Elon Musk has been given TIME Magazine‘s inaugural title of “Person of the Year” for 2021. Musk is a pioneer in multiple fronts of innovation, leading the development of electric vehicles through Tesla, Space exploration through SpaceX, brain-machine interfaces through Neuralink, urban restructuring through The Boring Company, and more.
TIME begins in its announcement letter with a brief introduction:
“The richest man in the world does not own a house and has recently been selling off his fortune. He tosses satellites into orbit and harnesses the sun; he drives a car he created that uses no gas and barely needs a driver. With a flick of his finger, the stock market soars or swoons. An army of devotees hangs on his every utterance. He dreams of Mars as he bestrides Earth, square-jawed and indomitable. Lately, Elon Musk also likes to live-tweet his poops,”
According to the magazine, the honor is given to somebody “who affected the news or our lives the most, for better, or worse,” and Musk was chosen “for creating solutions to an existential crisis, for embodying the possibilities and the perils of the age of tech titans, and for driving society’s most daring and disruptive transformations,” said TIME magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal. “Person of the Year is a marker of influence, and few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth, too.”
Other announcements by TIME magazine include Olivia Rodrigo as its “Entertainer of the Year,” U.S.A. gymnast Simone Biles as “Athlete of the Year” and COVID-19 vaccine scientists Kizzmekia Corbett, Barney Graham, Katalin Kariko, and Drew Weissman as “Heroes of the Year.” Last year’s title for “Person of the Year” was jointly given to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in a tradition that stretches back to 1927.
Head over to the TIME website for the full editorial on Elon Musk.
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