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In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk casually rattles off the jaw-dropping details of his many revolutionary projects. As the cogs of his brain spin wildly, Musk almost struggles to vocalize his ideas. Happily, his visionary designs and innovations speak for themselves. getAbstract believes creators of all stripes will draw inspiration from the musings of one of today’s most extraordinary business figures.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What innovations Elon Musk’s numerous companies are developing,
  • How Musk envisions the future and
  • How his projects benefit humankind.
 

About the Speaker

Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk founded X.com (PayPal’s precursor). He is the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla.

 

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Elon Musk is boring; that is, The Boring Company (TBC) that he founded is designing a tunnel system under Los Angeles to alleviate traffic congestion. Cars would enter and exit the tunnels via elevators and travel on “skates” at speeds of up to 200 km [130 miles] per hour. The number of potential tunnels is limitless, as “the deepest mines are much deeper than the tallest buildings are tall.” Tunnel construction currently costs about $1 billion per mile, but by shrinking the diameter of tunnels and raising the power and efficiency of the tunneling machines, Musk can significantly reduce that cost. TBC also is working on Hyperloop, a system whereby pods travel through underground vacuum chambers at speeds that can outpace the world’s fastest bullet train. This idea may solve the inevitable rise in congestion when electric self-driving cars become affordable to the masses.


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