A man who for the last 10 years has been popping up everywhere. Probably the Tony Stark of real life.
A brief Background
He was born on June 28 1971 in South Africa. From a very young age Elon Musk developed a creative mind in the field of technology. At the age of 12 he taught himself programming and created a basic video game which he sold and made $500
Age of 19 Musk was accepted at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where then he spent 2 years and then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania. At the age of 24 he gained a bachelors in physics. He then pursued a doctorate in Physics, however left earlier in order to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams in the areas of the internet and physics.
1995: Musk and his brother started a company called zip-2 which was a web software company that had cost him $28000. He ran the company as a member of the board and later on it was sold, he then received $22 Million as part of his share.
1999: Musk co-founded x.com, which was an online financial service provider, which cost him $10million. He then merged this company with a company called Coinfinity and had the company renamed PayPal. He helped run the company as CEO until 2002 where PayPal was bought by eBay for $1.5billion from which Elon Musk received $165 million.
His current work
With $100 million Elon Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies or SpaceX. With his goal of making us (humans) into a space faring civilisation.
His work with spaceX is the following:
The first rocket Launches were the Falcon 1 and the Falcon 9 which were homages to the Star Wars Millennium Falcon.
In 2006 SpaceX received a contract from NASA to continue work and tests on the Falcon 9 and the Dragon while ( It was the one that docked in the space station)
In December 21015 SpaceX managed to launch and then re land its Falcon 9 rocket, and became the first people in history to ever make this happen.
He believes that he will get people to mars within the next 10 to 20 years and will reduce space exploration costs by a factor of 10.
In 2008 Elon Musk became the ceo of Tesla Motors.
Tesla is a company that produces electric powered cars. Tesla sells Electric Powertrain systems to car manufacturers. An electric powertrain system is the use of electricity as the main component in a car to generate power which is then transferred into movement of the car.
Musk sells electric vehicle powertrain components so that automakers can produce electric vehicles at affordable prices without having to develop the products themselves.
In 2014 Musk had announced that Tesla Motors will allow its operations to be used in good faith in order to speed up the development of electric cars, as currently electric cars make up 1% of car sales.
In 2013 Musk has unveiled a concept for high-speed transportation, known as a hyperloop.
This transport system incorporates reduced pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion, driven by air compressors and linear induction motors.
If made possible the cost of travel for long distances would be reduced drastically, as it would require a low amount of power to travel at these speeds. Due to the partial vacuum state the hyperloop would exists in.
The hyperloop proposed speed is around 1,200km/h between distant locations.
It could take a 610 km distant, such as LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes, which is half the time it takes a plane. For this current proposal it would cost $6 Billion to make.
In 2015 Musk announced a design competition for students and others to build hyperloops pods to operate at these speeds. The track is currently under construction and is expected to be early 2017.
In December 2015 Elon Musk announced OpenAI. It is a not-for-profit artificial intelligence research company. Its aim is to develop artificial general intelligence in a way that is safe and beneficial to humanity.
By making it open to everyone, Musk wants to counteract large corporations who may gain too much power by owning super intelligence systems that are devoted to profits, as well as governments who may use it to oppress citizenry.
Quote:The future of humanity is going to bifurcate in two directions: Either it's going to become multi planetary, or it's going to remain confined to one planet and eventually there's going to be an extinction event. - Elon Musk