Famed software expert blasts Elon Musk’s Twitter plans as billionaire accused of making mistakes already
ELON Musk has been slammed for his comments regarding Twitter by American software engineer Grady Booch.
On Saturday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked about his plans for the social media platform Twitter.
“If Twitter acquisition completes, the company will be super focused on hardcore software engineering, design, infosec & server hardware,” Musk wrote.
“I strongly believe that all managers in a technical area must be technically excellent,” he continued.
It wasn’t long before the statement garnered thousands of responses from people from all walks of life.
One of the Twitter users to respond to the tweet included acclaimed software engineer Grady Booch.
“I’m a software engineer. And I have no idea what you mean by ‘hardcore software engineering,’ will you please enlighten me as to what you mean?” Booch replied.
Many of Musk’s fans quickly came to his defense, pointing to both Tesla and SpaceX’s software engineering as models.
“Look at the way Tesla Motors and SpaceX do engineering and automation, compared to most other engineering companies. Then imagine the software engineering version of that,” one user replied to Booch.
However, Musk’s fans’ comments could not stop the software engineer from holding his ground.
“If Tesla is any example, hardcore engineering at Twitter under Elon would be ‘let’s overpromise and under deliver; ship systems known to be buggy; a consistent and simple user experience? fuggedaboutit!; agile methods are for wimps, it’s all about heroic brogramming’,” the engineer retorted.
Booch addressed his previous tweets earlier today, stating that this was not the first time he has called the world’s richest man out for “dubious comments”.
“AI is also a domain in which I’ve some expertise, and he’s said some dubious things there, especially with regard to Teslas’s FSD and the existential risk of AI,” he tweeted.
Musk has been the recipient of much criticism since he offered to buy Twitter for $43 billion on April 14.
Robert Reich, former United States Secretary of Labor, published a scathing opinion piece on Elon Musk for The Guardian.
In the opinion, titled Elon Musk’s Vision for the Internet is Dangerous Nonsense, Reich alleges that the world’s richest man advocates for an ‘uncontrolled’ internet.
However, that mindset, Reich argues, is one that’s held by “every dictator, strongman, and demagogues.”
Most recently, Musk drew attention to himself after sharing a chilling post on Twitter about dying “under mysterious circumstances.”
The post came just minutes after Musk fired off a couple of tweets about apparently receiving a chilling message in the Russian media.
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