- Elon Musk went on a Twitter rant on Thursday.
His comments were directed toward those who took issue
with his recent criticisms of public transportation.
Musk explained that he likes many forms of public
transit, but thinks big cities need to come up with new forms
Elon Musk took aim at his critics on Thursday, going on a Twitter
rant directed toward those who took issue with his recent
comments about public transportation.
On December 14, Wired
reported that Musk criticized public transportation at a tech
“I think public transport is painful,” he reportedly said.
“It sucks. Why do you want to get on something with a lot of
other people, that doesn’t leave where you want it to leave,
doesn’t start where you want it to start, doesn’t end where you
want it to end? And it doesn’t go all the time.”
Public transit consultant Jarrett Walker tweeted a response
on December 14,
saying Elon Musk’s “hatred of sharing space with strangers is
a luxury (or pathology) that only the rich can afford.”
“You’re an idiot,” Musk
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman revived the argument
on Tuesday, chiding Musk for dismissing Walker.
“Elon Musk’s idea of a cogent argument: ‘You’re an
idiot,”’ Krugman said
Musk clarified his comments about Walker on
“Idiots can be very dangerous when they seem smart, but
aren’t (having “PhD” in their bio is a dead giveaway), as some
policymakers may get fooled,” he responded.
“That’s what really bothered me about that human cat meme /
transit ‘expert’ .”
Musk then said that he actually enjoys some types of public
transit, but claimed that big cities need alternate solutions to
their traffic problems.
Musk, of course, is working to develop more efficient
tunneling technology through his Boring Company venture. The
company ultimately aims to eliminate traffic by creating a
tunneling system under major cities.
However, public transit is obviously not fully solving the problem, as most major cities have been in traffic hell for decades with no solution in sight. Multi-level tunnels can solve this, but we need much better tunneling technology, as it is currently super slow and expensive.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2017
After further clarifying his thoughts on public transportation
and disagreement with Walker, Musk took a moment to appreciate
“I love Twitter,” Musk said.