Elon Musk Is Starting To Bore Me
Ok he doesn’t really bore me; but he does want to bore into the ground under cities in a bid to reduce congestion; but has he bitten off more than he can chew?
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You can call Elon Musk a lot of things, but boring isn’t one of them. He creates the coolest electric cars in the business, makes reusable rockets that resupply the International Space Station and he is leading projects to create Hyperloop systems and missions to take us to Mars. Many have quite-rightly labeled him the closest thing we have to cartoon hero Tony Stark. Now, it seems, Elon Musk is getting himself involved in a rather less futuristic industry; he wants to start boring. Whilst stuck in traffic recently, Musk released a series of Tweets that got everyone a little bit excited:
And because he is Elon Musk, and he does things the Elon way, he even changed his Twitter Bio to read: “Tesla, SpaceX, Tunnels (yes, tunnels) & OpenAI.” He even Tweeted again to confirm that he actually plans to go ahead with it.
But this isn’t the first time Elon Musk has spoken of digging tunnels. Long before he was appointed to the Policy Forum of President Elect Donald Trump, Musk had been discussing the possibility of mega-tunnels under our cities that would save time and reduce emissions. Back in January this year he spoke at a forum and talked about plans for tunnels.
“It’s a really simple and obvious idea and I wish more people would do it: build more tunnels. Tunnels are great. It’s just a hole in the ground, it’s not that hard. But if you have tunnels in cities you would massively alleviate congestion and you could have tunnels at all different levels.”
But it’s not very ‘Elon’ so I imagine he won’t be hiring a load of construction engines and diggers and drilling a few holes. Knowing Elon Musk, I imagine he has something up his sleeve. I imagine that his overactive imagination has conceived something truly monstrous and magnificent in equal measure. But, whether or not he actually gets any digging done is a different matter. We know that his new position as advisor to Donald Trump will allow him grants and contracts with the government to get things moving and we know that Trump wants to fix America’s ailing infrastructure system, but does Musk have too much on his hands at the minute?
SpaceX is yet to get launching again after the September incident which still hasn’t been completely diagnosed. This has pushed back several orders and slowed their monumental progress considerably. We know they have already postponed SpaceX’s manned flight tests to 2018 and this has also probably delayed any planned Mars missions; manned or otherwise.
Tesla has just merged with Solar City in a huge investment gamble as many are predicting that the merger came at the wrong time. Tesla is struggling to increase output as they invest billions into the Gigafactory to push production up to the level of other traditional car manufacturers. Whilst they might have the best electric cars on the market at the moment, other companies are catching up and the Model 3, which has taken thousands of preorders, needs to actually deliver on its promises. Hyperloop One isn’t even nearly ready and doesn’t look as though it will even be tested for another few years.
I am a huge Elon Musk fan. I know that he is capable of making the extraordinary look pretty mundane and he does push boundaries forwards. I just hope he has not bitten off more than he can chew and people don’t start doubting his credentials as a man who gets things done.
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