Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor.
He is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com which merged with PayPal of Confinity.
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Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
I think long term you can see Tesla establishing factories in Europe, in other parts of the U.S. and in Asia.
My vision is for a fully reusable rocket transport system between Earth and Mars that is able to re-fuel on Mars - this is very important - so you don't have to carry the return fuel when you go there.
If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.
A utility can handle up to 20% of production from solar and that helps the grid because it produces electricity when needed. Solar power peaks in the middle of the day and that's also when air conditioning is running and businesses are operating, so power production matches usage.
Automotive franchise laws were put in place decades ago to prevent a manufacturer from unfairly opening stores in direct competition with an existing franchise dealer that had already invested time, money and effort to open and promote their business.
Rockets are cool. There's no getting around that.
Yeah, well I think anyone who likes fast cars will love the Tesla.
And it has fantastic handling by the way. I mean this car will crush a Porsche on the track, just crush it. So if you like fast cars, you'll love this car. And then oh, by the way, it happens to be electric and it's twice the efficiency of a Prius.
It is true that SpaceX is partially a government contractor, but it would be unfair to say that SpaceX is entirely a government contractor.
I usually describe myself as an engineer; that's basically what I've been doing since I was a kid.
I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration.
My background educationally is physics and economics, and I grew up in sort of an engineering environment - my father is an electromechanical engineer. And so there were lots of engineery things around me.
The United States is definitely ahead in culture of innovation.
If someone wants to accomplish great things, there is no better place than the U.S.
I've actually made a prediction that within 30 years a majority of new cars made in the United States will be electric. And I don't mean hybrid, I mean fully electric.
I'm trying to construct a world that maximises the probability that SpaceX continues its mission without me.
I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better. I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.
I think life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems.
.. It's got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious.
There are really two things that have to occur in order for a new technology to be affordable to the mass market. One is you need economies of scale. The other is you need to iterate on the design. You need to go through a few versions.
I'm a Silicon Valley guy. I just think people from Silicon Valley can do anything.
It is definitely true that the fundamental enabling technology for electric cars is lithium-ion as a cell chemistry technology. In the absence of that, I don't think it's possible to make an electric car that is competitive with a gasoline car.
Obviously Tesla is about helping solve the consumption of energy in a sustainable manner, but you need the production of energy in a sustainable manner.
I'm anti-tax, but I'm pro-carbon tax.
What I'm trying to do is, is to make a significant difference in space flight.
And help make space flight accessible to almost anyone.
If you had to buy a new plane every time you flew somewhere, it would be incredibly expensive.
I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.
Biofuels such as ethanol require enormous amounts of cropland and end up displacing either food crops or natural wilderness, neither of which is good.
I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I'm really good at email.
I don't think it's a good idea to plan to sell a company.
If you think back to the beginning of cell phones, laptops or really any new technology, it's always expensive.
Stationary storage will be as big as the car business long term.
The growth rate will probably be several times what it is for the car business.
I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens.
I do think there should be some regulations on AI.
The lessons of history would suggest that civilisations move in cycles.
You can track that back quite far - the Babylonians, the Sumerians, followed by the Egyptians, the Romans, China. We're obviously in a very upward cycle right now, and hopefully that remains the case. But it may not.
The problem with car dealerships is you've already decided what you want to buy before you even go there, and you're really just going there to talk through some annoying negotiation.
Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time.
Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.
If anyone has a vested interest in space solar power, it would have to be me.
Selling an electric sports car creates an opportunity to fundamentally change the way America drives.
I was born in Africa. I came to California because it's really where new technologies can be brought to fruition, and I don't see a viable competitor.
It's obviously tricky to convert cellulose to a useful biofuel.
I think actually the most efficient way to use cellulose is to burn it in a co-generation power plant. That will yield the most energy and that is something you can do today.