George Hotz is best known for unlocking iPhone carrier lock and hack 3 game console. Now, Elon Musk has set him the most important technical challenge: Fix Twitter in three months. Okay, not all. He was hired to fix Twitter’s currently broken bug search function.
Musk previously tried to hire hackers for Tesla, but they had a fall out on working conditions. Hotz later founded Comma AI, a company that developed a competitive software against Tesla’s autopilot AI. musk afterwards strengthen with him in 2015 about whether a person or a small company (like Comma AI) that “lacks broad technical validation” can create autonomous driving software that can be used in real cars. At the time, he clearly didn’t think an upstart like Hotz could beat an industry giant like Tesla, but it seems Musk has changed his mind dramatically since then. Now, he’s hired Hotz to fix something that would have taken an entire engineering team. Character Growth: We love seeing it.
It all started when Hotz praise musk for giving up on anyone who didn’t want to work at the “tough” Twitter. A Twitter user shown that he was advocating indentured slavery, and Hotz responded by offer to sign a contract with yourself nothing but the cost of living in San Francisco. musk express interest in what was probably the cheapest tech help he could get, and the rest is history. Kotaku reached out to Hotz to ask why he wasn’t asking for a full-time position, but had not heard back at the time of publication.
Hotz has big plans for his 12 weeks at Twitter. He wants to escape login popup that shows if you have scrolled too long. He wants to improve the relation of search results. Regardless of whether he succeeds or not, Hotz has proven one thing for sure: He’s the dumbest idiot in the tech world.
After all, there were signs that Hotz couldn’t replace the entire team. Hotz is now the main character on tech Twitter for trying call engineers for free help. As some have pointed out, it’s not cool for one of the biggest tech companies in Silicon Valley to ask for volunteer workers, especially after the Musk case. Fired much full time engineer who could have helped him with this project. Kotaku reached out to ask Twitter if Hotz would replace the recently laid-off engineers, but had not received a response at the time of publication.
At least, Hotz follows the Silicon Valley tradition of trying to fix things the average user doesn’t care about. “If I get rid of the pop-up, I still consider my internship a win,” Hotz tweeted. “I have a Chrome extension on my laptop that blocks it.”