Just minutes before Elon Musk begins his talk in Mexico to discuss the colonization of Mars, SpaceX has shared a video showing off the newly-rebranded Interplanetary Transport System (ITS). The ITS was previously known as the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT), but SpaceX changed the name after discovering that the system would be able to travel “well beyond Mars,” making the previous moniker obsolete.
Following months of anticipation, Elon Musk is finally going to explain how he and SpaceX plan to colonize Mars on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 PM ET.
Musk has been discussing his ambitious mission to Mars for years, but during a talk at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico today, he is expected to finally begin laying out specifics.
After unveiling version 8 of the Tesla software with countless Autopilot improvements over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says the company is “hoping” to begin the worldwide rollout of the update next Wednesday.
Autopilot has been mired in controversy ever since it launched last year, but after a recent string of incidents involving Tesla Motors vehicles, the company had no choice but to make a change.
In early September, one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets undergoing testing exploded at Cape Canaveral. Thanks to some grainy video that shows birds flying across it, the internet’s conspiracy theorists shifted to top gear and started accusing aliens (or the US military).
As moon-landing as that might sound, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said that investigators have “not ruled out” some kind of flying object — an unidentified flying object, you might say — causing the explosion. Tinfoil hat time, everyone.
Thursday started badly for Elon Musk when one of his SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets exploded on the launchpad, days before it was set to take a payload into orbit. Things got worse when Mark Zuckerberg discovered his $95 million satellite was sitting on top of the rocket, and took to Facebook to express his “deep disappointment.”
But as it turns out, blowing up a multi-million-dollar rocket was not Elon’s most expensive mistake yesterday.
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 →