Update, March 23, 2020: The promised ventilators remain to be seen, but Elon Musk did indeed deliver 50,000 N95 masks to a University of Washington researcher on March 22. He had originally promised 250,000; it is possible others have been distributed elsewhere.
Update, March 29, 2020: Tesla apparently (Update, April 4, 2020: see next update) ordered ventilators from China and is giving some to Los Angeles and some to New York City. It is apparently preparing to manufacture its own ventilators in Buffalo, New York, which it will also donate.
Update April 4, 2020: Elon Musk donated CPAP machines—used to treat sleep apnea—rather than the type of ventilators hospitals need to treat COVID-19.
I have to say that I just don’t handle Elon Musk well.
First, I want to focus on substance rather than personality. But he surfaces in part through an unsettling and bizarre combination of arrogance—even a weirdly well-intentioned cruelty—persistence and audacity, sometimes, as I have previously noted, not really very logically, but nonetheless inescapably. I can recognize the merits of a case study here, but the thought of actually conducting it repulses me entirely.