Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Why Elon Musk Went to Italy

From 19fortyfive, June 18:

Twitter CEO Elon Musk met Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on Thursday during his trip to Italy. The two reportedly discussed Italy’s low birthrates as well as the potential dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Here’s a look at what the SpaceX founder and Italian leader talked about and why it matters.

Meeting of the Minds: Musk and Meloni
Musk has said on several occasions that he believes the greatest challenge facing humanity is underpopulation. He raised this concern with Meloni during their Thursday meeting in Rome – and that matters because Italy has experienced a plummeting birthrate since the 2008 financial crisis and currently has a fertility rate of 1.24 births per woman.

In 2020 Italy experienced the lowest amount of births since it was unified into a nation state in 1861. In April of this year Musk warned that “Italy is disappearing!” and said that having kids should be “celebrated” and policies put in place to favor larger families.

The Tesla chief also spoke to Italy’s Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Tajani about how to move forward in the automotive industry and aerospace, with Tajani saying Italy is “ready to collaborate on the challenges of our time such as cybersecurity.”

Elon’s Euro Trip
Musk stopped in Rome as part of a short European tour planned to help him decide where to build his next Tesla manufactuirng plant. After his time in Rome, Musk spoke Friday in Paris at the Viva Tech conference and met with French President Emmanuel Macron.....