Elon Musk is aiming high at a magazine run by China's internet censorship agency

Elon Musk is aiming high at a magazine run by China’s internet censorship agency

According to a translation by Yang Liu, a reporter for China’s state news agency Xinhua, Elon Musk proposed sustainable energy, brain implants and space exploration in an article published in a Chinese magazine run by the country’s Internet Oversight and Censorship Agency. (over WSJ reporter Karen Hao).

Founded in 2013, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) is in charge of creating and enforcing policies related to online content, user data and digital security. The CAC later created a magazine that usually includes regulatory announcements and Internet policy research, according to China Media Project senior researcher Stella Chen. The magazine was originally called New media before it was renamed as Cyberspace of China earlier this year.

July issue Cyberspace of China features articles from Musk and Ant Group CEO Eric Jing Xiandong, the company that runs the Chinese payment service Alipay. Liu provides an English translation of Musk’s article in a post on his Substack newsletter, the Beijing Channel. Musk says he was invited by the magazine to share his “thoughts about a vision of technology and humanity,” and then goes on to describe and promote the technology used by the companies he owns — Tesla, SpaceX and Neuralink — that he believes can help achieve a better future for humanity:”

To this end, any area that contributes to a sustainable future deserves our investment. Whether it’s Tesla, Neuralink or SpaceX, all these companies were founded with the ultimate goal of improving the future of human life and creating the greatest possible practical value for the world – Tesla to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, Neuralink for medical rehabilitation, SpaceX to enable interstellar connections .

He also cites some of his loftier goals as examples of the kind of technology his companies could (eventually) create, such as a “self-governing city on Mars,” a way for humans to “integrate with artificial intelligence” and “solid battery banks.” Musk also mentions a never-before-seen humanoid Tesla robot, suggesting that people could potentially buy the robot as a gift in “less than a decade.”

in tweetLiu calls the article a “smart move” on Musk’s behalf because it allows him to “seize the opportunity to showcase his companies’ technological prowess to Chinese officials and the public.”

“I hope more people will join us in our fight to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” says Musk. “I also welcome other like-minded Chinese partners to join us in exploring clean energy, artificial intelligence, human-machine collaboration and space exploration to create a future worth waiting for.”

Musk’s appearance in the CAC-run publication contradicts his outspoken advocacy of free speech, the very concept that inspired his decision to buy Twitter (which he is now trying to refute over the bot argument). Over the years, the CAC has implemented a number of policies designed to censor and restrict speech online. For example, the CAC Cyber ​​Security Act requires social platforms to remove content that contains “prohibited information” or face punishment from the CAC.

Last year, the CAC pushed for the removal of Chinese horse-riding app Didi from app stores and demanded that Apple remove the popular Quran app from its Chinese App Store. The CAC also launched a hotline for users to report “illegal” comments about the Chinese Communist Party and recently proposed laws that would require social platforms to review every comment posted by users.


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