Elon Musk recently Tweeted a message to his fans that have sent them into an uproar. In the Tweet, titled “The Guns of August,” Musk quotes a novel about the early stages of World War I.
The full Tweet is shown below, and says “So gorgeous was the spectacle on the May morning of 1910, when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd, waiting in hushed and black-clad awe, could not keep back gasps of admiration.”
Continuing it says, “The muffled tongue of Big Ben tolled nine by the clock as the cortege left the palace, but on history’s clock it was sunset, and the sun of the old world was setting in a dying blaze of splendor never to be seen again.”
The Guns of August pic.twitter.com/m7J2sJVNIT
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 23, 2021
Musk, who is a self-made billionaire, and the CEO of Tesla is arguably one of the most influential and powerful men in the world. Forbes ranked him as 21st on their list of the most powerful people in the world in 2016.
However, while the quote from the Guns of August was strange by itself, Musk didn’t end it there. He also quoted “nine rings for mortal men,” which comes from the Lord of the Rings.
His fans were quick to comment and speculate as to what he meant with the cryptic Tweets. One user said, “Elon is trying to tell us something important! What is it?”
Another stated, “Something big and significant is coming and happening….”
“I know what’s coming, it’s all laid out before us, this book the perfect story for what about to take place.” said another.
“I assume Mr. Musk is insinuating that our future is a bleak one; perhaps WWIII is heading our way.” another comment read.
The quote comes from the opening portion of the book, which was written by Barbara W. Tuchman.
Musk hasn’t responded to the comments as of yet, leaving many to wonder what exactly he is referencing. With the recent events taking place in Afghanistan, some speculate we could be in the beginning stages of a major string of wars. Others feel like the Tweet could insinuate something far more insidious.
The Daily Mail reported that the “curious tweets come just days after Tesla unveiled an AI-powered robot that is designed so humans could physically overpower it if need be.”
The Tesla Bot, as Musk refers to it would be used to perform dangerous, repetitive, and boring work, and could eventually make physical labor obsolete. Musk has said numerous times that AI technology should be regulated by international law.