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A Couple Things That Have Caught My Eye: Neuralink Update and Focusing During a Pandemic

A much awaited update about Neuralink! I am so excited to listen to this in detail. From what I’ve heard so far it sounds amazing. Right now it sounds like the goal of Neuralink is to fix what is broken with regards to the brain or body, like poor eyesight. Imagine what could this could do for things like paralysis or neurodegenerative conditions like MS or Parkinson’s. This interview was recorded today so it’s nice and fresh. I’m excited to listen in depth tonight and see what other details Elon is willing to give.

(Also it’s nice to see that he’s kind of settled down some and hopefully he stops being such a fruit loop about the pandemic. Hopefully his new baby – who has a normal name if you can decode the name released to the public – will help reground him.)

Speaking of the pandemic, this article about focusing during the pandemic should be required reading right now. I’ve seen this in my kids, in my husband, and in myself. I know I feel perpetually on edge because I know there’s a “silent threat” floating around and it’s really hard for me to relax. Of course focusing on higher level things like education is hard. The biggest homeschool takeaway right now is just take things one day at a time. We are just now digging into history because earlier this week we just couldn’t handle it.

Planning a week out is great but in a way almost futile, because everyone’s mental health is so over the map it’s hard to see what will happen on any given day. I’ve had to learn to be kind to myself – this is NOT the time to try and check off everything. If anything, this is the time to rely on the organic learning environment as much as possible.

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An Open Letter to Elon Musk

Dear Elon,

You are a risk-taker. You didn’t get to where you currently are without taking risks – a lot of them. Risks to build SpaceX, to build SolarCity, Zip2, Paypal, Tesla, Ad Astra, and everything else – all risks. You risk reputation, capital, and more to further your dream for humanity to become an interplanetary species.

Risks are great and we need to take them.

However, what isn’t great is taking risks with the population of America. It’s clear that while you are rather intelligent in some things, you’re clearly not in others. Take the coronavirus, for example. I don’t know what information you’re reading but it’s like it’s by-passing the critical thinking part of your brain. It’s almost if you’ve built an echo chamber of sycophants and bootlickers. Take the risk and talk to epidemiologists, virologists, and other people who spend their lives working in this stuff. I have zero doubt you could get a conversation going with Dr. Fauci or Dr. Birx. Imagine if I, a lowly B.Sci (Geology) holding gal came up and started telling you how to run Tesla and SpaceX. It’s not my place, it’s not my job, I have no great ideas.

(But I do have a ton for education, so hit me up if you want to hear them.)

I know you have some vested interest in China, Texas, California, and Florida. I’m sure you have a crapton of debt and that you can only keep your stuff going for so long. And I’m sure, deep down; you’re scared shitless for your kids and your mom. But America is so large and diverse that we can’t just open up all at once. And when we do reopen, most people won’t follow PPE guidelines and whatnot. I’m seeing it locally – and my state IS reopening. So come on Elon, let’s be real here.

Here’s hoping you got hacked, you need sleep, you’re high, you’re messing with us, or some thing else that can be explained; but looking at your last month of tweets relating to the ‘Rona it appears that you have some serious Dunning-Kruger going on. Get some sleep, keep making ventilators, and engage your brain and cite real sources, not Wall Street Journal opinion pieces. You have a Physics degree, you know what a primary source is.

You’re a smart guy, and I have a lot of respect and admiration for you. Starman forever changed my life – it broke me out of the echo chamber I had built. So destroy yours, know the limits of your expertise, and take some deep breaths. We are all in this together, and we will be OK. We will all be different after this, true. But, you of all people can innovate amazing stuff from this. So get off Twitter, and go innovate your brains out and wow us when we are on the other side of this and need it.

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