Steve Wozniak slammed Elon Musk for being dishonest during an interview with CNBC on Thursday. The Apple co-founder said Musk is similar to Steve Jobs because they both wanted to be “a kind of cult leader”.
Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak took a dig at Elon Musk during an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Thursday.
Wozniak told Andrew Ross Sorkin that he thinks Musk and his late friend Steve Jobs are “very similar” when it comes to convincing people to believe in their products — but added that the similarities end there.
Wozniak said, “I put them in the category of having the ability to communicate and to look like an important person and to look like a cultured leader.” Jobs. “A lot of people will follow him no matter what he says.”
Wozniak, who is credited with designing Apple’s early computers, also said he believes Musk lacks integrity.
Wozniak said, “My life is based on complete honesty.” “Everything you say is completely honest. You don’t hide things. You don’t make things up. You don’t make yourself look better. And there’s a lot of honesty when you look at Elon Musk and Tesla.”
The Apple co-founder said Musk and Tesla “robbed” his family of money because of the company’s claims of self-driving technology. Wozniak said he bought a Tesla in 2016 under the belief that the car would soon be able to drive itself across the country – possibly because of Musk’s claim.
But even after spending $50,000 to upgrade his car with better cameras and sensors, the car still can’t travel cross-country autonomously. Tesla’s cars require a licensed driver to monitor the self-driving software at all times.
Ultimately, Wozniak said he admires Tesla’s efforts to accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars. He is “a little tired” of Musk’s ability to “speak in marketing terms” which he sees as “dishonest”.
A spokeswoman for Musk and Tesla did not respond to a request for comment prior to publication.
Wozniak has dissed Musk in the past. In 2018, Insider reported that Wozniak said he “doesn’t believe anything Elon Musk or Tesla says” after the company’s claims of full self-driving in a marketing video. Earlier this year, Reuters reported that the same video was at least partially staged.
In 2018, Tesla settled a class action lawsuit that cited the same 2016 video. The lawsuit alleged that the video was misleading. Over the past few years, Musk’s company has come under scrutiny from regulators over the marketing of self-driving software and services.
Original Content @ Yahoo News