Tesla Motors head Elon Musk told MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Tuesday that his company’s move to open its electric car patents up to the public was fueled by the hope that it would encourage more people to follow his company’s lead faster.
“A lot of people say, ‘Well, is this really an altruistic decision,’ ‘does altruism really exist?’ ‘no company would really do that,'” Musk said. “I think it’s important to bear in mind that we’re really all in the same ship, being Earth. If Tesla succeeds, but then the climate is destroyed, I’m not sure that actually helps Tesla.”
Late last week, Musk’s company announced it would open its patents up to the “open-source community” and would not pursue intellectual property lawsuits against anyone showing they were using Tesla’s designs in good faith.
Gas 2.0 reported that Tesla’s move made more than 500 patents available for public consumption, which speaks to Tesla’s head start in the electric car industry.
“I’ve somewhat been surprised at how much of a lead we have,” Musk said. “We don’t want to have the lead we have. We were kind of hoping other car companies would follow up faster.”
Watch footage from Hayes’ interview with Musk, as aired by MSNBC on Tuesday, below.
Lawrence O’Donnell aired hard-hitting expose on Trump, Jr — and the president tweets ‘presidential harassment’
MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday broadcast a hard-hitting segment on Donald Trump, Jr. for defending his father against claims of rape -- despite the fact his own mom made similar allegations.
The host attempted to understand why Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Trump, Jr. are so obidient to Trump when they both used to despise him.
O'Donnell noted a tweet by Trump, Jr. on the latest allegations against his father.
Moments after the segment ended, the president tweeted.
Robert Mueller subpoena isn’t a ‘friendly’ one: Intelligence Committee Chair tells Maddow
Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined with Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in subpoenaing former special counsel Robert Mueller. But according to Schiff, this wasn't exactly an agreement the committees came to with Mueller or the special counsel's investigators.
"We consistently communicated our committees' intentions to issue these subpoenas if necessary and we now understand it is necessary to do so. Should we see this as a friendly subpoena that Robert Mueller believed had to be issued before he could accept an invitation to testify?" asked MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
Mueller agrees to testify in public about Russia investigation after House Democrats issue subpoena: report
On Tuesday evening, CNN reported that former special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify in public about the Russia investigation, following subpoenas from House Democrats.
"The House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee announced ... the special counsel has agreed to appear in public on July 17th in an open session to testify about what he found as a part of his two-year investigation into Russian interference, as well as potential obstruction of justice in the White House," said CNN reported Manu Raju. "Now, they say in this letter, both the chairmen of these committees, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, that they have subpoenaed Bob Mueller and he's agreed to testify under subpoena."