Elon Musk: Searching for the 'Moore's Law' of Space
Elon Musk is an advocate for interplanetary life, which will require great leaps in technology. According to Musk, the grand challenge is to "find a Moore's Law of space." In other words, we must think exponentially if we are to colonize another planet.
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Elon Musk became an innovator at a very early age. Inspired to be an inventor by the example of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, Musk considered three areas he wanted to get into that were particularly important. "One was the Internet, one was clean energy, and one was space," he said. Subsequently, Musk went on to found or co-found the companies PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors.
These three companies produced, respectively, an Internet payment system (PayPal), the first viable electric car (Tesla's Roadster), and the successor to NASA's Space Shuttle (the Dragon reusable spacecraft and F9 rocket). According to Musk, he never aimed to disrupt for disruption's sake. Instead, he strategized around industries that were stagnant and in need of innovation.
In this video, Musk describes how he has come to recognize opportunities as an entrepreneur in the space industry, which is one of the core skills necessary for success in the 21st century.
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Elon Musk is an advocate for interplanetary life. And yet, great leaps will be required in order for humans to colonize another planet. A reusable spacecraft that his company SpaceX is developing is one step in that direction. According to Musk, the grand challenge for innovators is to "find a Moore's Law of space." In other words, we must think exponentially if we are to meet this challenge. Since 1969, Musk says, the space industry has been stagnant, and that is what enabled Musk to recognize an opportunity for disruptive innovation.
A mind-bending paradox questions the nature of reality.
- Boltzmann Brains are hypothetical disembodied entities with self-awareness.
- It may be more likely for a Boltzmann Brain to come into existence than the whole Universe.
- The idea highlights a paradox in thermodynamics.
What makes an excellent educator?
- When it comes to educating, says Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, a brave failure is preferable to timid success.
- Fostering an environment where one isn't afraid to fail is tantamount to learning.
- Human beings are complicated and flawed. Working with those complications and flaws leads to true knowledge.
Drinking home alone in your underwear just might be what you need to be as relaxed as the Finnish.
- Päntsdrunk is the latest trend to come out of Northern Europe and it involves drinking alone at home.
- Finnish writer Miska Rantanen outlines the philosophy in his newest book titled: Pantsdrunk: Kalsarikanni: The Finnish Path to Relaxation.
- Kalsarikänni is a word in Finnish that literally means "drinking at home and alone in your underwear."
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