The US Air Force UU He is investigating Elon Musk after he smoked marijuana during a wild and intricate podcast broadcast live to YouTube on Friday.
The use of marijuana is prohibited for people with government security clearance, which Musk won in 2015 when his company SpaceX began launching satellites for the Pentagon.
The US Air Force UU He told DailyMail.com that a formal investigation is not being carried out at this time, but he does not rule out that members of the department are investigating the incident. An Air Force source confirmed to CNBC that the staff was examining the podcast.
Tesla's actions collapsed this morning after the founder of Tesla smoked and drank whiskey while discussing everything from drugs to the possibility that we all live in a simulation.
Elon Musk was seen smoking a joint in Joe Rogan's podcast recording studio, prompting the US Air Force. UU Investigate your case, since people with government security clearance are not allowed to use marijuana
The 47-year-old billionaire entered the Joe Rogan Experience on Thursday night and accepted a joint comment from the presenter, following a conversation that also took into account the dangers of AI and the possibility that China is spying on US citizens through of their phones.
Hours later, the company's accounting director, Dave Morton, resigned citing public attention & # 39; to the company.
Meanwhile, stocks plummeted to nine percent this morning, erasing $ 4.3 billion of the company's value. At the close of trading, they had recovered slightly to a 6.3 percent drop, reducing the company's value by $ 3.1bn.
It follows weeks of serious turmoil for both Musk and Tesla, after he falsely announced that he would take a private company in an agreement with Saudi Arabia and accused a British hero of being a pedophile.
Friday is also the last day for Vice President of Communications, Sarah O & # 39; Brien, and Human Resources Director Gabrielle Toledano, who have been absent from work, on leave.
The departure of Toledano was announced on Friday, while O & # 39; Brien announced his departure two weeks ago.
Tesla shares, just one percent after Musk's appearance on Rogan's podcast, dropped another seven percent in the half hour after the resignation of accounting manager Dave Morton, and then to nine percent, before recover slightly to about seven percent.
Morton gave notice on Tuesday that he was resigning, according to a presentation on Friday.
"Since I joined Tesla on August 6, the level of public attention given to the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations," Morton said at the presentation of securities.
"As a result, this led me to reconsider my future, I want to make it clear that I firmly believe in Tesla, its mission and future prospects, and I have no disagreement with Tesla's leadership or financial reporting."
Dave Morton gave notice on Tuesday that he was resigning, according to a presentation on Friday
Today is also the last day for vice president of communications Sarah O & # 39; Brien (left) and human resources director Gabrielle Toledano (right), who have been absent without permission.
Before the exits of his executives were known, Musk, who openly admitted to having depended on the Ambien sleeping pill, told Rogan on Thursday night that Tesla keeps him awake at night and added that it is very difficult to keep her alive. a car company.
Towards the end of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, the presenter lit a "cigar" with tobacco and marijuana, a legal drug in the state of California, and offered it to Musk.
"You probably can not do this because of the shareholders, right?" Rogan asks Musk.
Musk, who earlier joked that mushrooms – a harmless mushroom and a psychedelic drug – are "delicious", clarified that the drug is legal and was seen giving a blow to the joint before returning it.
& # 39; I'm not a regular grass smoker. Almost never, "he told Rogan.
I really do not notice any effect. I know that a lot of people like grass, and that's fine, however, I do not think it's very good for productivity. "
Blow: Musk clarified that the drug is legal and took a puff before returning it
During the podcast, the couple discussed everything from kindness to artificial intelligence, but also Musk's electric car company, Tesla.
The 2.5-hour podcast began with Musk and Rogan discussing their dream of solving traffic problems in Los Angeles by building a tunnel beneath the city – a project they have already embarked on – and artificial intelligence.
Rogan asked Musk if he was "honestly and legitimately" & # 39; Worried about AI and the future of robotics, to which Musk responded yes, but it is less worrisome than it used to be.
"It's not necessarily bad, but it's definitely going to be out of human control" before talking about the danger of using AI as a weapon and a future in which humans can become partial robots: cyborgs.
"You're already a cyborg, and most people do not even realize. [in your hand] it is an extension of yourself. "
After pouring himself a generous whiskey, Musk said he had met with former President Obama & # 39; for a reason & # 39; and that was to warn him about the danger of artificial intelligence.
He also talked to the presenter about growing up and realizing, at the age of five, that he was different.
"I thought he was crazy," Musk said, explaining that he had kept his "endless explosion of ideas" secret for fear of being "removed" by the authorities.
The billionaire also joked with Rogen that the reason he is able to invent inventions like Tesla and roof tiles with integrated solar cells is because he is "an alien."
He was also asked if he believes in the possibility of alternative realities and multiverses, to which he replied that we are probably in a simulation, because we exist. & # 39;
I think it's very likely that there are many, many simulations. You could also call them reality, or you could call them multiverses & # 39;
Musk also commented on the recent phone ban of the Chinese company Huawei, which applies to anyone working for the US government. UU Or a government contractor for fear of being a spy.
