Mehul Ruben DasNov 23, 2022 16:42:20 IST
Looks like Elon Musk knows the game. While Musk can come across as a brash troll at times, the CEO of Tesla and Twitter certainly respects tech skills and people who demonstrate their tech skills and know what they’re doing.
Elon Musk hired George Hotz, a remarkable engineer who made a name for himself for being one of the first people to hack an iPhone. Hotz is a noted security hacker who in the past turned down a job working on Tesla’s driver-assistance technology.
One of the problems Musk saw on Twitter was how outdated search options were on the platform. It was a sentiment that was shared by many programmers, including Hotz. Hotz then suggested what he would do to remedy this and solve the search problems users face on Twitter.
Hotz even offered to join Twitter as an intern under Musk, which Musk accepted.
Of course, let’s talk about it.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 16, 2022
The internship began after Hotz expressed support for Musk’s “extremely tough” ultimatum to Twitter employees, which demanded they work “long hours at high intensity” or else leave the company. Hotz said that “it’s the attitude that creates incredible things” and that he would be willing to do an internship at the company. “Sure, let’s talk,” was Musk’s response.
In addition to hacking an iPhone and its resulting battle with Apple, Hotz gained notoriety for founding Comma.ai, an advanced driver assistance company that develops autonomous driving solutions that can also be retrofitted to older cars. Then, Tesla said of Hotz’s idea of autonomous driving that “a single person or even a small company without extensive engineering validation capabilities would be able to develop an autonomous driving system that could be deployed in production vehicles.”
Apparently, Tesla had previously offered to hire Hotz before Tesla founded Comma.ai to work on autonomous driving. However, he turned down the offer because Musk kept changing the deal, according to Hotz. Hotz, while rejecting Tesla’s final offer, famously told Musk, “I appreciate the offer, but like I said, I’m not looking for a job. I’ll ping you when I hit Mobile.” At the time, Mobileye was the company that supplied some of the technology used in Tesla’s Autopilot system.
How do you feel about Twitter search quality? What can you get from using Twitter search instead of Google?
BTW, here’s some nice advanced search stuff: https://t.co/CYMzuWD1HT
— George Hotz 🐀 (@realGeorgeHotz) November 21, 2022
In exchange for fixing Twitter’s search function, Hotz is only looking to cover her living expenses in San Francisco. Hotz’s internship comes at a time when Musk is Looking for engineers who can write software or code.
Musk is also looking for engineers for salespeople, among other skills for the ad-sales team.