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Elon Musk

"The only thing I don't like about Musk is his anno..."



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Elon Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, inventor and investor. He is currently the CEO & CTO of SpaceX and CEO & Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors. He was an early investor in SpaceX, PayPal, Inc. Tesla Motors, and Zip2, and is widely considered a co-founder of each. He has also envisioned a conceptual high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop.

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img Musa Antis posted a review

Elon Musk is a genius blah blah. Yes he is, but just because he's a very successful entrepreneur, doesn't mean he's always right.

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HE's the future of America, if not the future of mankind.

on July 26, 2017

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SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company, which is still in the earliest stages of existence and has no public presence whatsoever, is centered on creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain, with the eventual purpose of helping human beings merge with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence. These enhancements could improve memory or allow for more direct interfacing with computing devices.

Musk has hinted at the existence of Neuralink a few times over the last six months or so. More recently, Musk told a crowd in Dubai, “Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.” He added that “it's mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output." On Twitter, Musk has responded to inquiring fans about his progress on a so-called “neural lace,” which is sci-fi shorthand for a brain-computer interface humans could use to improve themselves.

These types of brain-computer interfaces exist today only in science fiction. In the medical realm, electrode arrays and other implants have been used to help ameliorate the effects of Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative diseases. However, very few people on the planet have complex implants placed inside their skulls, while the number of patients with very basic stimulating devices number only in the tens of thousands. This is partly because it is incredibly dangerous and invasive to operate on the human brain, and only those who have exhausted every other medical option choose to undergo such surgery as a last resort.

This has not stopped a surge in Silicon Valley interest from tech industry futurists who are interested in accelerating the advancement of these types of far-off ideas. Kernel, a startup created by Braintree co-founder Bryan Johnson, is also trying to enhance human cognition. With more than $100 million of Johnson’s own money — the entrepreneur sold Braintree to PayPal for around $800 million in 2013 — Kernel and its growing team of neuroscientists and software engineers are working toward reversing the effects of neurodegenerative diseases and, eventually, making our brains faster and smarter and more wired.

“We know if we put a chip in the brain and release electrical signals, that we can ameliorate symptoms of Parkinson's,” Johnson told The Verge in an interview late last year. (Johnson also confirmed Musk’s involvement with Neuralink.) “This has been done for spinal cord pain, obesity, anorexia… what hasn’t been done is the reading and writing of neural code.” Johnson says Kernel’s goal is to “work with the brain the same way we work with other complex biological systems like biology and genetics.”

Kernel, to its credit, is quite upfront about the years of medical research necessary to better understand the human brain and pioneer new surgery techniques, software methods, and implant devices that could make a consumer brain-computer interface a reality. The Wall Street Journal says Neuralink was founded as a medical research company in California last July, which bolsters the idea that Musk will follow a similar route as Johnson and Kernel.

To be fair, the hurdles involved in developing these devices are immense. Neuroscience researchers say we have very limited understanding about how the neurons in the human brain communicate, and our methods for collecting data on those neurons is rudimentary. Then there’s the idea of people volunteering to have electronics placed inside their heads.

“People are only going to be amenable to the idea [of an implant] if they have a very serious medical condition they might get help with,” Blake Richards, a neuroscientist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto, told The Verge in an interview earlier this year. “Most healthy individuals are uncomfortable with the idea of having a doctor crack open their skull.”

on March 29, 2017

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2018 is next year. They haven't even sent anything near the Moon yet, nor have they a prototype rocket that is capable of reaching the Moon, let alone a manned spaceflight to the Moon. Elon Musk must be living in his fantasy land.

on February 28, 2017

img Michael Schaffner posted a review

I don't believe him for a second. Not even the gullible circlejerks believe him this time. SpaceX still has yet to launch a single Falcon Heavy, which is their only launch vehicle that could even conceivably do this. The Falcon Heavy first launch has slipped and slipped for at least the last five years, to the point that I'm not sure it will ever actually launch.

The first test launch was scheduled for November 2017 and first manned flight in May 2018. I'm not even sure that that manned flight is going to the International Space Station, let around going around the moon.

He's quite notorious for not following up on claims if you decide to look a bit into it. It's just that he makes so many claims that you remember the ones he followed up on but it's impossible for you to remember each one he lied about. And that's quite a clever strategy. It takes much more time to disprove everything he says than it takes for him to come up with something that gives him free publicity. He can say "I am going to do this and that in 2 years!" and gets free publicity and people will love him. And if he doesn't follow up on it, not many newspapers are going to write any articles about it because by that time he will have the public's attention elsewhere. He's a genius at marketing but that charade usually doesn't last forever, and I hope it won't be any different with Musk.

on February 28, 2017

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img Tim Floyd posted a review

This picture doesn't really do Elon Musk justice. He is not super handsome but he's okay. Tall, buffed, and what not. Almost as good looking as the young Steve Jobs.

on December 3, 2016

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img mela jane posted a review

his ideas are not crazy. Pioneers are always dismissed at first. Musk will send people to Mars once enough people understand that he has a safe and effective way of getting them there. He will prove a lot of doubters wrong over the next decade. He is ultimately a genius.

on October 13, 2016

Technology is a subsite that talks about cutting edge technology.

img Anonymous posted a review

Elon talks about things he hasn't and probably won't do. And lets say he's working on them, SHUT THE FUCK UP AND WORK ON THEM. It's smarter to underpromise and overdeliver, than to overpromise and underdeliver.

