“Do you have a sec to talk? My cell is ...” says the now deleted tweet from Elon Musk to John Carmack. Carmack is currently CTO of Oculus, but he is an owner of a Tesla Model S and has expressed interest in rockets in the past. One can only imagine why Elon Musk needed to chat with Carmack. It could be regarding a collaboration between Oculus and Tesla or it could have been Musk recruiting Carmack to come join one of his many companies. SpaceX, the private space travel company, might be an interesting place for Carmack to land.
For now, John Carmack is still at Oculus. Elon Musk deleted the tweet, but not after blasting it to over 16 million of his Twitter followers. Bloomberg reports that a call placed to the phone number that Musk tweeted on Tuesday played a voicemail message from God of War. “By the Gods you’ve done it,” the message intones. “Somehow you’ve found your way here to me. I offer you my congratulations and my respect.”
Musk operates several companies where Carmack could fit in. OpenAI and Neuralink are two companies focused on artificial intelligence, The Boring Company is laying the groundwork for potential Hyperloop subways, Tesla Motors is advancing self-driving car technology with machine learning and computer vision and SpaceX is currently pushing humanity towards the colonization of Mars. It is easy to see John Carmack's brilliant mind fit in at any of those companies, but a Facebook spokeswoman said Carmack doesn’t plan to leave the company.
It is entirely possible that Elon simply wanted to chat with John Carmack about Star Wars or Rocket Jump: Quake and the Golden Age of First-Person Shooters. The only thing that we know for sure is that Elon Musk needs to be more careful when he slides into DMs in the future.