May 30, 2023

The Santa Clara County Superior Courtroom choose presiding over a wrongful dying lawsuit in opposition to Tesla regarding its “Full Self Driving” advertising and really public statements by Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk. Musk has used his wealth to thrust himself into the general public eye and enjoys making wild statements that many settle for as correct with none information or logic examine. Many feedback made by Musk on video seem to assist the plaintiff’s case, and so they’d like them admitted as proof. Tesla claims that something on video of Musk could also be a deep pretend as a result of he’s so fashionable; thus, they can’t verify or deny Musk has stated what the video clearly exhibits.

The choose is ordering Musk to seem for a deposition appropriately attainable to verify or deny having stated issues when offered with video proof. This declare by Tesla appears a celestial try to bullshit justice.

Ars Technica:

Tesla beforehand advised the courtroom it couldn’t admit or deny “the authenticity of quite a few statements allegedly made by Elon Musk in varied speeches and interviews over a interval of practically ten years.”

“Whereas at first look it might sound uncommon that Tesla couldn’t admit or deny the authenticity of video and audio recordings purportedly containing statements by Mr. Musk, the truth is he, like many public figures, is the topic of many ‘deepfake’ movies and audio recordings that purport to point out him saying and doing issues he by no means truly stated or did,” Tesla wrote final week.

Pennypacker wasn’t swayed by Tesla’s objections, writing that “Tesla’s argument that it can’t commit a technique or one other to the statements, or in some instances even admit that it’s Mr. Musk within the movies, due to the benefit with which deep fakes might be made is unconvincing.”

Amongst different challenged statements, Tesla refused to confess that in June 2014, Musk stated, “I am assured that—in lower than a 12 months—you’ll go from onramp to freeway exit with out touching any controls.” This Musk assertion, which has been quoted in lots of information articles, got here throughout a Q&A at Tesla’s 2014 shareholder assembly that may be considered on YouTube.

One other instance of CEO Musk placing his shareholders in jeopardy along with his mouth.

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