Elon, has great ambitions, but how about he keeps his nose to the grindstone and WORK. Fuck these predictions and presentations.

The truth is, and this is what bugs me. During the conference while people were getting mad because everyone was asking dumb questions. He said something very telling.

"you really wanna create the dream of mars in peoples minds"

He talks about how hes expecting the entertainment industry to hype it up. He himself is hyping it up with all these predictions, and some people eat this shit. And the problem is, some people don't. All he ever does it make new predictions like every other week.

Only extremely dumb investors would actually see ROI in SpaceX.

on October 5, 2016

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img Chris Mosendz posted a review

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has outlined his highly ambitious vision for manned missions to Mars, which he said could begin as soon as 2022 – three years sooner than his previous estimates.

However, the question of how such extravagantly expensive missions would be funded remains largely in the dark.

“What I really want to try to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible – like it’s something we can achieve in our lifetimes,” Musk told an audience in his keynote speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Tuesday.

He said there were “two fundamental paths” facing humanity today. “One is that we stay on Earth forever and then there will be an inevitable extinction event,” he said. “The alternative is to become a spacefaring civilization, and a multi-planetary species.”

In order to achieve this goal, Musk outlined a multi-stage launch and transport system, including a reusable booster – like the Falcon 9, which SpaceX has already successfully tested – only much larger. The booster, and the “interplanetary module” on top of it, would be nearly as long as two Boeing 747 aircraft. It could initially carry up to 100 passengers, he said.

The first ship to go to Mars, Musk said, would be named Heart of Gold as a tribute to the ship powered by an “infinite improbability drive” from Douglas Adams’ science fiction novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Similar modules, also launched using reusable boosters, would remain in Earth’s orbit to refuel the interplanetary craft to be able to use multiple trips, including to other parts of the solar system such as Enceladus, a moon of Saturn on which Nasa’s Cassini mission recently found evidence of a polar subsurface water ocean that could harbor life.

Musk also outlined a system by which fuel could be synthesized on Mars from water and carbon dioxide in order to fuel return journeys to Earth.

He estimated the current cost of sending someone to Mars at “around $10bn per person”, though it was not clear if he meant using existing rocket systems or on the initial flight of his proposed system. He said that there would be price improvements over time because of the reusability of the spacecraft, in-orbit refuelling and on-Mars propellant production that would reduce that cost by “orders of magnitude”.

But he made little attempt to solve the thorny problem of the initial cost of constructing the system. Suggesting possible revenue streams, Musk proposed two sources of cash – sending cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station and launching satellites – both already part of SpaceX’s business model.

He also listed three other sources of revenue that simply read “kickstarter”, “profit” and – intriguingly – “steal underpants”.

Asked at the talk about funding, however, Musk said: “The reason I am personally accruing assets is to fund this. I really have no other purpose than to make life interplanetary.”

Bill Nye, chief executive officer of the Planetary Society and host of the popular TV show Bill Nye the Science Guy, was in the audience and described the energy of the crowd as “extraordinary”.

“Watching the crowd go absolutely wild today tells me that the best is yet ahead for space exploration,” he told the Guardian, adding that Musk had presented “a very aggressive schedule that seemed feasible to the crowd”.

“No matter what we send to Mars, I very much hope we conduct a thorough, careful search for life before we consider landing people and cargo. I believe the discovery of life or evidence of life would change the way we think about the cosmos and our place within it,” Nye added.

Nasa said in a statement that it welcomed Musk’s plans. “NASA applauds all those who want to take the next giant leap – and advance the journey to Mars. We are very pleased that the global community is working to meet the challenges of a sustainable human presence on Mars. This journey will require the best and the brightest minds from government and industry, and the fact that Mars is a major topic of discussion is very encouraging.”

Nasa says it has made “extraordinary progress” developing a plan for sustainable Mars exploration, building partnerships in both the public and private sectors.

Great! A 10billion per person ticket. Send all those evil corporatists like George Soros and Bill Gates to Mars please, along with yourself. Good riddance!

on September 28, 2016

Tommy Watt Elon Musk's ambition will do much harm to America. Eventually billion of NASA money could have been better spent elsewhere, doing research where they are actually viable. There's no way anybody can do it in six years, let alone SpaceX, which failed to even safely launch their frigging rockets to space.

Anyhow, Mars is freezing cold, uninhabitable planet blasted with cosmic rays, no atmosphere to speak of. Dreadful. All those who want to go: Send them off, and do Darwin a favor. Elon Musk should be the first to get in a shuttle of his to Mars. I'm pretty sure it's a one way ticket to hell.

Alan Johnson Colonising the Americas was crazy! It took hundreds of years to become a self sustaining civilisation and before 500th anniversary of the first recorded crossing of the Atlantic, it became the world superpower of the 20th century.

It took countless explorers & entrepreneurs, rich and poor to contribute to the eventual success. Elon and Jeff are just catalysts for the next colonial phase of the human race.

Bill Ohreally We went to the moon and left, never to return, with almost zero benefit to humankind except a healthy boost to our ego. What's even the point of colonizing Mars right now?

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