Elon Musk can’t get enough of anything: About Hyperloop, SolarCity and Neuralink
Elon Musk and his company SpaceX made history after launching Falcon 1 into space. The vehicle was sent to the International Space Station with thousand pounds of supplies for the astronauts, making it the first privately funded spacecraft sent to ISS.
SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 equipped with Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite aiming to know the extreme emissions from the sun that affect communication system on the earth. This innovative man can’t get enough of anything as he is moving forward with new ideas and plans every day. He has indulged in various ventures, apart from the worldwide recognized Tesla and his Aerospace company.
Elon Musk owns SolarCity with two cousins
SolarCity Corp. is an energy services provider based in San Mateo, California. Elon Musk’s two cousins Peter and Lyndon Rive are the founders of the company while he is a shareholder. He joined with $10 million investment in 2003 after getting back his 11% shares after PayPal sale.
SolarCity provides solar power systems for businesses, homes, and governments. The company built solar-powered electric systems for eBay and British Motors in 2008. With Musk’s continuing effort to promote & advance sustainable energy for wider consumer base, in 2016 August, a 2.6 billion USD deal was solidified to combine his solar power and electric cars companies.
In the fall of 2016, Musk talked about his new SolarCity Solar Roof product, i.e. glass roof tiles with solar cells. Four different styles of solar roof tile would look like ordinary roofing materials: Textured shingles, conventional asphalt shingles slate and terracotta tile. He said that it would be available by April 2017.
At a TED2017 conference in Vancouver, Musk told that two of the tiles will be available sometime in May 2017.
Musk has also been into Hyperloop Technologies plan since 2013
Musk has been giving a tireless effort believing that he will make his innovative ideas a reality someday. In 2013, he released a new concept called Hyperloop, a new form of transportation that would foster traveling between major cities. Ideally resistant to weather and driven by renewable energy, the Hyperloop would push riders in pods via a network of low-pressure tubes at speeds over 7000 mph.
Musk stated that the Hyperloop could take from 7 to 10 years to be completely built and ready for use and also claimed that it would be safer than a plane or train with estimated cost of 6 billion dollars i.e. one tenth of the cost of rail system planned by California state.
Hyperloop is essentially a futuristic train that is based on very high-speed transit. The system was proposed in 1972, that combines a low-pressure transit tube and magnetic levitation train. Now, companies are working to make Hyperloop a reality.
It is being proposed as alternative short distance air travel. There have been plans of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a 354-mile distance that is estimated to cost around six billion USD in construction. Chairman and co-founder of Hyperloop Technologies told in an interview, ‘Hyperloop will be operational, somewhere in the world, by 2020’. However, his concept has drawn disbelief.
Elon Musk in Charities: Musk Foundation and OpenAI
Elon announced the founding of a not-for-profit Artificial Intelligence research company called OpenAI that aims to develop artificial intelligence in a way that is beneficial for the human race. Making AI accessible to everyone, OpenAI wishes to counteract the large corporations, which may gain too much power by possessing super intelligence systems for profits and also governments, which may use Artificial Intelligence to gain power.
Making AI accessible to everyone, OpenAI wishes to counteract the large corporations, which may gain too much power by possessing super intelligence systems for profits and also governments, which may use Artificial Intelligence to gain power.
In regard to his philanthropies, he is chairman of the Musk Foundation that focuses its charitable efforts on providing solar-power energy services in disaster areas. The foundation donated a 25-KW solar power system to South Bay Community Alliance’s hurricane response center in Alabama in collaboration with SolarCity.
In 2015, he donated $1 million for the construction of Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe and built Tesla Supercharger in the car park of the museum. Likewise, he donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute to do global research focused at keeping AI beneficial to humanity. He is a trustee of X Prize Foundation and a signatory of The Giving Pledge since 2015.
Musk co-founded a neurotechnology startup company called Neuralink, to integrate human brain with AI. The company still at the earliest phase is centered on creating devices that can be implanted in the brain of humans with the purpose of merging human brain with software & keep pace with AI advancements.
He has hinted about the existence of Neuralink a few times over last few months. Once in Dubai, he told a crowd, ‘Over time I will think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.’
Elon Musk in entertainment industry
Musk has had guest appearances in numbers of entertainment productions including film Thank You for Smoking (2005), film Iron Man 2 (2010), animated TV sitcom The Simpsons (2015), TV series Big Bang Theory (2015), environmental documentary Racing Extinction (2015), romantic comedy movie Why Him? (2016) and many more.
We have seen this dynamic man in diverse fields from technologies to entertainment.