MUSK IMPROVEMENTS: THE BEST BILLIONAIRE QUOTES FROM JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE PODCAST
On why he comes up with innovations and manages his companies:
Musk: & # 39; I'm an alien!
Discussing the possibility that we are living in an alternative reality and a "multiverse."
Musk: "If you assume any degree of improvement, the games will be indistinguishable from reality, or the civilization will end." One of those two things will happen.
"Therefore, we are probably in a simulation, because we exist.
"I think that most likely it's about probability, there are many simulations."
You could call them reality, or you could call them multiverse.
In social networks:
Musk: Be kinder to each other. Do not assume that someone is bad. It's easy to demonize people & # 39;
Musk: "It's much easier to be bad on social networks than to be bad in person."
Musk: & # 39; In the balance [my Twitter interactions are] rather than bad, but there is definitely something wrong. "
Musk: "The large amount of negative comments, the vast majority of them I do not know, every now and then I feel attracted, it's not good, I made some mistakes.
Rogan: & # 39; What could be potentially holding the company [Tesla] back? Anything that you would change
Musk: "I wish the politicians were better at science, that would help a lot. [politicians] They are pretty good for science in China, I have to say. "
To stop the use of Huawei phones due to the risk of China spying on US citizens:
Musk: & # 39; If you have secret things, you should be careful with the hardware you use, but most people do not have secrets. Nobody really cares what porn you see! Nobody really cares. National spy agencies do not give rats a ** what porn you look at, they do not care. & # 39;
Rogan: & # 39; You know what could help, mushrooms & # 39;
Musk: & # 39; They are delicious. & # 39;
Rogan: & # 39; What keeps you awake at night? & # 39;
Musk: "It's quite difficult to run the companies, especially car companies." It's quite challenging Space X is not a walk in the park, but a car company, it's very difficult to keep a car company alive.
"You know, there are only two auto companies in the history of American car companies that have not gone bankrupt, and that's Ford and Tesla, that's it, we just barely survived. & # 39;
Rogan: & # 39; How close was it to bend? & # 39;
Musk: & # 39; Very close. 2008 is not a good time to be an automotive company, especially an electric car company, which was like square stupidity. & # 39;
After inhaling the joint that Rogan gave him:
Musk: & # 39; Receive text messages from friends asking me & # 39; What the hell are you doing smoking grass? & # 39;
& # 39; I'm not a regular grass smoker. Hardly ever. I really do not notice any effect. I know that a lot of people like grass, and that's fine, however, I do not think it's very good for productivity. "
"It's like a cup of coffee in reverse." I like to do things. I like to be useful. "
Musk: "You're already a cyborg, and most people do not even realize. [in your hand] it is an extension of yourself. "
Rogan: & # 39; I do not know how you manage your time, it does not seem humanly possible & # 39;
Musk: I think people do not fully understand what I do with my time, they think I'm like a businessman, I think even my Wikipedia page says he's a business magnate. "
Rogan: What would you call yourself?
Musk: & # 39; A business magnet & # 39;
On sustainable energy and the environment
Musk: "We are really playing a crazy game here with the atmosphere and the oceans, we are taking large amounts of carbon from the depths of the earth and putting it that way, putting it in the atmosphere, is crazy.
& # 39; We should not do this. It's very dangerous. We should accelerate the transition to sustainable energy.
"I want to say that the strange thing is that, obviously, we will run out of oil in the long term, there is only so much oil that we can extract and burn, that is totally logical, we must have a long-term sustainable energy and energy transport infrastructure.
"Then we know that this is the final point, we know it." So why run this crazy experiment where we take trillions of tons of carbon from the earth and put it in the atmosphere and the oceans? This is an insane experiment. It is the dumbest experiment in human history. Why are we doing this? It's crazy. "
On why he is not building sustainable electric power planes:
Musk: Electric cars are important, solar energy is important, stationary energy storage is important.
& # 39; These things are much more important than creating electric supersonic VTOL[vertical take-off and landing planes]. & # 39;
Musk: The trick [with VTOL] is that you have to make the transition to level flight. What you would use for vertical takeoff and landing is not suitable for high-speed flights.
"The interesting thing about an electric plane is that you want to get as high as possible, but you need a certain density of energy in the battery pack, because you have to overcome the gravitational potential energy.
Once you have exceeded the potential gravitational energy and are at high altitude, the energy you use in the cruise is very low, and then you can recover a large part of your gravitational potential energy on the descent path. Then you really do not need any kind of reserve fuel. "
In fossil fuels:
Musk: & # 39; It's the dumbest experiment in history & # 39;
Musk: I really believe that people should give other people the benefit of the doubt, and assume they are good until proven otherwise and most people are actually pretty good people. No one is perfect. & # 39;
In the flying cars
Musk: & # 39; If you get one of those toy drones and imagine that it is 1,000 times heavier, that will not make your neighbors happy.
"If you want a flying car, just put wheels in a helicopter."
On its plans to eliminate traffic jams in Los Angeles
Musk: I have this, it's a kind of hobby company, called Boring Company, that started as a joke.
