Tesla’s passionate CEO is back with a second master plan, called Part Deux, 10 years after the first one was released. Elon Musk has some incredible things planned, or at least they sound amazing, including making smarter Tesla models that can drive itself better than you and even make money whenever you’re not using the vehicle. But what’s really exciting is that Tesla is working on self-driving electric trucks and buses for the future. And the Tesla bus already sounds pretty exciting. More →
Elon Musk’s master plan: part two is here, and it’s a doozy. Rather than set out a short-term vision, he’s setting out a plan for how Tesla will save the world. No, actually.
In the plan, he’s outlining how Tesla as we know it is going to change. Forget fast sports cars: the future Tesla will feature pickup trucks, semi trailers and urban buses, with those concepts to be unveiled next year.
Consumer Reports last week published a somewhat bizarre missive calling for Tesla to completely disable the Autopilot software that comes equipped on the Model S and the Model X. The call for action came in the wake of three highly publicized Tesla crashes that were ostensibly caused by fundamental failures in the company’s Autopilot software. But as we highlighted last week, blaming Autopilot for the aforementioned crashes is more than a little bit misleading. In fact, in one of the accidents, Tesla discovered that Autopilot wasn’t even activated at the time of the crash.
But because the media likes to fan the flames of controversy, the narrative that Tesla’s Autopilot software was inherently unsafe began to spread like wildfire. Admittedly, Autopilot isn’t perfect and there are certainly large areas of room for improvement, but demanding that Tesla remove the feature completely, with no evidence to support such a demand, seemed short-sighted to say the least.
While most of the world was busy playing Pokeman over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter and said that he’s been working on part 2 of Tesla’s somewhat infamous “Top Secret Masterplan.” And because Musk is not one to shy away from a good tease, he added that he may release it as early as this week.
While many corporate executives tend to err on the side of not stirring up trouble or controversy, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is nothing if not outspoken. One could even argue that Musk’s unabashed willingness to shoot from the hip, criticize the status-quo and more or less say whatever pops into his head is precisely why he has garnered such a devoted following. Say what you will about Musk, but he has never been someone you’d associate with the word boring.
But in the wake of all the controversy surrounding a fatal Model S crash involving Tesla’s Autopilot software, some are now wondering if Musk’s brash demeanor — which often manifests itself online — is a detriment.
In what may arguably be considered a hit-piece, Fortune today published a piece calling into question the fact that Tesla did not disclose the fatal May 7 accident involving a Tesla Model S to shareholders.
What’s more, Fortune attempts to put Tesla in a bad light by noting that Tesla CEO Elon Musk sold more than $2 billion worth of Tesla stock just 11 days after the aforementioned accident. And all the while, shareholders were kept in the dark.
Elon Musk keeps warning us that artificial intelligence is a real threat, but he’s also contributing to the evolution of machines. Sure, he might not be doing the real coding, but the smart Tesla cars that will be able to drive themselves around town in the following years will have to be programmed to handle a particular type of emergency: hitting a pedestrian or saving the lives of the passengers inside the vehicle.
The robot revolution might not begin with a rogue defense system declaring war on humanity, as Terminator predicted. Instead, it might take place when a bunch of robots finally decide that they’re tired of picking up our stinky socks.
OpenAI, an open source artificial-intelligence non-profit with $1 billion in funding from Elon Musk and Amazon among others, has announced details of its biggest project to date. The group intends to lay the groundwork for the creation of a robot that will “perform basic housework” in households around the world. In other words, the group intends to create software that will enable the proliferation of robot housemaids. More →
Elon Musk is one of the few people in the world with the vision and the resources to help shape our future. It sounds like a cliche, but it’s true. Musk’s Tesla business has already had a profound impact on the automobile industry, jump starting the electric car market and pushing the pace of electric car proliferation years ahead of where it would otherwise be. His company SpaceX now plays a huge role in space missions, and the Hyperloop rail system he dreamt up could end up changing the way we travel yet again.
Can you imagine what it might be like to interview with Musk? More →
Over the past several years, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has become infamous for saying ridiculous things in public forums, but even if you don’t think we’re all living in a computer simulation, you can’t dismiss everything he says.
For example, over the weekend, he tweeted that the Model S “floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time,” and even shared video footage of a Model S “swimming” in a flooded tunnel in Kazakhstan to back up the claim.
Ladies and gentlemen, you’re about to take the red pill. Tesla boss and SpaceX founder Elon Musk knows something the rest of us don’t: we don’t actually exist. You don’t exist. I don’t exist. Elon Musk doesn’t exist. Instead, we’re all just software trapped inside an advanced civilization’s computer simulation. In fact, Musk says the chances that we’re not just pieces of code in a futuristic computer simulation are one in billions. And he says if he’s wrong — if this is reality and not a simulation — it’s the worst news imaginable and the world is about to end.
There’s good news though: if you ever find yourself in a hot tub with Musk, he definitely won’t bring up his simulation theory because his brother won’t let him. Confused yet? It’s OK, so am I. More →
Elon Musk’s Hyperloop high-speed transportation project is getting closer to becoming a commercial product, but don’t get too excited just yet about traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about half an hour. However, Hyperloop Technologies, a company that’s looking to create Musk’s vision, has scheduled a major Hyperloop test for this week. More →
Tesla Motors and SpaceX aren’t Elon Musk’s only major transportation-related projects. In fact, he’s also working on a train system where passengers could be shipped between cities at speeds close to the speed of sound. Called Hyperloop, the train is a mix between the Concorde plane, a railgun, and an air-hockey table, according to the inventor. And while Musk might not be overseeing this one directly, the Hyperloop project is slowly advancing. More →