By Young Earner Editors
Jan 21, 2022
It is clear that Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are not the biggest fans of each other after multiple public humiliations.
It started in 2016 when a SpaceX rocket, the Falcon 9, exploded and destroyed its payload which included a Facebook satellite. This would have been Facebook's first satellite in orbit. It was part of Facebook's internet.org project which had the goal to bring internet connectivity to the developing world.
Zuckerberg openly shared his frustrations on Facebook stating, "As I'm here in Africa, I'm deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX's launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent."
Musk's reply to this came two years later when replying to reporter Kerry Flynn's tweet. Musk's tweet read, "Yeah, my fault for being an idiot. We did give them a free launch to make up for it and I think they had some insurance."
In 2017, Musk was giving a speech to an assembly of US governors expressing his concern on the need for government regulation of artificial intelligence research. Musk explained, "I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it. I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal.”
In a live Q&A session, Zuckerberg received the following question from a viewer, "I watched a recent interview with Elon Musk and his largest fear for the future was AI. What are your thoughts on AI and how it could accept the world?" Zuckerberg responded, "I think you can build things and the world gets better, and with AI especially, I'm really optimistic. I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios are — I just, I don't understand it. It's really negative and in some ways I think it is pretty irresponsible."
To this statement Musk swiftly tweeted, "I've talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited." He also deleted the Tesla and SpaceX Facebook pages.
More recently in February 2020, Musk took another shot at Zuckerberg by calling Facebook lame and prompting people to delete it.