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Elon Musk, an Industrialist For the 21st Century 89

pacopico writes "Elon Musk has just come off a pretty amazing run. SpaceX docked with the ISS. Tesla has started selling its all-electric luxury sedan, and SolarCity just filed to go public. Bloomberg Businessweek spent a few days with Musk and got a look inside his insane factories in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. It's like Willy Wonka time for geeks. Among the other proclamations in the story is Musk saying that he intends to die on Mars. 'Just not on impact.' Musk then goes on to describe a fifth mode of transportation he's calling the Hyperloop."
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Elon Musk, an Industrialist For the 21st Century

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  • Grammar (Score:5, Funny)

    by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Friday September 14, 2012 @01:43PM (#41337135)

    Bloomberg Businessweek spent a few days with Musk and got a look inside his insane factories in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.

    They're manufacturing insanity in America now? That explains a lot.

  • A great lad (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ickleberry ( 864871 ) <web@pineapple.vg> on Friday September 14, 2012 @01:48PM (#41337227) Homepage
    Fair play to him for building the factories in the USA and not the People's Republic of Communist China.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by DerekLyons ( 302214 )

      It's not fair play - it's required by the government whose teat he's sucking at.

  • Well, with a Star Wars name, he'd hardly go for a 19th century industrialist. For that, he'd have to call himself George Stirling-Krupp or something like that.
  • Video of the factory (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mbaGeek ( 1219224 ) on Friday September 14, 2012 @02:13PM (#41337621) Homepage

    you have to wait until 2:15 but here is an interview with Elon Musk/walk-thru of the Tesla factory [foxbusiness.com]

    • by addie ( 470476 )

      I had read the Businessweek article before I watched that video - I did not at all expect him to be so... odd. He's compelling, but he's clearly not comfortable or experienced with media.

      I'd venture that the Howard Hughes portion of his personality is not insignificant. Fascinating guy!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The "hyperloop" is not a launch loop, as I at first suspected. He describes it as

    some sort of tube capable of taking someone from downtown San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes.

    , so some sort of high-speed-rail-killer. First thought -- a brachistochrone-like evacuated tunnel?

    Of course a cycloid, the true brachistochrone, would be too deep (~350 miles distance, so it'd be about 100 miles deep), possibly too much acceleration for comfort, and rather faster... It's a well-known proof (a classic example problem in typical 1st-year graduate maths or physics, if not undergraduate) that a frictionless strai

    • by gl4ss ( 559668 )

      it leaves when you arrive.

      It's a futurama tube / asimov moving platform / personal elevator combo.

  • I hope not but it seems like every time someone becomes a poster boy for something it turns out to be a fraud.

  • by olau ( 314197 ) on Friday September 14, 2012 @03:20PM (#41338653) Homepage

    ... despite the "let's interview a billionaire" theme. The guy has clearly helped a long a lot of interesting stuff, and he's not done yet.

    If they can ramp up production of the Tesla S without burning through all their cash, it would be an instant winner here in Denmark, if nothing else then because of our special tax rules for cars.

  • by Casandro ( 751346 ) on Saturday September 15, 2012 @01:00AM (#41343819)

    Such high innovation high risk activities used to be way more common till the 1980s. Look around you, Home Computers were made long before anybody believed there was a market for them, yet in the 1970s many companies just made and sold them. They did sell and a new industry was born.

    Unfortunately that is a lot rarer now. Company only develop and build devices which are already proven to have a market. That's why there are virtually no new devices out there. The mobile device market, for example, is now more boring than it ever was. Virtually all the devices are precisely the same.

  • So, this is the wanker who created paypal and now we're all grinding on his loins? No thanks.

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