"And we decided to make it real, and dig a tunnel under LA, and then other people asked us to build tunnels, so we said yes in some cases."
Musk: I'm not saying it's going to be successful. It is not like affirming that you will succeed. But until now I have lived in Los Angeles for 16 years and the traffic has always been terrible. And then I do not see any other idea to improve the traffic.
"So in despair, we're going to build a tunnel, and maybe that tunnel will be successful, and maybe it will not be.
& # 39; I'm not trying to convince you that it will work. Or anyone. "
In his new company & # 39; Neuralink & # 39; trying to connect human brains directly to a computer.
Musk: "I think we'll have something interesting to announce in a few months … that's better than anyone thinks is possible."
Musk: & # 39; Best scenario, we [humans] effectively merge with AI & # 39;
Musk: & # 39; How much smarter are you with a phone or a computer or without it? You're a lot smarter, actually.
You can answer any question almost instantly. You can remember without problems. Your phone can remember videos [and] images perfectly. Your phone is already an extension of you.
& # 39; You're already a cyborg. Most people do not realize that you are already a cyborg. It's just that the data rate … is slow, very slow. It's like a small drop of information flow between your biological self and your digital self.
"We have to make that little straw like a giant river, a great high-bandwidth interface."
While acknowledging that anyone who works with & # 39; superior secret material & # 39; You should be careful with your choice of hardware, he said that it was not something that most people do. you should worry
"Nobody really cares what porn you see! National spy agencies do not give rats a ** what porn you look at, they do not care."
Later, Musk, who recently accused a British diver who helped rescue the 12 Thai children trapped in a cave from being a pedophile, spoke about kindness.
Be kinder to each other. Do not assume that someone is bad. It's easy to demonize people & # 39;
Earlier this week, Musk suggested in emails to a BuzzFeed reporter that diver Vernon Unsworth was a "child rapist."
Musk also stated, without providing any evidence, that Mr. Unsworth had moved to northern Thailand to take "a girlfriend girl who was around 12 years old at that time."
The attacks by Tesla CEO Unsworth, whose efforts were deemed crucial to the Thai operation, came after the British diver criticized a well-publicized effort by Musk to provide a tailor-made mini-submarine for cave rescue.
Mr. Musk responded on Twitter with comments that implied that the Brit was a pedophile. Then he apologized for this, before repeating the claims this week.
During the podcast, Musk was asked what percentage of his interactions with other people on Twitter was a good idea, with Rogan suggesting "ten percent".
Shocking: Musk called Vernon Unsworth pedophile after the British diver criticized Tesla's submarine CEOs
Musk replied that "in general it is more good than bad, but there is definitely something wrong".
Later he added: "It is much easier to be bad on social networks than to be bad in person."
Unsworth, of St Albans in Hertfordshire, through his lawyer, made it clear that he will sue Musk for his comments.
"The continued campaign by Elon Musk to publish vile and false accusations against Unsworth is scandalous," Unsworth's lawyer, L. Lin Wood, said in an email to Reuters.
& Muscle has stated publicly and clearly that & # 39; Wait to be sued. Let me be equally clear in response: Musk will be sued, not because of his hopes, but because he deserves to be sued, "said Wood.
Musk's new attack on Mr. Unsworth, his appearance in the series and the resignation of his chief accountant on Friday, caused the stock prices and Tesla bonds to fall further.
During the podcast, Musk revealed that the only thing that keeps him awake at night is his electric car company.
"It's pretty hard to run companies, especially car companies." It's quite challenging Space X is not a walk in the park, but it's very difficult to keep a car company alive.
"There are only two automotive companies in the history of US auto companies that have not gone bankrupt, and that is Ford and Tesla.
Rogan asked how close Tesla had been to "bend", to which Musk admitted he had been "very close".
The high yield bond of $ 1,800 million that Tesla issued a year ago reached a record low price on Wednesday. It also became more expensive to insure the Tesla bonds against default.
Tesla shares have lost more than a quarter of their value since August 7, when Musk tweeted that he had secured funds for a previously undisclosed plan to take Tesla privately.
Musk abandoned that plan on August 24, but faces lawsuits and an investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission about the accuracy of the facts of his tweet that the financing for the agreement was "insured" and # 39;
The incident is weighing on investor confidence and has damaged Musk's credibility, which Tesla's followers always considered his most valuable asset.
On Thursday, a lawsuit was filed accusing Musk of trying to "burn" short sellers through his false tweet that funds had been secured for Tesla to become private.
"This seems to be a case of textbook fraud," Michael Canty, of the Labaton Sucharow law firm, said in a news release.
"We believe that Musk tried to manipulate the price of Tesla securities with false and misleading tweets, in an effort aimed at hurting short sellers."
Labaton Sucharow is requesting class action status to represent anyone who bought or sold Tesla shares between August 7 and August 17.
Musk described the infamous privatization tweet, including his assurance that funding was secured to go to privacy, as an attempt to be transparent.