Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX , Tesla , Neuralink , the Boring Company, and the former CEO of Paypal, has left Facebook. 1 Musk also deleted the public Facebook pages for both Tesla and SpaceX after learning that Facebook gave the private information of 50 million users to a political data firm. The political data firm, Cambridge Analytica, was hired by President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign to help identify and influence voters. 2 Only 270,000 of the 50 million profile users consented to participation in the data collection. 3
Elon Musk’s reaction to this sort of illegal and unethical behavior was to delete the pages of his two largest companies and his personal account. Musk deleted those accounts because he distrusts the way Facebook handles consumer data, and stated that, “[Facebook] Gives me the willies.” 4 There has been a growing trend on various social media platforms, to delete Facebook the data scandal. This trend is commonly identified by the hashtag #deletefacebook.
Musk’s decision to leave Facebook comes shortly after a recent incident, in which Kylie Jenner left the Snapchat, causing the company to lose over $1 billion in stock value. 5 Jenner’s example should cause social media giants to try and retain celebrities. Elon Musk, while not in Hollywood, is a celebrity, and his loss from Facebook will cost the social media giant millions of dollars.
Elon Musk can’t run for President of The United States. I know this because I checked a long time ago and then I checked again recently:
Disappointment for a second time.
Lovingly compared to the comic book tech titan Tony Stark, Musk is one of those rare thinkers that has the vision, money, and hutzpah to significantly move our human civilization forward. His politics are a futurist medley of populist libertarianism and he is right at home warning on the future dangers of Artificial Intelligence:
His failures with countless Tesla rollouts have been well documented and the quarterlies for Tesla have not looked good. His promise of a “mass-market” vehicle that can meet the energy efficient demands of consumers has nearly become a running joke. Tesla, for all intensive purposes, feels decades away from turning a market away from the insatiable bank accounts of oil executives. Which is why Musk has been looking into other ventures. Namely, rockets and tunnels.
First, the rockets:
One of the great obstacles in the exploration of our universe is the immense costs associated with rocket technology. By producing a rocket that can land on a pinpoint location, SpaceX will cut the prohibitive costs of space travel and allow for low orbit missions that include the Moon, Mars, and asteroids for mining. With the federal government as uninvolved as ever with space exploration, accurate and reusable rockets are among a new class of assets that will only grow in necessity and value.
But what about simple problems on earth? Like traffic. Our roads and bridges are falling apart after decades of poor maintenance and the need to address transportation issues of today is critical. As Trump calls for a 1.5 trillion dollar infrastructure plan, Musk has suggested one alternative to the transportation builds of the 20th century:
The Boring Company’s idea is simple: dig into the earth and create massive tunnels that can transport humans with efficiency and timeliness throughout the Southern California area and beyond. The thought was birthed one day as Musk sat through another day of insufferable Los Angeles traffic:
The tunnels will be multi-tiered with as many as 12 layers of underground transport. Users will board autonomous transportation pods located in public areas the size of a parking space. The pods will lower into the ground and act as an updated subway system to transport people to their destination in a timely manner. According to the image on The Boring Company’s media page, the initial plans show paths that crisscross Los Angeles:
One major obstacle that Musk will have to hurdle is California politics. Just last week, Californians were informed by state officials that the proposed price of the above ground bullet train project has more than doubled in estimation from an initial $33 billion dollars to a now staggering $77 billion. Some analysts have pinned the project’s cost at closer to $100 billion dollars after a slew of regulatory and aesthetic issues have cropped up in the past few years.
There are also structural concerns for the project. Southern California sits on the San Andreas fault line and is known for its earthquakes. Furthermore, no one can be quite sure what sits underneath the ground and what the cost of relocating sewers and water lines might be.
In late 2017, Musk and his team put in a bid to build an express transit lane between O’Hare airport and downtown Chicago. With ongoing discussions in LA, Chicago, and NYC, The Boring Company could become the biggest disruptor in the modern transportation field.
In an unprecedented feat of technological and engineering genius, Tesla & Space X CEO & lead designer Elon Musk and his team have just sent their new “Falcon Heavy” three rocket craft into space:
Musk had questioned whether the rocket would work or not but as winds settled and provided a safe passage for liftoff, the Space X engines lit up and exploded towards the sky. With a thrust of over 5 million pounds and with the combined force of 18 Boeing 747’s launching together, Falcon Heavy just became the world’s biggest rocket by a power of two according to Elon Musk.
Inside the tri-rocket design sat a fake dummy inside a cherry red Tesla Roadster that blasted David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” as it launched. On December 2, 2017, Musk first pitched the idea of situating one of his Tesla models inside the rocket ship:
I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future
The rockets launched at 3:45 EST at Kennedy’s Space Center in Florida. Excited onlookers cheered and as the Space X creation skied upwards. Space X has been a revolutionizing force in the contemporary space age as they have made major advancements in the reuse of rocket cells. One of the biggest obstacles at the moment in regards to space travel is the cost associated with the manufacturing of rockets. In the past few years, Musk has invested largely in rocket technology and after failed attempts to land a space orbiting rocket onto a small platform in the ocean, the Space X team was finally successful on April 8, 2016:
While many have bemoaned government cuts to NASA, Musk and private corporations have stepped up to the challenge of space innovation. The success of Falcon Heavy is another milestone in the Musk’s innovative history that continues to situate him amongst some of the greatest thinkers and innovators of all time.