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Elon Musk

  • American businessman
  • Born June 28, 1971

Elon Reeve Musk (; born June 28, 1971) is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer. He holds South African, Canadian, and U.S. citizenship and is the founder, CEO, and chief engineer/designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; co-founder of Neuralink; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder and initial co-chairman of OpenAI; and co-founder of PayPal. In December 2016, he was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People. He has a net worth of $19.4 billion and is listed by Forbes as the 40th-richest person in the world.Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, Musk moved to Canada when he was 17 to attend Queen's University.


What most people know but don't realize they know is that the world is almost entirely solar-powered already. If the sun wasn't there, we'd be a frozen ice ball at three degrees Kelvin, and the sun powers the entire system of precipitation. The whole ecosystem is solar-powered.




The lessons of history would suggest that civilisations move in cycles. You can track that back quite far - the Babylonians, the Sumerians, followed by the Egyptians, the Romans, China. We're obviously in a very upward cycle right now, and hopefully that remains the case. But it may not.




It would take six months to get to Mars if you go there slowly, with optimal energy cost. Then it would take eighteen months for the planets to realign. Then it would take six months to get back, though I can see getting the travel time down to three months pretty quickly if America has the will.




It's obviously tricky to convert cellulose to a useful biofuel. I think actually the most efficient way to use cellulose is to burn it in a co-generation power plant. That will yield the most energy and that is something you can do today.




Self-driving cars are the natural extension of active safety and obviously something we should do.




I usually describe myself as an engineer; that's basically what I've been doing since I was a kid.




When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.




As you heat the planet up, it's just like boiling a pot.




The future of humanity is going to bifurcate in two directions: Either it's going to become multiplanetary, or it's going to remain confined to one planet and eventually there's going to be an extinction event.




I had so many people try to talk me out of starting a rocket company, it was crazy.




You could warm Mars up, over time, with greenhouse gases.




I don't think it's a good idea to plan to sell a company.




I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness to make sure it continues into the future.




SpaceX is only 12 years old now. Between now and 2040, the company's lifespan will have tripled. If we have linear improvement in technology, as opposed to logarithmic, then we should have a significant base on Mars, perhaps with thousands or tens of thousands of people.




The fuel cell is just a fundamentally inferior way of delivering electrical energy to an electric motor than batteries.




An asteroid or a supervolcano could certainly destroy us, but we also face risks the dinosaurs never saw: An engineered virus, nuclear war, inadvertent creation of a micro black hole, or some as-yet-unknown technology could spell the end of us.




My opinion is it's a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars.




I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better. I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.




If humanity doesn't land on Mars in my lifetime, I would be very disappointed.




America is the spirit of human exploration distilled.

America is the spirit of human exploration distilled.




I like the word 'autopilot' more than I like the word 'self-driving.' 'Self-driving' sounds like it's going to do something you don't want it to do. 'Autopilot' is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.




Tesla is here to stay and keep fighting for the electric car revolution.

Tesla is here to stay and keep fighting for the electric car revolution.




In the early days of aviation, there was a great deal of experimentation and a high death rate.




You need to be in the position where it is the cost of the fuel that actually matters and not the cost of building the rocket in the first place.




I really do encourage other manufacturers to bring electric cars to market. It's a good thing, and they need to bring it to market and keep iterating and improving and make better and better electric cars, and that's what going to result in humanity achieving a sustainable transport future. I wish it was growing faster than it is.




The path to the CEO's office should not be through the CFO's office, and it should not be through the marketing department. It needs to be through engineering and design.




You need to live in a dome initially, but over time you could terraform Mars to look like Earth and eventually walk around outside without anything on... So it's a fixer-upper of a planet.




Obviously Tesla is about helping solve the consumption of energy in a sustainable manner, but you need the production of energy in a sustainable manner.




Land on Mars, a round-trip ticket - half a million dollars. It can be done.




I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration.




The reason we should do a carbon tax is because it's the right thing to do. It's economics 101, elementary stuff.




I hate writing about personal stuff. I don't have a Facebook page. I don't use my Twitter account. I am familiar with both, but I don't use them.




I don't create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.




What I'm trying to do is, is to make a significant difference in space flight. And help make space flight accessible to almost anyone.




I think life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems... It's got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious.




I'm trying to construct a world that maximises the probability that SpaceX continues its mission without me.

I'm trying to construct a world that maximises the probability that SpaceX continues its mission without me.



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