“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”–Elon Musk
I see a major quandary going forward with this feature. Elon Musk quotes may run out before Elon Musk stories run out. And Elon Musk stories will run out, like, never. Though this week, a couple of the stories could easily be categorized as anti-Musk.
Hyperloop—Elon Musk says The Boring Company has received verbal government go ahead to tunnel from New York to Washington, DC. The hyperloop that would run within it could make the run in 29 minutes, vs. the 3+ hours by Amtrak, and could begin construction in as little than 4-6 months, he asserts.
More than one observer thinks Musk is blowing smoke on the rapid startup envisioned for the NY-DC loop. Government approval for large scale infrastructure projects don’t get done in months; they take years or even decades.
Robotics–The L. A. Times reports that a critical shortage of migrant farm workers in California is being met by a move to robotic crop pickers. It still has a way to go, but after years of crackdown on illegal immigration, there appears to be no other way to go.
Artificial Intelligence–China wants to be the world leader in A.I. by 2030, reports the N.Y. Times. They project a domestic industry worth $150 billion yearly. That’s a lot of yuan.
—It’s not just government project proposals that Elon Musk doesn’t understand. According to Rodney Brooks, the founding director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Elon doesn’t know much about artificial intelligence, either. Speaking in an interview with Tech Crunch, Brooks said that the one thing that Elon, and all of the other naysayers who warn of existential risks in A.I., have in common, is that none of them work in A.I.
Autonomous Vehicles–The Verge reports that buyers of autonomous vehicles could effectively face planned obsolescence as technical capabilities advance rapidly. The last time I heard that phrase in regards to cars, it referred to the size and shape of tail fins, circa 1960.