Elon Musk has routinely discussed his fear that humanity will doom itself by developing increasingly capable artificial intelligence, but this story regarding how he fired his assistant of 12 years makes the SpaceX and Tesla founder sound more robotic than our current AI machines.
In a story taken from the biography Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, posted by Business Insider, author Ashlee Vance reveals how Musk unceremoniously dropped his longtime executive assistant Mary Beth Brown after she asked for a raise. According to Vance, Musk decided to tell her to take the next two weeks off work, before seeing whether or she was necessary to his day-to-day operations:
“According to Vance, the assistant, Mary Beth Brown, asked Musk for a significant raise after she’d been working with him for 12 years. In response, Musk told Brown to take two weeks off, during which he would assume her
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