Elon Musk is well known for his adventures in to the unknown. Besides being the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and the Boring Company (among others), Musk comes up with unique ideas and inventions that shakes the planet. Recently, SpaceX launched the world’s most powerful rocket to outer space. But that’s not all’ what’s cool is that the rocket carried Musk’s personal car, a Tesla Roadster, along with a dummy driver playing a David Bowie soundtrack.
While many are heralding it as the new Space Age, such achievements are just a day in the life of Elon Musk. That payment app you keep running to – PayPal? Musk has his hands behind that. Thoughts about changing the world and humanity? Musk has you covered. Global warming? Check. Earth becoming inhabitable? Musk has plans to set up a colony on Mars.
Bringing fiction to reality is a distinct feature of Elon Musk. While the whole planet thought that flying cars are the future and airplanes are the fastest means of transport, Musk introduced the Hyperloop. The Hyperloop consists of a system of tubes through which pods are designed to travel at very high speeds, without any air resistance or friction. The pods can carry passengers or freight. India is one of the countries with plans to set up Hyperloop travel system. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies are in the process of signing a Letter of Intent with the Indian government for a proposed route between Chennai and Bengaluru. The 345km journey between the cities could be completed in about 30 minutes. HTT also signed an agreement with Andhra Pradesh government to build the country’s first Hyperloop project between Amaravathi to Vijayawada. The distance can be covered in six minutes.
As for saving the planet, Musk is ahead of many of us. While many of us dream of an alien invasion or a zombie apocalypse, Musk is more worried about the dangers of artificial intelligence. He believes that if left and developed unchecked, AI has the potential to destroy humanity. The founder and CEO of Neuralink once told his staff: “Maybe there's a five to 10 percent chance of success [of making AI safe],” after showing them a documentary on AI,” reports Rolling Stone. Musk also invested in DeepMind in order to keep tracks on Google’s development on AI, calling on to companies to slow down AI development, so that they don’t unintentionally create anything unwanted.
“Between Facebook, Google and Amazon – and arguably Apple, but they seem to care about privacy – they have more information about you than you can remember,” he told Rolling Stone.
In December 2016, Musk was ranked 21st in the Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People and as of January 2018, he is the 53rd richest person on earth. With such a vision we can only hope that Elon brings us more of the sci-fi stuff we see in movies, in to our own hands.
But not all of Musk's exploits come out fruitful. His companies are known to miss deadlines. And the new Flamethrower that The Boring Company launched? Sorry to burst your bubble but it's not what you were thinking. The Flamethrower is just an overpriced blowtorch which Musk himself, admits is useful for roasting nuts. Seriously, you can get one for a measly 600 bucks - minus the fancy looks.