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  • Mal McCallion

Musk v Zuck - Is it really back on?

Updated: Oct 29, 2023


Elon Musk, the ever-quotable Tesla boss, is not letting up in his attempts to rile Meta's Mark Zuckerberg. Despite being slammed for his antics in Palo Alto, Musk continues to challenge Zuck for a practice wrestling bout, even going as far as to show up at the Meta boss's home.


Zuckerberg, however, has brushed off Musk's challenges, accusing the Tesla boss of not taking the bout seriously. Musk's response? He's dubbed Zuckerberg a "chicken with a travel itinerary" and declared he's ready for a match "anytime, anywhere."


The tension between the two tech titans was palpable at a recent AI conference on Capitol Hill. Despite being in the same building, Musk and Zuckerberg were seated as far apart as possible.

But it's not just about a physical bout. The two billionaires have differing views on the future of artificial intelligence (AI), a field in which both have invested significantly through their respective ventures, xAI and MetaAI.


Musk, speaking to reporters, stressed the importance of regulation in AI. He believes that rules will ensure companies prioritise safety and public interest. On the other hand, Zuckerberg urged Congress to engage with AI, as it's an emerging technology for which the government holds ultimate responsibility.


It seems that Musk's challenge to Zuckerberg extends beyond the boxing ring to the field of AI. As both continue to invest and innovate in this space, only time will tell who will come out on top. For now, Musk claims he's still raring to go, ready to take on Zuckerberg "anytime, anywhere."


Presumably the ongoing delay can only enable him to get in better shape ...



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