With no shortage of reports claiming that Apple has grand plans to develop an electric car, a number of folks have naturally wondered why Apple doesn’t just buy Tesla. Tesla, after all, is largely viewed as the Apple of the auto industry and already sells what many consider to be the best car on the market. What’s more, Tesla has already paid for and owns much of the costly infrastructure associated with car production.
Is it just me, or have we had a whole lot of space-related disasters recently? Last Saturday, SpaceX contributed to the growing list when its Falcon 9 rocket ran out of hydraulic fluid shortly before landing on a barge in the middle of the ocean. The rocket proceeded to smash into the barge at a 45-degree angle, at which point the residual fuel and oxygen combined, causing an enormous explosion. More →
Although oil prices have been plummeting recently, the future of energy is likely still from renewable sources such as solar power, if only because they make generating electricity insanely cheap. With this in mind, Bloomberg’s Mark Chediak writes that Elon Musk’s new gigafactory should scare electric companies to death because of it will have the ability to mass produce “stationary battery packs that can be paired with rooftop solar panels to store power.” More →
As the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk can’t be accused of being an anti-technology luddite. That said, he definitely doesn’t support every major technological advance and in particular he thinks artificial intelligence is extremely dangerous and could end up putting humanity in situations that resemble sci-fi classics such as The Terminator and The Matrix. More →