We've all heard the stories: someone in Japan invents a car that runs on water; news reports and articles are written and reported, then the inventor turns up missing or dead, and the invention is never heard from again. Someone invents an engine that can run on vegetable oil; he takes a trip by ship, ends up overboard and quite dead, and his breakthrough engine is converted to run on petroleum and not another word is heard about its original intended fuel(incidentally folks, that man's name was Rudolf Diesel). Someone else comes up with the neat idea that oil itself is the remains of gobs and gobs of dinosaurs that, under the pressure of Earth and millions of years, somehow converts the remains into the black substance; hence, said substance is limited and non-renewable, it's a "fossil fuel", and prices of the black goo and its refined products rise accordingly (incidentally folks, the guy's surname was Rockefailure). Lesson: the gimickry of the greedy billionaire busybodies is limitless, as is usually their amorality and lust for power.
The whole public history of the alternative energy and technology phenomenon is replete with stories like this, which makes this story shared by Ms. K. M. all the more intriguing, for now none other than Elon Musk, whose Tesla electric cars have suffered a rash of mysterious accidents, bursting into flames, crashing into obstacles, and so on, and whose rockets have occasionally suffered catastrophic failure when launching crucial payloads, has apparently weighed in with an email to company employees, invoking deliberate sabotage and a conspiracy theory of his own:
Musk's full email reads as follows according to the CNBC article above:
From: Elon Musk
Subject: Some concerning news
June 17, 2018
I was dismayed to learn this weekend about a Tesla employee who had conducted quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations. This included making direct code changes to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System under false usernames and exporting large amounts of highly sensitive Tesla data to unknown third parties.
The full extent of his actions are not yet clear, but what he has admitted to so far is pretty bad. His stated motivation is that he wanted a promotion that he did not receive. In light of these actions, not promoting him was definitely the right move.
However, there may be considerably more to this situation than meets the eye, so the investigation will continue in depth this week. We need to figure out if he was acting alone or with others at Tesla and if he was working with any outside organizations.
As you know, there are a long list of organizations that want Tesla to die. These include Wall Street short-sellers, who have already lost billions of dollars and stand to lose a lot more. Then there are the oil & gas companies, the wealthiest industry in the world — they don't love the idea of Tesla advancing the progress of solar power & electric cars. Don't want to blow your mind, but rumor has it that those companies are sometimes not super nice. Then there are the multitude of big gas/diesel car company competitors. If they're willing to cheat so much about emissions, maybe they're willing to cheat in other ways?
Most of the time, when there is theft of goods, leaking of confidential information, dereliction of duty or outright sabotage, the reason really is something simple like wanting to get back at someone within the company or at the company as a whole. Occasionally, it is much more serious.
Please be extremely vigilant, particularly over the next few weeks as we ramp up the production rate to 5k/week. This is when outside forces have the strongest motivation to stop us.
If you know of, see or suspect anything suspicious, please send a note to [email address removed for privacy] with as much info as possible. This can be done in your name, which will be kept confidential, or completely anonymously.
Looking forward to having a great week with you as we charge up the super exciting ramp to 5000 Model 3 cars per week!
Will follow this up with emails every few days describing the progress and challenges of the Model 3 ramp.
Thanks for working so hard to make Tesla successful,
Mr. Musk is pulling no punches here, for he is stating that the sabotage consists of (1) altering code in operating systems, (2) giving details of systems - which presumably may include those very same operating systems - to "unknown third parties," (3) there is this an external factor or factors wanting Tesla to fail, and (4) Musk explicitly mentions the energy industries and manufacturers involved in the "fossil fuel" industry and in the manufacture of vehicles reliant upon it. Then, finally, (5) Musk states there may be even more to the "situation than meets the eye" and that an investigation is continuing.
All of which leads one to ask, what more could there be other than some implied conspiracy of the oil and gas industries and auto manufacturers? Musk may be hinting here of even deeper players, and if he is, I suspect he's correct. He may also be hinting that the alleged sabotage of the Telsa electric automobile could be connected to similar allegations about his private space corporation. Some have advanced the idea that Mr. Musk is simply making up some sort of vast sabotage conspiracy to cover the defects in the companies he's running. It wouldn't be the first time that a new technology company made promises it could not keep, and resorted to "spin" and "smoke and mirrors" to keep the game going as long as possible.
But I doubt it in this case. Defects there may be. But to compose such an email, knowing full well that it would probably be leaked to the press, implies that Mr. Musk is sending messages, and perhaps throwing out a fishing line for anyone who may know who the other parties are, and where they're located, and what they're ultimately up too.
Here's a hint, Mr. Musk: it's not your technology, it's your timing. New energy technologies are not feasible until a new financial system is in place, and "they" are not done building that out yet. But more importantly, you've said certain things about artificial intelligence that expose "their" own philosophical roots, and "their" own agenda. And "they" don't like that either.
As for the rest of us, I suspect we've not heard the last of this story... not by a long shot...
See you on the flip side...