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"Elon Musk" Review: Move Fast, Blow Things Up

At a certain point Musk realized that technological progress was not inevitable. It could stop. It could backslide.

SpaceX, Twitter, and electric car maker Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives for a US Senate bipartisan Artificial Intelligence Insight Forum at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on September 13, 2023. (Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

There is probably no contemporary figure more baffling—and polarizing—than Elon Musk. Alongside his outsize entrepreneurial ventures—Tesla and SpaceX, among them—there is his public persona: charming, puckish, combative, mercurial. He has aroused admiration and scorn in about equal measure. What are we to make of him?

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