Category Archives: Elon Musk

Meet the Musks: who's who in Elon’s extended family?

The entrepreneur’s brother, Kimbal, is making the news, but since mother Musk flew around the world in a propeller plane, the whole clan has been involved in eye-catching initiatives

We know plenty about Elon Musk, the South African-born erstwhile teen mega-nerd, PayPal co-founder and Tesla boss turned tunneller, space coloniser and battery tycoon. But what about all the other Musks? Because while Elon revels in the success of his recent rocket launch, and a car-based publicity stunt that made Richard Branson look like Derek Trotter, little brother Kimbal is now making news, too. Time for a quick climb up the Musk family tree.

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Elon Musk’s dream ideas

From superfast trains to colonising Mars – a selection of Elon Musk’s extraordinary ideas

Musk’s SpaceX enterprise was founded with the intention of making space travel affordable. By extension, Musk has stated that he hopes human beings will one day become a “multi-planetary species”. At the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide last September, Musk said he hopes to send cargo ships to the Red Planet within the next five years, with humans settling by 2024.

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Elon Musk: the real-life Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr used the entrepreneur as a role model for his part in the 2008 film

Elon Musk is the archetypal serial entrepreneur, with a string of successes before the startups that would make him famous.

Robert Downey Jr turned to Musk for help getting into character as Tony Stark for the 2008 film Iron Man. Musk’s enthusiastic embrace of technology for technology’s sake and his desire to push the limits of what was possible for private enterprise made him a close real-world analogue for Marvel’s billionaire arms dealer.

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The new space race: how billionaires launched the next era of exploration

The launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket into deep space has fired dreams of a new era of 21st-century discovery

Scientists and aerospace veterans, many of them still in awe at the cascade of smoke and fire, the roar of a 20-story machine hurtling into the sky, and the sight of a billionaire’s electric car floating past Earth, welcomed Elon Musk to the podium in Cape Canaveral this week.

“We want a new space race,” Musk told a press conference. “Races are exciting.”

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Space oddity: how Elon Musk and SpaceX sent a car towards Mars

A Starman sitting in a tin can is currently navigating the heavens, soundtracked by David Bowie. How did it – and we – get there?

It takes a beat or two for the brain to compute. The image is startling, incongruous, barmy. A car floats in space. At the wheel is a spacesuit, seatbelt on. Earth hangs behind it. The two objects don’t work together. The image jars like bad Photoshop. But it is real.

The photograph was beamed down to Earth courtesy of Elon Musk’s ego, bravado and taste for the absurd. It is human folly and genius rolled into one, a picture that sums up 2018 so far. Life on Earth feels precarious, so we look to the stars.

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Elon Musk sells all 20,000 Boring Company 'flamethrowers'

Stunt generates $10m for billionaire’s personal hobby despite warnings from Home Office and US politicians

Elon Musk’s fire sale of his Boring Company “flamethrowers” raised $10m, selling out all 20,000 units, despite warnings from the Home Office and US politicians.

The tech billionaire chief executive of Tesla, Space X and the Boring Company, tweeted on Thursday morning that all the $500 flamethrowers were sold out and that “all flamethrowers will ship with a complimentary Boring fire extinguisher”.

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Elon Musk lines up $55bn payday – the world's biggest bonus

Musk will become planet’s richest man if he turns Tesla into a $650bn business in a decade

Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of electric car company Tesla, would smash all pay records and become the richest man in the world if an extraordinarily ambitious new incentive scheme pays out.

The 46-year-old entrepreneur, who is already a multi-billionaire, has agreed to work unpaid for the next 10 years – after which he would collect an unprecedented $55.8bn (£40bn) bonus if builds the 14-year-old business into a $650bn company within a decade.

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Neurotechnology, Elon Musk and the goal of human enhancement

Brain-computer interfaces could change the way people think, soldiers fight and Alzheimer’s is treated. But are we in control of the ethical ramifications?

At the World Government Summit in Dubai in February, Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said that people would need to become cyborgs to be relevant in an artificial intelligence age. He said that a “merger of biological intelligence and machine intelligence” would be necessary to ensure we stay economically valuable.

Soon afterwards, the serial entrepreneur created Neuralink, with the intention of connecting computers directly to human brains. He wants to do this using “neural lace” technology – implanting tiny electrodes into the brain for direct computing capabilities.

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Tesla founder mines rich marketing seam by selling Boring hats

Elon Musk sells all 50,000 plain black baseball caps showing the logo of his tunnelling firm, the Boring Company

The inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk has proved that he can do more than just build futuristic cars and launch space programmes, having sold out an entire line of 50,000 hats in just over a month.

The latest milestone for the businessman behind Tesla, SpaceX and a host of other tech companies came when Musk announced that every one of his “Boring” baseball caps had been snapped up.

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