Aside from thumbing away at Xbox 360, I have one other past time and it involves telling my friend Dave that former LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson is more of a genius than Elon Musk. Basically I present a logical argument that the creation of Tesla by Elon Musk is solely dependent on money, whereas coaching an NBA team into five championships is a more authentic indicator of true genius. Eventually, I tell Dave that Musk is not a genius — only a younger version of Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson and he verbally explodes, telling me to get out his apartment at the top of his lungs. I’ll be sure to record the entire scenario the next time it happens, calling it entertaining is an understatement.
If you’ve never heard of Elon Musk, the guy is basically the closest thing this planet has to a real-life Tony Stark. He’s the founder of Paypal, creator of Tesla Motors, and the brains behind SpaceX, a space exploration company so successful that NASA basically has been outsourced by them. Some people would call Musk a genius — personally I just call him a promising runner-up to Phil Jackson. I hope you read that Dave.
Now it appears Elon Musk has his sights set on a new project called ‘Hyperloop,’ a transit system that will be able to take you from Los Angeles to New York in about a half-hour.
Imagine a massive vacuum tube spanning the entire length of the United States of America that uses a magnetic levitation system to accelerate a ‘human container’ at break-neck speeds — but without the entire ‘break neck’ aspect since there’s absolutely no friction or wind resistance.
According to his Twitter, Musk will present his alpha design of Hyperloop by August 12th, and he’s asking for your critical feedback of improvements to his concept. Imagine that, a guy worth $4.5 billion is asking for your help. Elon Musk also stated that he hates patenting technology and will release the plans as open-source. Let’s hope NASA follows suit and puts up their mission control GUI as shareware this year. Check out CNN’s video on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop announcement.
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