C2 — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 27, 2018 Mashable has reached out to Tesla for comment.  Buckle up, guys. Meanwhile, if you need a new mug... WATCH: This bacteria could help humans breathe on Mars

  • Daily Digit: The year we go to Mars, according to Elon Musk
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    Daily Digit: The year we go to Mars, according to Elon Musk

    Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make our world work. Today we’re looking into the not-so-distant future, just six years from now, when SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the company will send its first manned missions to Mars. SpaceX has been sending unmanned rockets into orbit since 2012, but the private aerospace company has its eyes set on sending the first humans to the Red Planet in 2024. To get there, Musk proposes a new, larger, and completely reusable style of spacecraft he calls the Big F***ing Rocket, or BFR for short. Theoretically, the BFR could have a major effect on international travel in addition to interplanetary exploration: Musk says the technology could reduce the London to Tokyo travel time to a mere 34 minutes.

  • London to New York in 29 MINUTES! Elon Musk says we will travel by rockets in the near future
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    London to New York in 29 MINUTES! Elon Musk says we will travel by rockets in the near future

    Billionaire Elon Musk unveils plans for passenger rocket flights that would see people travel from London to New York in just 29 minutes.

  • Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence
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    Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence

    By Liana B. Baker RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (Reuters) - Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant "neural laces" in their brains to keep up, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of tech leaders this week. While Musk's description of an injectable human-computer link may sound like science fiction, top tech executives repeatedly said that artificial intelligence (AI) was on the verge of changing everyday life, during discussion at a conference by online publication Recode this week. It is no secret that tech companies are diving into AI analytics research, an industry that will grow to $70 billion by 2020 from just $8.2 billion in 2013, according to a Bank of America report citing IDC research.