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David Gilet, Byron Bay

Normally I would agree with anything written by Robin Harrison, but I cannot agree with his assessment of Elon Musk in last week’s Echo (Letters, 10 February).

Genius he may be, but it seems to me that everything done by Elon Musk is motivated by a chronic need for attention.

His ventures into space may one day add to scientific knowledge, but at the moment they seem more to be advancing only applied science, that is technology rather than abstract human knowledge (same goes for Richard Branson).

Elon Musk could do a lot more for the world if he turned his attention, his ‘genius’, to problems like removing all the plastic from the oceans or some other environmental task that would really help the world. I am really surprised that someone normally as astute as Robin Harrison has been taken in by the Musk publicity machine.


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