Elon Musk, the man who reverted the idea of the modern businessman and fought with his detractors via Twitter.
According to Forbes magazine, Musk, a 49-year-old South African who owns the twenty-third most considerable fortune in the world, is not just any billionaire. In 1999 he developed X.com and co-founded PayPal, one of the first platforms for payments and transfers through email that revolutionized the market.
Three years later, he set out to go beyond the several hundred million dollars he had made and went for bronze in the 21st-century entrepreneur universe: He started his own space adventure through a new company, SpaceX.
Today, we can consider Elon Musk as “The Modern-Day Guru” – Let us find out why?
The philosophy of Elon Musk is: if technology can do all of that, why not take a chance? The constant search for invention capable of taking us to a new evolutionary stage is at the center of your investments. For each project, he creates a company. For each company, he invests millions. And for every penny spent, it generates enormous expectations in the market.
Elon Musk believes that, at some point, we will be able to fuse the human brain to a computer. The search for a digital version of ourselves is the reason to invest in Neuralink.
The company is researching the production of devices to integrate brain activity into a digital system, using neural lace – a kind of screen with microsensors designed to read brain activity.
The technology could help; initially, people suffering from degenerative diseases to recover their memory. It could also be used to “insert” knowledge. Ultimately, it would be the ticket to transfer thoughts, memories, and even emotions perceived by the brain to a digital version.
Musk has already left clues of that future in his speeches. “People will have time to do other, more interesting things, so we would have more leisure time.”
Hyperloop is a capsule train, which travels at 1,200 km / h. The idea is so bold that it has the potential to make several air routes obsolete. With Hyperloop, Elon Musk wants to create a transport system based on large diameter tubes, with low internal pressure, in which giant capsules can reach speed very close to that of sound (1,200 km / h).
Commercial jets hardly exceed the 900 km / h barrier. With that, routes that take hours today could be covered in a few tens of minutes. The track in Nevada, United States, is ready and should be used for the first tests in the coming months.
Making the system a reality, however, still requires overcoming a series of challenges. One is to keep the vacuum for hundreds of kilometers, in a structure subject to strong vibration due to expansion. Another is to guarantee the safety of passengers. Therefore, Hyperloop should be used initially for the transportation of cargo.
The numbers have become so impressive that people are saying that Tesla – Musk’s automaker – is experiencing a bubble. In April, the company’s value exceeded $ 47 billion, more than Ford’s $ 44 billion.
Days later, the company hit $ 50 billion and overtook GM, which then regained its position. The company’s sales in the first quarter reached a record of 25 thousand vehicles, 69% more than in the same period in 2016.
This caused revenue to double. Now, there is a great expectation to the launch of an electric model for the masses, the Model 3 (the US $ 35 thousand). Musk supporters believe Tesla will be bigger than conventional automakers for one reason: the world needs to move towards clean energy. Polluting cars, they hope, will lose space. Skeptics doubt the company’s ability to hit production targets 1 million in 2020.
In the past, as Musk says, electric cars looked like golf carts: small, ugly, and slow. Very few were the consumers who wanted them. Tesla, with its sophisticated technology and design cars, has changed that reality.
Now, the businessman also wants to deal with the ugliness and inefficiency of what is on our heads – the roof of our houses. He launched a tile that works as a solar panel (and alone, without overlapping plates).
Available in four design options, such as “textured glass,” the product converts the sun’s rays into electricity. The idea is to store the excess energy produced in Powerwalls (the wall batteries also created by the company).
This means guaranteeing light to the house for the nights or moments of power cut by the distributor. Sales begin this year in the United States. The price has not yet been released, but Musk promises that it will be competitive.