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Elon Musk defends ketamine use as ‘beneficial for investors’

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In a candid interview with former CNN anchor Don Lemon, Tesla CEO Elon Musk defended his use of ketamine, asserting that it was beneficial for Tesla’s investors.

The video interview, posted online on Monday, delved into various topics, including politics, content moderation on Musk’s social media platform, X, and the operations of Tesla.

Musk, who later canceled a partnership with Lemon, cited the drug’s role in managing a “negative chemical state” akin to depression. He emphasized that consistent performance and execution were paramount for investors, regardless of personal methods employed to maintain productivity.

“For investors, if there’s something I’m taking, I should keep taking it,” Musk remarked, highlighting the significance of maintaining stability and focus in the business realm.

Drug use

The interview comes amidst reports from The Wall Street Journal earlier this year, which alleged Musk’s past use of drugs such as LSD, cocaine, ecstasy, and psychedelic mushrooms, sparking concerns among executives and board members of his companies.

These revelations raised worries about potential violations of federal policies that could endanger SpaceX’s government contracts.

Responding to the Journal’s report, Musk stated that he had consented to three years of random drug testing at the behest of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), SpaceX’s partner.

No drugs or alcohol

He affirmed that no traces of drugs or alcohol were found in the tests.

Regarding his ketamine use, Musk disclosed that he possessed a doctor’s prescription for the drug and estimated consuming “a small amount every other week.”

Lemon questioned the purpose of Musk’s ketamine prescription and whether it might affect his government contracts and Wall Street standing. Musk’s assertion of its benefits for managing his mental state served as his response.

The interview, initially intended for Lemon’s show on Musk’s social media platform, X, was later posted on YouTube and X after Musk terminated the exclusive partnership.

Musk justified the cancellation by expressing dissatisfaction with Lemon’s approach, likening it to traditional CNN programming.

Despite requests for comment, Musk remained silent on the matter, leaving his remarks in the interview to speak for themselves.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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TikTok launches Instagram competitor ‘Notes’

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TikTok Notes has launched in Australia & Canada as a formidable competitor to Instagram, offering a unique platform for content creation, text and sharing.

“TikTok Notes is a lifestyle platform that offers informative photo-text content about people’s lives, where you can see individuals sharing their travel tips and daily recipes,” reads the official App Store description.

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The app allows users to create content by combining short videos with text-based notes, closely resembling that of Meta’s Instagram.

Whether it’s sharing a quick tutorial, a personal anecdote, or a thought-provoking message, TikTok Notes is positioned to be a formidable social media platform.

Currently, the app is only available for download and “limited testing” in Australia and Canada.

As it gains momentum, the platform is poised to contest Instagram’s established reign in the social media landscape.

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Ramifications of a TikTok ban to impact Open Internet

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The United States’ longstanding advocacy for an open internet faces a critical juncture as Congress considers legislation targeting TikTok.

The proposed measures, including a forced sale or outright ban of TikTok, have sparked concerns among digital rights advocates and global observers about the implications for internet freedom and international norms.

For decades, the U.S. has championed the concept of an unregulated internet, advocating for the free flow of digital data across borders.

However, the move against TikTok, a platform with 170 million U.S. users, has raised questions about the consistency of America’s stance on internet governance.

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Critics fear that actions against TikTok could set a precedent for other countries to justify their own internet censorship measures.

Russian blogger Aleksandr Gorbunov warned that Russia could use the U.S. decision to justify further restrictions on platforms like YouTube.

Similarly, Indian lawyer Mishi Choudhary expressed concerns that a U.S. ban on TikTok would embolden the Indian government to impose additional crackdowns on internet freedoms.

Moreover, the proposed legislation could complicate U.S. efforts to advocate for an internet governed by international organizations rather than individual countries.

China, in particular, has promoted a vision of internet sovereignty, advocating for greater national control over online content.

A TikTok ban could undermine America’s credibility in urging other countries to embrace a more open internet governed by global standards.

 

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BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says AI leads to higher wages

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Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock Inc., has outlined his vision for the impact of the firm’s investment in artificial intelligence.

During the company’s recent earnings call, Fink emphasized the connection between productivity gains driven by AI and the potential for rising wages among BlackRock’s workforce.

He explained the firm’s ambition to leverage AI technology to enhance efficiency, enabling employees to accomplish more with fewer resources.

Fink’s remarks underscore BlackRock’s strategic approach to harnessing AI as a tool for optimising operations and driving organisational growth.

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By leveraging AI-driven productivity enhancements, the company aims to empower its employees to deliver greater value, thereby paving the way for wage increases across the organisation.

The CEO’s statement reflects a broader trend in the intersection of technology and labor dynamics, where advancements in AI and automation have the potential to reshape workforce dynamics and compensation structures.

Fink’s optimism about the transformative impact of AI investment on employee wages highlights BlackRock’s commitment to embracing technological innovation as a catalyst for sustainable business growth and employee prosperity.

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