Interview With Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk
One Silicon Valley's most innovative entrepreneurs on his new Tesla electric car, whether we should bail out the Big Three, and the world's most powerful laser.
If you were CEO of GM, what would you do?
First would be to cut costs. Then try to build a compelling product. The big automakers are bound by so many financial constraints, and they are mired in management structures and procedures from half a century ago. It may be time for new companies to replace them.
Bankruptcy or bailout?
It’s problematic to let GM and Chrysler liquidate. I’m somewhat Libertarian but these are messed up times.
Are you seeing any bright ideas coming from out of the car companies?
There seems to be a pretty big emphasis on hybrids, since that allows companies to tap the $25 billion fund providing low interest loans for reducing carbon.
What about good ideas from government?
The best idea is to tax gasoline. We are going to see gas prices rise over the next decade. We can either raise the money now domestically or transfer the wealth to places like Venezuela and the Middle East down the road.
Are you worried about increased competition from China in the electric car market?
From what we’ve seen from China, their electric cars are not very sophisticated—although they could become sophisticated. Right now, nothing we’ve seen compares with Tesla in terms of energy density, acceleration, reliability, refinement of control, and safety.
Are you comfortable with all the allusions to Henry Ford?
When we debut our mass-produced electric car designed from scratch to be electric, I don’t think there will have been a more historic release since the Model T.
Any new SpaceX contracts?
NASA is our biggest customer, but so are the countries of Sweden and Malaysia. We are launching a Malaysian satellite later this month.
Do you think Google is going to buy Twitter?
If I were Google I would do it. I think it’s a smart move.
What is Solar City?
It’s the largest provider of solar powered systems to small and medium sized homes and businesses. The goal is drive the cost of solar power down as low as possible and make it competitive with fossil fuel power. We’re not focused on the cell but rather the end relationship with the customer. We’re like the Dell computer of solar panels.
What’s the most interesting topic you’re thinking about this week?
They’ve built the world’s most powerful laser in California, but it’s gone relatively unreported.
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
Be glad your name isn't attached to any of these bad ideas.
- Some inventions can be celebrated during their time, but are proven to be devastating in the long run.
- The inventions doesn't have to be physical. Complex mathematical creations that create money for Wall Street can do as much damage, in theory, as a gas that destroys the ozone layer.
- Inventors can even see their creations be used for purposes far different than they had intended.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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