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Elon Musk Photographed with Neuralink Director and Their Twins, Unveiling a Private Aspect of His Life

Elon Musk Photographed with Neuralink Director and Their Twins, Unveiling a Private Aspect of His Life


Biographer Walter Isaacson provided a glimpse into Elon Musk’s personal life, shedding light on his relationship with Shivon Zilis. Zilis, a director at Musk’s brain-chip company, has discreetly welcomed a set of twins with the billionaire entrepreneur.

Author Walter Isaacson offered a glimpse into Elon Musk’s personal life, particularly his relationship with Shivon Zilis, a director at Neuralink and the mother of two of Musk’s children, in an excerpt from his forthcoming biography on the Tesla CEO.

 

Elon Musk Photographed with Neuralink Director and Their Twins, Unveiling a Private Aspect of His Life
Elon Musk Photographed with Neuralink Director and Their Twins, Unveiling a Private Aspect of His Life

 

Isaacson, who has been closely following Musk for approximately three years, shared a photograph on X (formerly Twitter) showing Musk and Zilis with their twin children, who were 16 months old at the time, seated on their laps.

Previously, Insider was the first to report that Musk had discreetly become the father of twins with Zilis in November 2021. Reuters later disclosed that Zilis informed her colleagues at Neuralink that they had conceived the children through in vitro fertilization and did not have a romantic relationship. Elon Musk is known to have nine living children.

Musk’s relationship with Zilis has largely remained out of the public eye. Zilis joined Neuralink in 2017 as the Director of Operations and Special Projects, as indicated on her LinkedIn profile. She also served as an advisor and subsequently a board member at OpenAI from 2016 until March when she stepped down from the AI company’s board of directors, as reported by The Information.

Isaacson revealed that the photograph was taken during a meeting to which Musk had invited him at Zilis’ residence in Austin, Texas.

In March, Musk sent me a text message that read, ‘There are a few important things I would like to talk to you about. Can only be done in person,'” Walter Isaacson wrote in an excerpt from his biography on Musk, which was published in Time Magazine. Musk suggested that they leave their phones inside the house during their meeting because he believed that someone could use them to eavesdrop on their conversation. However, he later agreed to let Isaacson use his insights about AI in his book.

During their meeting, Musk discussed his concerns about AI with Isaacson, highlighting the rapid development of AI on a trajectory that collided with a perceived “leveling off” in human intelligence, which Musk attributed to declining human birth rates.

Isaacson reflected on the peculiar setting, describing how they sat on a suburban patio by a serene backyard swimming pool on a sunny spring day, with two bright-eyed twins learning to toddle, while Musk somberly contemplated the window of opportunity for establishing a sustainable human colony on Mars before an AI-driven apocalypse threatened the existence of human civilization.

Isaacson concluded that this conversation marked the genesis of Musk’s latest venture, x.AI, which he officially unveiled in July. Musk has articulated the company’s mission as seeking to uncover “the true nature of the universe.” It is poised to compete with other AI giants such as OpenAI and Google.


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