Watch: Elon Musk’s bizarre, virtual interview by candlelight at the B20 Summit in Bali

Some individuals had been stoked to listen to that Elon Musk, the Tesla CEO and new “Chief Twit” at Twitter, can be attending the B20 Summit of worldwide enterprise leaders in Bali, happening now forward of the G20 Summit of world leaders.

However apparently, Musk’s plate was too full for him to make the journey to the Island of the Gods, so he appeared on the B20 stage just about for a weird and considerably awkward interview this morning with moderator Anindya Bakrie, the Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Trade’s Supervisory Board.

The panel started with Musk explaining that they’d simply skilled an influence outage at his location three minutes earlier than the beginning of the decision. “That’s why I’m bizarrely at the hours of darkness,” he stated to the laughs of the viewers. He didn’t disclose his location.

Bakrie then praised Musk for carrying the “batik bomba” shirt that B20 organizers had despatched him, noting that it was from a small village in Central Sulawesi, a spot Musk may need to go to as a result of “they’ve numerous nickel there” (nickel, after all, being a vital part to electrical automotive batteries).

Bakrie then joked that, if he was going through the form of headlines that Musk has been producing currently, he’d need to make a journey to Bali to get away and calm down for a bit. Musk stated he would have beloved to come back however “my workload has just lately elevated rather a lot.”

“I’ve an excessive amount of work on my plate, that’s for positive.”

Transferring on to the “elephant within the room”, Musk’s current contentious takeover of Twitter, Bakrie requested, “How does it really feel to be a media mogul?” 

After an extended pause, Musk objected to the query barely, saying Twitter is a medium greater than media, however then added, “There’s no method to make everyone comfortable, that’s for positive.”

Requested about what growing nations like Indonesia, which has a powerful presence on Twitter, can count on from the social media platform sooner or later, Musk didn’t provide a direct reply however stated that Indonesia’s demographics made it thrilling and that he was “bullish” on the nation’s prospects. 

Musk additionally reiterated some concepts for options he had beforehand stated that Twitter would deal with, together with longer movies and extra choices for content material creators to monetize by way of the platform. 

Round this level within the interview Musk’s face appears to show pink from the lighting round him and he interrupts a solution to say how weird the video appears.

“You appear to be you’re in a darkish place,” Bakrie commented.

“I’m sitting at the hours of darkness surrounded by candles,” Musk stated with fun.

The remainder of the interview lined subjects together with Indonesia’s potential to be a middle for international decarbonization efforts, hopes for Tesla to make extra lower-priced autos, utilizing Area X rockets for terrestrial journey, and his imaginative and prescient for humanity turning into a space-faring species that colonizes different planets and easy methods to resolve visitors issues (Musk stated “tunnels are underappreciated”  — that’s a joke apparently).

At present is the final day of the B20. US President Joe Biden and Chinese language President Xi Jinping are anticipated to fulfill in Bali later at present forward of the G20 Summit, which begins tomorrow.

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