Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and owner of Twitter, recently took a swipe at Apple’s latest product, the $3,500 augmented reality (AR) headset. Musk’s criticism came in the form of a meme he shared on Twitter, featuring a woman wearing Apple’s Vision Pro headset alongside mushrooms labeled as “$20 augmented reality.” The meme humorously suggested that the mushrooms could “chemically” alter one’s “carbon vibrations” and enable instant contact with UFOs and aliens.
This isn’t the first occasion Elon Musk has vocalized his thoughts on drugs like shrooms and ketamine. Already he’s shown data depicting the possible wellness advantages of psychedelics compared to alcohol. Plus he’s heard testimonies from people who’ve been helped by those substances (unlike traditional anti-depressants or amphetamines). His enthusiasm for psychedelics is in line with efforts to make them allowed in certain states.
Elon Musk thinks that psychedelics are superior to meds when it comes to treating depression and mental health. He reckons there are various types of mushrooms, including some safe enough to eat, some that’ll trip you out and a few that can end your life. Danger aside, he argues that banning drugs isn’t the answer and could be contributing to the skyrocketing crime rates in the US.
Interestingly, a Bay Area lawyer named David Marglin, who reportedly met Musk at the Burning Man festival, disclosed that he has participated in “mild exploratory” experiences with the tech mogul. Marglin’s statement suggests that Musk has personally engaged in the use of psychedelics as part of his own exploration and self-discovery.
Elon Musk’s criticism of Apple’s AR headset through the medium of a meme is characteristic of his playful and often controversial nature. While his comments may be seen as light-hearted jabs, they also reflect his broader views on psychedelics and drug policy. As one of the most influential figures in the tech industry, Musk’s opinions carry weight and can shape public discourse on various topics.