Elon Musk is a billionaire beloved by nerds, fanboys, fangirls, environmentalists, space-travel enthusiasts and more. Grimes is a weird indie chick. Now they’re together. When I saw this news on Monday, I didn’t think much of it, mostly because I didn’t really have a concept of who Grimes really is. Generation X and Generation Xennial, here’s the comparison for all of us: the Grimes-Musk coupling would be like, in 1995, Steve Jobs suddenly started dating Kim Deal from The Pixies or Shirley Manson from Garbage. Now do you get it? It’s actually a BFD. And it’s weird. So, Elon Musk brought his new girlfriend Grimes to the Met Gala. She wore a Tesla choker. MY GOD. But how did they even get together? Behold, this utterly bizarre Page Six item announcing their coupledom ahead of the Met Gala:
Elon Musk has been keeping everyone guessing about his love life, but sources exclusively revealed to Page Six that he has been quietly dating hip musician Grimes. A source tells us the pair met around a month ago online, of course, through a joke Musk had planned to tweet but discovered Grimes had already made, dealing with the complications of artificial intelligence.
Thought experiment Roko’s Basilisk considers the hypothesis of a future where AI lords over the world and could punish those who did not help it into existence. His joke was to merge this thought experiment with a pun using “Rococo,” referring to the ornate French 18th century baroque style, perhaps pointing out that both concepts are complex, too extreme and ridiculous. And while this takes some explaining, arty performer Grimes was already in on the same joke — three years ahead of Musk. In 2015, she created a character named “Rococo Basilisk” for a video of her song “Flesh Without Blood.” “I don’t know if you’ve heard of Roko’s Basilisk,” she told Fuse. “[This character] is doomed to be eternally tortured by an artificial intelligence, but she’s also kind of like Marie Antoinette.”
“Elon was researching the idea of joking about Rococo Basilisk, and when he saw Grimes had already joked about it, he reached out to her,” says the insider. “Grimes said this was the first time in three years that anyone understood the joke. They were both poking fun at AI.”
SpaceX and Tesla founder Musk has been very public in his past fandom for Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher. He tweeted out her artsy video with Janelle Monae for the song “Venus Fly” this past March, adding “Best music video art I’ve seen in a while.” Grimes was a double major in psychology and philosophy, with minors in Russian and electro-acoustics before she dropped out of school to follow her music career.
I mean… either they’re perfect for each other or they’ll end up killing each other and then their brains will be donated to science so they can live on as cyborgs. I kind of thought Elon liked model-beautiful blonde women, but maybe he and Grimes have a special connection. Also: Amber Heard was at the Met Gala too. I wonder if they ran into each other. I wonder if it was awkward.
elon musk is dating grimes because they both made the same terrible, nerd ass pun on twitter which on one hand is extremely relatable but on the other hand it makes them the worst people on planet earth and they should be imprisoned
— maple cocaine (@historyinflicks) May 7, 2018
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