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四大相似之处!这次“钢铁侠”可能找到了真命天女

David Z. Morris 2018年05月22日

即使你不关心八卦和音乐,透过马斯克的新恋情,也能帮助你一窥当代伟大科技梦想家的内心世界。

上周初,特斯拉公司首席执行官埃隆·马斯克和艺名格莱姆斯的歌手(真名克莱尔·布歇)约会疯传网络。消息传出几小时后,两人就一同出席了纽约大都会艺术博物馆慈善晚宴Met Gala。一些更关心商界的看客可能对马斯克和格莱姆斯交往有点不解:虽然她也坐拥大批粉丝,但还算不上家喻户晓。

其实这两人有很多共同点,即使你不关心八卦和音乐,透过马斯克的新恋情,也能帮助你一窥当代最伟大科技梦想家的内心世界。接下来我们一一分析这对情侣的相似之处。

他们一步一个脚印成就个人事业

马斯克上大学时读的物理专业,后来辍学创业成立了线上城市导航公司Zip2。把Zip2卖给康柏电脑公司之后,马斯克创立第三方支付服务商PayPal。卖掉PayPal得来的钱又成为特斯拉和Space X的启动资金。

格莱姆斯也是一步步慢慢开拓个人事业。她先是低调发行了一张专辑Geidi Primes,很少有人知道这张专辑,而且还是以具有强烈怀旧复古气息的卡带形式发行。而后,她推出了一张略经打磨的专辑Visions,由此开始向更优秀的作品迈进。

他们都是最耀眼的核心人物

虽然马斯克时不时感谢帮助自己获得各项成就的工程师和高管们,但他的公众形象气场太过强大,多数时候功臣们都被掩盖在他的光环之下。格莱姆斯更像在玩单人乐队:她早期的作品在卧室里录制,然后上传到MySpace个人空间。她甚至自己到处巡回表演,现场用电子合成效果伴奏。

他们都来自未来

马斯克和格莱姆斯都热爱科技和外太空(或者可称为沉迷)。据报道,两人结识部分源于和人工智能有关的一个玩笑。格莱姆斯的专辑Geidi Primes 取自美国科幻小说家弗兰克·赫伯特系列作品《沙丘》中一个虚构星球的名字。马斯克给SpaceX旗下两艘回收船命名时则取材于另一位科幻小说家伊恩·M·班克斯的作品。而班克斯可以说是赫伯特衣钵传人。格莱姆斯具有回音效果的电子音乐很适合火星上的迪厅里播放,火星又是马斯克希望建立殖民地的地方。

他们都不怕失败,也不讳言败绩

马斯克出了名喜欢宏大目标,即使最后没实现也能圆场。最近马斯克又遇上了同样的麻烦,因为特斯拉Model S没达到生产目标。他承认主要是他自己的问题。但同样是追求宏大目标,Space X上周五取得有里程碑式意义的重大成功:发射并回收了猎鹰9号运载火箭Block 5。火箭执行发射任务期间,格莱姆斯还曾出现在Space X的发射控制室里。

格莱姆斯也有出人意表之举。2014年,她为Visions之后的新专辑推出新单曲,有些粉丝对其中一首不满意,她索性放弃原作品,调整了整张专辑的风格。她最终于2015年发行专辑Art Angels,进一步凸显她骨子里的非主流音乐基因,同时挺进了流行音乐界,获得圈内外一致称赞。

现在还不清楚马斯克和格莱姆斯对这段感情的认真程度,将来会怎么发展(毕竟马斯克过去的感情经历不算很好)。但是两人肯定有很多彼此吸引的地方,起码有一点,马斯克很喜欢非主流音乐,从大卫·鲍伊的摇滚到墨西哥街头乐队都爱听。(龙8国际|官网)

译者:Pessy

审稿:夏林

 

Early last week, news that Tesla CEO Elon Musk was dating the musician Grimes took the internet by storm—and just hours later, they showed up together at the Met Gala. Some onlookers more focused on the business world might have been a bit puzzled —despite a passionate fanbase, Grimes (whose real name is Claire Boucher) is hardly a household name.

But the two have a lot in common, and even if you don’t care about gossip or music, the relationship offers some insight into one of the greatest technological visionaries of our age. Here’s why.

They Built Their Careers One Step At A Time

Musk’s first company, started after he dropped out of graduate school for physics, was an online city guide called Zip2. Selling Zip2 to Compaq allowed him to build PayPal, whose sale in turn funded Tesla and SpaceX.

Grimes, similarly, expanded her palette bit by bit, starting with the very lo-fi album Geidi Primes, which was so obscure its first release was on cassette—part of a nostalgic revival of the format. That built to the slightly more polished album Visions, then onward towards even bigger things.

They’re The Star of Their Own Show

Though Musk occasionally nods to the huge staff of engineers and execs that have helped him accomplish so much, his public profile is so immense that they mostly stay in the shadows. Grimes is more literally a one-person-band: her early works were recorded in her bedroom and uploaded to MySpace. She has even toured extensively by herself, using electronics to recreate her songs live.

They Come From the Future

Elon and Grimes are both preoccupied (or maybe obsessed) with technology and outer space. According to reports, they connected in part through an obscure joke about artificial intelligence. Boucher’s Geidi Primes album was named after a fictional planet in Frank Herbert’s classic Dune novels, and Musk named SpaceX’s two drone ships in honor of sci-fi novelist Iain M. Banks, arguably Herbert’s most worthy successor. And Grimes’ echoey, electronic sound would fit right in at a dance club on Mars—where Musk wants to build a colony.

They’re Not Afraid to Fail—And Then Talk About It

Musk is notorious for setting goals so ambitious that, even when he falls short, he winds up somewhere pretty cool. Lately, that has gotten him in apparently serious trouble for badly missing production goals for Tesla’s Model 3, which he admits was largely his fault. But the same ambition led to a landmark moment for SpaceX last Friday with the launch and recovery of the Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket—during which it appears Boucher was hanging out in the SpaceX control room.

Grimes seems to be made of similar stuff. In 2014, when fans were disappointed by an early song from the album that was going to follow Visions, Boucher scrapped the workshe’d done and took the whole project in a new direction. What she wound up with was 2015’s Art Angels, an album that hewed closer to her offbeat roots while still pushing into pop territory—and won her almost universal acclaim.

It’s unclear how serious the Boucher-Musk pairing is, or where it might be headed (and Musk doesn’t have the best record with relationships). But they’ve got a lot going for them, including, last but not least, Musk’s obvious fondness for offbeat music, from David Bowie to mariachi.

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