Is Elon Musk and Tesla Motors the new Tech Messiah?
Anyone who would criticize this man's wonderful car or company, and suggest that they may be unsafe and violate vehicle owners' privacy is certainly a crackpot?
Maybe those people who question the wisdom of built in internet connectivity for a 3,000 pound passenger vehicle driven on interstate highways; should stick to riding bicycles and wearing aluminum foil hats to protect themselves from their own paranoia?
Consider this before you make such judgments:
The U.S. Military has been involved in the internet almost since its very birth. It is fair to say that they (the defense department) have spend more money on internet security, encryption, and Secure IT infrastructure, than the gross domestic product of several small countries combined. Yet the Defense department's internet connected computers and devices get hacked fairly regularly; probably more than DOD would like to make public.
What makes you think that Mr Musk's relatively meager spending and expertise in network security will be sufficient protect us in our internet connected, computer operated vehicles , barreling down crowded interstates; from malicious internet based hacks?
We are not advocating that the vehicle should be non-connectable to the internet, we are advocating that it not contain the physical hardware that would allow it to connect to the internet on it's own, without the authorized user, physically connecting their I-phone or other internet connected device and routing that internet connection to the vehicle.
This is all relatively new technology for automobiles and in fact there is already precedent where an automobile manufacturer has; without the consent and knowledge of automobile owners/drivers, engaged in active surveillance of those vehicles which all contained hard wired network transceivers that the owner or driver of the vehicle could NOT physically disconnect from the operating system of the vehicle.
In fact a U.S. Senator had called for FTC hearing regarding this incident.
I read so many comments about Mr. Musk and his company Tesla that describe him / them almost in terms of a modern day technology messiah. It reminds me of the same hype that people drooled over when Google was the the hot tech company and their corporate slogan was “Don't be Evil”, which slowly morphed to incorporate a “Sliding Scale of Evil”.
So when will this new “Messiah” (Musk) be branded a “Demon”? After the congressional investigations that will show Tesla Motors violated people's privacy in “GM OnStar Style”? Or after X number of people are burned alive in Tesla vehicles in “Ford Pinto Style”