Last night, at this year's Met Gala, a celebrity couple so bizarre was unveiled that it almost took the attention away from Rihanna’s pearl-encrusted Pope outfit (almost).
Yesterday marked the first, fittingly odd, public outing of billionaire SpaceX and Telsa founder Elon Musk and his new girlfriend, Canadian electro pop artist Grimes, who have reportedly been “quietly dating” for a month.
Eschewing the night’s Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination theme (which few have bothered commenting on, as there are clearly more pressing matters at hand), 46-year-old Musk donned a Tesla pin. Thirty-year-old Grimes, meanwhile, wore a Tesla choker, which only added credence to the floating theory that she is in fact an AI robot and that his matching pin was actually a tiny control device that was linked to her neckwear.
The (admittedly weird) sight of Musk and Grimes was met with confusion (and a few grimaces) but, after the initial, knee-jerk response, once you let it sink in, it is a celebrity coupling that possibly makes more sense that anything else currently going on in our mad world. They both seem to have a robot/alien hybrid thing going on, and even if they are actually human beings, they are definitely human beings with an affinity for robots and aliens.
Their 'how we met' story is almost too good to be true: Musk first met Grimes after he decided to tweet a niche joke about artificial intelligence but discovered Grimes had already made it a whole three years before
Musk has also shown himself to be a big fan of Grimes’ (real name Claire Boucher) music. In March this year, he tweeted a link of her and Janelle Monáe’s Venus Fly music video, saying, “Best music video art I’ve seen in a while.” Since then, the two have been tweeting back and forth, making jokes about space and comets (of course).
Their “how we met” story is almost too good to be true: Musk first met Grimes after he decided to tweet a niche joke about artificial intelligence but discovered Grimes had already made it a whole three years before.
The gist is this: Roko's Basilisk is a thought experiment that questions the risks of AI, hypothesising a world where robot overlords take over the world. Rococo is an exuberantly decorative style from the end of the French baroque period. "Rococo Basilisk" was one of the characters created by Grimes in 2015 for her video for 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.”
Musk has the same idea of merging the two concepts, too, for a pun. A source says: “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. Grimes said this was the first time in three years that anyone understood the joke. They were both poking fun at AI.”
Confused? So are we. But what does make some semblance of sense is this ridiculous and yet "kind of obvious now you think about it" pairing.