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Elon Musk: Visionary or Nutjob?

Fef 2012/07/17 02:12:03
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Elon Musk has big ideas -- very, very big ideas. And Elon Musk has the gravitas that attracts serious attention to his big ideas. Musk helped make PayPal, Tesla Motor Co., and SpaceX realities. Trevor Gilbert reports for PandoDaily.com with three ideas that Musk sees in the future:

1. An electric-powered jet. According to Musk, there are some serious drawbacks for rocket-powered jets, which could be rectified with an electric jet. Quicker take-offs and landing, faster speeds, and decreased drag.

2. Fusion. Musk believes that fusion power is a possibility for the future. A magnetic type of fusion, according to Musk, “a relatively standard type of fusion, if you will.”

3. The Hyperloop. Musk’s boldest idea is a fifth mode of transportation, which would displace the other modes of transportation (cars, trains, planes, boats). According to Musk, this would enable people to travel between LA and San Francisco in less than thirty minutes, would be self-sustaining, and would be cheaper.

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  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/07/18 01:23:59
    Visionary
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    It's close. But he has some ideas that could be explored.
  • gfreeman BN-0 2012/07/17 16:03:44
    Visionary
    gfreeman BN-0
    I thought this guy was a perfume.
  • Bob, the reasonable one 2012/07/17 14:03:49
    Visionary
    Bob, the reasonable one
    He's an inspiration!!
  • ☆ElenaDiamond☆ 2012/07/17 04:46:47
    Visionary
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    +1
    I'm going with visionary. Who knows what might be plausible in the future. Although the hyperloop is a bit of a stretch for me.
  • ETpro 2012/07/17 03:04:24
    What's the difference?
    ETpro
    We don't live in a digital world. Now step to it and hyperloop me to a fusion-powered future.
  • Tommy Trend 2012/07/17 02:35:13
    What's the difference?
    Tommy Trend
    I've seen the Tesla dealership in Newport Beach =P
  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2012/07/17 02:32:20
    Visionary
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +1
    He is very visionary and if you have visited and done business inside one of his facilities you'd see young and old engineers working to make real workable products in a clean modern environment There is a sense of pride among them and in Hawthorne Ca. new small businesses are springing up near SpaceX.

    Elon Musk is a winner! A fine example of the 1% creating products we need! Also Tesla is moving forward with production of a high end electric sports sedan. And that facility ummm an old GM plant that failed is going to be state of the art as well!

    Funny.....This guy delivers and gets NO government investment! He does have a NASA contract and so far has met all obligations at far less than other competitors. If like Solyndra he'd have gotten $450 Million from Obama he'd be employing more than the 1400 at SpaceX now. Up from 250 in 08. How many is Solyndra employing today?

    . tesla sedan
  • thezilch 2012/07/17 02:26:20 (edited)
    What's the difference?
    thezilch
    I think you have to be a little crazy to continue executing on brilliance. Of course, Musk surrounds himself with brilliant minds and stands on the shoulders of past innovation, but the guy nearly threw SpaceX away with one launch -- this launch failing would have left SpaceX without enough funding to do another.

    Here's the Fireside Chat, if you missed it:



    elon musk
  • Gregaj7 2012/07/17 02:25:30
    Visionary
    Gregaj7
    "Revenge Of The Electric Car".
  • Ramón Gregaj7 2012/07/17 03:02:55
    Ramón
    +1
    http://images.sodahead.com/pr...

    If electric cars had been continuously improved from this model, they would do everything better than and less expensively than gas or diesel. They were displaced because of short battery life, and cheap gas.
  • Gregaj7 Ramón 2012/07/17 03:13:54
    Gregaj7
    They were displaced due to greed and oil control. Rudolph Diesel being a prime example, on the wrong end of the equation.
  • Ramón Gregaj7 2012/07/17 03:14:51
    Ramón
    +1
    Yeah, that too, what I meant actually. Good correction.
  • Gregaj7 Ramón 2012/07/17 04:52:41
    Gregaj7
    Thanks.
  • James R... Ramón 2012/07/17 10:22:34
    James Rowntree
    Electric cars need electricity...generated by oil, gas, coal and nuclear...because so-called green power cannot support a modern energy based society. Wind and solar power are not able to do it...unless you kill off 99% of the population. Agenda 21 ?
  • Ramón James R... 2012/07/18 22:48:44
    Ramón
    http://israel21c.org/environm... I imagine that this type of battery could have been developed years ago if electric cars were a priority, rather than petrochemical based fuels.

    Thorium based reactors, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... - for safe nuclear fuels that were never developed effectively because the US needed unsafe nuclear reactors that created weapons grade radioative waste.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fi...
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2012/07/17 02:22:18
    Visionary
    flyingseaturtle BN
    I think he has interesting ideas. I am interested to know where he will take them ;-)
  • S and S 2012/07/17 02:17:55
  • HarleyCharley 2012/07/17 02:14:22
    What's the difference?
    HarleyCharley
    +1
    It is what it is....
  • Fef HarleyC... 2012/07/17 02:17:45

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