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First to hack iPhone, tech prodigy joins Musk’s Twitter to fix search function

Game recognizes game, and Elon Musk brings talent to Twitter after a mass layoffs at the social media company that followed his acquisition. George Hotz, who made a name for himself as one of the first people to jailbreak or hack iPhonejoined on a “12 week internship”.

The move came after Hotz shared an image of Musk’s post to his employees praising the attitude of the world’s richest man as the right way to achieve success. There were detractors commenting on the thread, and one person said, “Workers should be willing to serve as indentured servants forever and take as little capital as possible from those they enrich. This is hardcore. change.”

Hotz decided to put his money where his mouth is and offered to do a 12-week internship at Musk’s company at the cost of living in San Francisco. “It’s not about raising capital in a dead world, it’s about making the world alive,” Hotz said.

Musk replied, “Sure, let’s talk”.

Since then, more about Hotz’s work has surfaced on Twitter. He is working on improving the site’s search function. Hotz has a month to do so.

While working to fix the problem, Hotz shared more thoughts on Twitter’s advanced search feature and how it works.

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He shared a number of points, including “Searching ‘like’ and ‘seen’ tweets with a modifier should come up on the table, the fact that modifiers and advanced search should come up much better, and the need to moving away from exact text searches and towards embeddings”.

The latest addition has excited many, but there are some whose views of Musk and his handling of Twitter have influenced their opinion of Hotz. His tweet asking for suggestions got some unsavory replies, to which Hotz said, “I’m an intern trying to improve search, whatever feelings you have about Twitter and Elon aren’t about me.”

Musk wrote in the same thread, “Welcome to Twitter!”

Hotz may have only recently come to work for Musk, but the innovator had had his eye on the tech prodigy for some time. Hotz – who also developed comma.ai – was asked for help by Musk Tesla’s self-driving technology. At the time, however, Hotz felt that Musk kept amending the deal and is known to famously reply to him, “I’m not looking for a job. I’ll call you if I crush Mobileye.” Mobileye provides Tesla with most of its self-driving technology.

Musk’s newest addition is a man who claims to live by morality. “I live by morals, I don’t live by laws. Laws are something made by assholes,” he said said during a New Yorker profile. They had done a story on Hotz when he was 22 and just had the PlayStation3 and released the software for others to use.

He studied briefly at the Rochester Institute of Technology and then enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University. Hotz had also briefly worked at SpaceX – another Musk venture – for four months.

Musk’s drive for excellence finds reflection in Hotz, according to his LinkedIn bio who cheekily riffs on the pokemon theme song to say “I wanna be the very best like no one ever was”.

With the ‘chief Twit’ hiring people who somewhat annoyed him in the past, it now remains to be seen whether the man tracking Musk’s private jet also gets a job at Twitter.

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