“Life has to be about more than just solving problems”. – Elon Musk, Newsnight 2013
I so LOVE Elon Musk. He so matter of factly states what the future will look like. While we’d most likely listen to anyone else with a large pinch of salt and a bit of skepticism, Musk has a track record of making the seemingly impossible into fact.
“SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.”
For him it’s not enough just to problem solve. Projects should be inspiring and make people excited about the future. His project with Space X has already sent a privately financed rocket to dock with the international Space Station. Musk firmly believes we will be traveling to Mars in our lifetime, even inhabiting Mars and other planets. Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, his new fully-electric Tesla S Sedan, able to accelerate from 0-60 in 4 seconds and a range of over 200 miles, will be able to charge up all over the UK soon at supercharge locations – for FREE – from solar energy.
Newsnight’s Gavin Esler asks: Have we got the UK energy mix wrong? The future of energy will be from solar. No question about it. Look at how green Britain is. Should we think bigger than Hi-Speed rail projects like HS2? It’s essentially 50 year old technology. They did better things in Japan 30 years ago! Well, there you go.