10 Things We Learned From Elon Musk On Joe Rogan Experience

No smoking-related controversies this time, but Elon still blew our minds.

Elon Musk

It's not every day one of the world's most influential people appears on the Joe Rogan Experience, so when Joe announced last night that Elon Musk was going to be returning to the show, it wasn't surprising to see fans sent into a frenzy.

After all, Musk's first appearance on the podcast in September of 2018 not only quickly became the most viewed episode in the history of the JRE, but also led to worldwide headlines and controversy after Elon elected to, completely legally I might add, take a single toke on Rogan's blunt.

While there wouldn't be any weed smoked on Elon's return to the show, the pair still managed to engage in a conversation that covered a whistlestop tour of subjects, as Musk elaborated on some of the projects he is currently working on.

From a discussion of Neuralink's potential Six Million Dollar Man-Esque capabilities, to the potential symbiotic future between humanity and artificial intelligence, to Musk's arguably divisive views surrounding the current global crisis, the episode certainly doesn't shy away from controversial topics.

Despite coming from entirely different backgrounds, Musk and Rogan have a natural chemistry together, with the episode offering a variety of interesting insights as Joe picks the brain of one of the most notorious geniuses on the planet.

10. The True Story Behind X Æ A-12

Musk's appearance on the JRE just happens to coincide with a massive event in his personal life, as he announced the healthy birth of his first child with Canadian music artist Grimes on Monday, May fourth. Musk commented that the irony of his child's date of birth with the Star Wars joke was not lost on him and that he has appreciated the process of childbirth more this time around being older.

One of the most controversial topics surrounding the child's birth is the name the pair have chosen, X Æ A-12. Musk explained on the podcast that it was actually his partner who had originally conceived the outlandish name, with the Æ being pronounced "ash".

Despite Grimes having come up with the initial portion, Musk takes credit for the A-12, explaining that it is a reference to the Archangel-12, a reconnaissance aircraft that served as the precursor to the SR-71 Blackbird, which he describes with childlike enthusiasm as the "coolest plane ever."


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