Does Society Really Need More Elon Musks?

Hosted by Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen

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Will technology — and the people who make it — lead us into a better future? Or a worse one? This week on “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts discuss Elon Musk, techno-optimism and the manifesto taking Silicon Valley by storm. Plus, we learn that Ross wears dad drag.

(A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)

Credit…Illustration by The New York Times; Photograph by Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Mentioned in this episode:

  • “The Techno-Optimist Manifesto,” by Marc Andreessen

  • “Elon Musk,” by Walter Isaacson

  • “Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future,” by Elizabeth Kolbert

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Follow our hosts on X: Michelle Cottle (@mcottle), Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT), Carlos Lozada (@CarlosNYT) and Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen).

“Matter of Opinion” is produced by Sophia Alvarez Boyd, Phoebe Lett and Derek Arthur. It is edited by Alison Bruzek. Mixing by Pat McCusker. Original music by Carole Sabouraud, Isaac Jones and Pat McCusker. Our fact-checking team is Kate Sinclair, Mary Marge Locker and Michelle Harris. Audience strategy by Shannon Busta and Kristina Samulewski. Our executive producer is Annie-Rose Strasser.

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