Tag: Elon Musk

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A friendly suggestion for Nike’s next poster boy. They really musk consider it. More

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Yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket into space, carrying a ballast payload that… just for fun… consisted of a red Tesla Roadster with an empty spacesuit strapped in the front seat. Most people thought this was pretty cool. If you were one of them, Nathan Robinson at the The Guardian (a.k.a. Buzz Killington) […]

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Making Life Multiplanetary

 

Here is Elon Musk’s presentation at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia. He describes a revised version of the interplanetary transport architecture he presented at last year’s IAC. The vehicle has been downsized, but the largest innovation is that he now believes it can be funded by SpaceX’s ongoing operations by replacing its existing launchers and spacecraft with the new, fully reusable system.

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Heaven Help Me, But I Sort of Love Elon Musk’s New Hyperloop Idea. (Well, at Least in Theory…)

 

The sci-fi buff and futurist in me just loves, loves, loves Elon Musk’s idea of building an underground hyperloop between Washington and New York. Heck, I would love the idea even if the vacuum tube connected LA and San Francisco or Houston and Dallas or Chicago and St. Louis. Even Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

Now since I live in the greater Washington DC area, I find the idea even cooler. I would love to be able to zip to Manhattan in 30 minutes. Plus, I would imagine, real-estate prices within driving distance of the stops would get quite a boost. And when there are hyperloops from coast to coast, time to get started on a space elevator.

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If you want to picture the relationship between the 60 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump and the Deep State seeking to unseat him; DON’T picture a Venn diagram. There is no overlap between the two solitudes. Rather, picture a giant amorphous amoeba, geared toward survival. This single-celled organism will galvanize all systems within […]

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Attention Republican Candidates: Here’s How You Make Free Markets Cool

 

Last week, SpaceX changed the rocket launch business for good, and probably cut the cost of access to space in half. But that’s a subject for another conversation. Instead, watch the video below made by SpaceX employees, which celebrates the free market, space, vision, competition, and the benefits of daring. It also makes SpaceX look like a really great place to work.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYUDQh2RSbw

SpaceX is cool. Not just because they are great engineers, but because they how how to promote themselves and — most importantly — because they are having fun. The Millennials I know love SpaceX, and Elon Musk, its founder, is a rock star for the under-40 generation. If Republicans want to spread the message that governments create dull, gray bureaucracies while private industry creates excitement and dynamism, they could learn a lesson from SpaceX marketing.

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Fun with Bubbles: How Elon Musk and the Government are Recreating the Housing Crisis

 

BubbleFor all the arguments between liberals and conservatives on economic issues, most boil down to one core point of contention: conservatives realize that government doesn’t do a lot of things very well. One of those things government is not very good at, compared to the private sector and free individuals, is learning hard lessons. Case in point: bubbles.

The government loves blowing bubbles more than a small child. The difference is that when a child’s bubbles pop, they don’t erupt with enough force to shake the economic foundations of entire industries, regions, or the planet.

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Just finished reading James Pethokoukis’ article: Where Are All the Startups? More in America’s Economic Calcification which followed this years much reported (left-leaning) Brookings Inst. study showing American Start-Ups rates are Declining.  More

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Google Founder: Don’t Give Your Money to Charity

 

I’m not sure I agree with him, but Google founder Larry Page has an interesting thought. From Business Insider:

Google CEO Larry Page has an unusual idea about what should happen to his billions should he die. 

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