Elon Musk became a household name synonymous with cutting entrepreneurship that was colorful edge technology and acid tweets. The South African technology baron has carved a market in solutions to transportation to rockets that were revolutionary, to the worlds issues, from vehicles. Musk, and Silicon Valley leaders like himhas recently come under fire.
Musk rose to prominence gaining an international fan club composed of men. His rise was dampened in days a troubling article with a Medium post by a Tesla employee and his wife have contributed to the number of people who don’t like the man or much of what he symbolizes.
And Musk maintains a fervent following. Why is he so attractive to our creation? Musk’s phenomenon speaks to changes that are deep in technology entrepreneurship. Gone are the days when engineers and scientists sat in labs that are isolated, eschewing human interaction for computers and equations. Soft skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication are on a regular basis highlighted to groom industry experts. Sadly, these curricula gloss over some fairly important details, including a thorough ethical analysis,
the importance of social justice, or you know, how to be also a respectful and humble person. As opposed to the field of socially aware, ethical scientists and engineers for both which we hoped, weve created egocentric, greedy technology bros whose idea of leadership and teamwork is condescension and ladder climbing.
Musk, who presents itself with the easy arrogance of a guy that has always believed that hes destined for both greatness, is a microcosm of the attitude. Hes a product of his rich familys Apartheid era privilege and the male dominated culture of technology and business. No surprise he’s a cult following, an entire creation of young men see Musk as what they might become,
as what they’re entitled to become. Think Tony Stark, but without any one of the introspection that made him into also a nicely meaning superhero also a smart, rich, average looking white man, galactically arrogant, together with the sleaziest savior complex the world has seen in a while.
This creates a theme at the cutthroat arena of Silicon Valley start-up scene: creative young capitalists, intending to come up together with the next billion dollar idea, pay little heed to the impacts their growing companies have on communities,
workers or natural resources. Take, for example, Musks latest project, a huge satellite constellation called Starlink. Whilst the goal of the project is to provide worldwide access to the internet, the satellites have the potential to ruin our view of the night sky forever. Its classic capitalism: Wrap also a profitable scheme at flashy packaging, dismiss the branches and walk away with millions. Dont get me wrong.