Ben Baller has proclaimed he’s the best jeweler in the world. That might be subjective, but what isn’t subjective is how good the ring he made for Musk is. Baller is an incredibly rich celebrity jeweler with a net worth of over a hundred million, and his star is only on the rise thanks to the custom Tesla ring (made of rubies and diamonds) that Musk ordered.
Musk ordered the ring special, and Baller spent who knows how long handcrafting it. The Tesla logo is made of trillion-cut diamonds, and custom-cut baguettes (not the bread) spell out “TESLA” on the back.
The Future of Life
Created to try and avoid nightmare scenarios where humanity's technology takes over (such as “Terminator” or “I, Robot,” though both of those are somewhat sensational examples), The Future of Life Institution wants to make sure we use technology to preserve life, not end it. It's a non-profit org that wants to keep humanity on the path of growth and flourishing, not self-destruction.
It's a goal that Musk agrees with, and he donated ten million dollars to the Institute in 2015. He hopes that the big donation will keep artificial intelligence beneficial for humanity.
Keeping an Eye on the Big Companies
The Future of Life Institute monitors AI made by companies like Apple, Facebook, IBM, and more, and they're there to act as whistleblowers in the event of red flags. Musk has never been a fan of artificial intelligence, and “Vanity Fair” even described him as being on a crusade to stop an artificial intelligence apocalypse.
Richard Dawkins and the late Stephen Hawking also invested in the institute. The goals of the institute include kickstarting A.I. Safety research and making the idea of A.I. safety more mainstream.
Canceling a Meeting with the Jeweler
Musk and Ben Baller were supposed to meet up after Baller had finished crafting the ring, but the famous jeweler announced that Musk had canceled the meeting. What was the reason? Well, according to Baller, Musk was angry that Baller had posted about a problem he had with his Tesla Model X on Instagram.
It wasn't even something like a check engine light keeps coming on – Baller got stuck inside the vehicle and had to escape out through the trunk. We don't care who you are, that's funny.
The Big Building
While Musk's long-term plans are to own no homes, that's a little easier said than done. A lot of his money is tied up in real estate, so despite the plan's publicized nature, he is getting things done slowly. One of the pieces of property he has sold was a mansion in Bel-Air worth a little under thirty million dollars.
The home was purchased for seventeen million originally, and after that, he had six more other mansions in Bel-Air to sell off. That is...a lot of mansions. He's actually said he wants people to stop attacking him for being a billionaire, and that apparently means selling his many homes.