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Musk v Zuckerberg: Florence mayor proposes ‘match of minds’

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The mayor of Florence is asking on tech billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg to swap a spectacle of fisticuffs for a battle of wits within the birthplace of the Renaissance.

The Silicon Valley bigwigs have been proposing to combat one another in a charity match after every launched into intense health regimes a couple of years in the past.

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Musk is in talks with the Italian authorities about internet hosting his proposed cage combat with the Fb founder at a historic website, however Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, says a conflict of concepts can be extra civil.

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“Let’s have a match of minds, of intelligence, not a bodily, muscular duel,” Nardella mentioned in Sunday’s La Repubblica.

There was rising hypothesis that the Colosseum can be probably the most apt venue for such titans of the tech world, however Gennaro Sangiuliano, Italy’s tradition minister, has dominated it out.

“It is not going to be held in Rome,” he mentioned.

In response, Nardella mentioned he was ready to step as much as the duty.

“I’m prepared to prepare a conflict of concepts and visions for the long run within the Piazza della Signoria… one thing utterly totally different that brings to thoughts the 1504 duel between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.”

The 2 rival creative geniuses confronted off in Florence as a part of a legendary formal competitors in 1504, with every commissioned to color large murals of battles displaying Florentine victories on reverse partitions of the Palazzo Vecchio nice corridor.

Leonardo da Vinci had simply began to color the Mona Lisa and was 51 on the time, whereas Michelangelo Buonarroti was 23 years his junior and nonetheless ending his sculpture of David. Neither murals have been accomplished ultimately, however the two mens’ mutual loathing and potential duel made historical past.

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Nardella, 47, mentioned holding a cheesy gladiator-style occasion in an historical Roman website risked spreading unsavoury cultural stereotypes and elevating subjects like slavery and Roman persecution of the Christians, a lot of whom have been tortured and sentenced to horrible deaths in Roman arenas.

As an alternative, the 2 might check their psychological fortitude in entrance of Palazzo Vecchio on issues comparable to  “synthetic intelligence, digital language, globalization [which is] way more fascinating than beating on one another contained in the Colosseum”.

The proposal is more likely to please the SpaceX founder’s mom, Maye Musk, who tweeted in June that her son and Mr Zuckerberg ought to “combat with phrases solely. In arm chairs. 4 toes aside. The funniest individual wins”.

Earlier this week, the Meta Platforms founder and chief govt didn’t verify a location had been discovered, however reiterated his readiness for a bodily contest, noting he was not “holding his breath” for Mr Musk to comply with a date.

“I like this sport and I’ve been able to combat because the day Elon challenged me,” he mentioned on Threads. “If he ever agrees on an precise date, you’ll hear it from me. Till then, please assume something he says has not been agreed on.”