While there has been a nod to Elon Musk (above) in, at least, one previous episode of The Simpsons, he will be appearing as himself in the upcoming 26th season! The news was announced at ComicCon over the weekend:
According to information gleaned from ComicCon, Elon Musk is due to arrive in Springfield some time during Season 26, and will lock horns with everyone’s favourite evil Nuclear Power Plant owner Charles Montgomery Plantagenet Schicklgruber Burns (Mr. Burns for short), something which will not only make a mark on the centenarian billionaire’s ego but also leave him completely stripped of his fortune.
The other details of the episode are a closely-guarded secret, but with the real-world Musk known for his preference of solar power over nuclear fission, we’re suspecting energy and electric cars play a part too.
CANNOT WAIT!! If you guys see updates on this before I do, please send them my way.
This is a 9-minute clip from last night’s Colbert Report which is longer than what aired, it includes a discussion on vertical take off/landing of electric jets. Here is the 6-minute version that aired on Hulu.
Colbert shows a F9R take off/landing and talks rapid reusability and Mars, Tesla open patents, and jetpacks. Musk mentions that you’ll be able to name your Tesla with the next software update, and has named his Tesla Old Faithful.
We’re going to Elon like it’s 1999. Thanks to Michelle for submitting this awesome Internet gold, it’s a CNN look at Silicon Valley in 1999. It features Steve Jurvetson with vignettes of Jeffrey Skoll (eBay), Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail), Graham Spencer (Excite) and, of course, Elon Musk.
Musk comes in at 7:10 for brief comments about x.com, future of the Internet, and footage of the day he got his McLaren F1 delivered. Consider watching the whole video, other than chuckling at what was considered cutting edge technology in 1999 you’ll get behind the scenes of the entrepreneurial culture of the time.
I see why this interview got so much press, it covers a lot of territory. The 20-minute interview covers Tesla Model 3, reasoning behind the gigafactory location, plans for separating electric power from coal production, reason for SpaceX not going public, need for reusable rockets, frustrations that SpaceX wasn’t allowed to compete for military launch contracts, and why we need to be watchdogs for the development of artificial intelligence.
The blog is 2 years old today! I thought I’d celebrate by celebrating you and whipping up a little dataviz. A special shoutout to sagansense, your reblogs have exposed the blog to a much larger audience!
And thanks to you all for your patience as I’ve dropped off the map this last month, I know I’ve missed posting some cool Elon shenanigans. I’ve been busy applying for jobs and curating my first photography exhibit. But no worries, I’ll be back on the wagon soon enough!
Stumbled upon this post from April 2013, Elon Musk, The Disruptive Technologist, on Recorded Future. I’m new to Recorded Future so I’m not sure how legit this information is but the article takes you through a series of charts and diagrams of Musk’s connections, where his technologies touch the world, and even looking at how his companies are influencing battery and digital prototyping technologies. I like this info-intensive look at the ripple effect of Elon Musk’s companies.
Here’s a highlight from the post:
Maybe the question is not how the future looks like inside Mr. Musk’s mind but: “How will Elon Musk look in the future?” He already is the Howard Hughes of today, but how you can deny that he also has the look and appeal to become the Sir Peter Weyland of tomorrow?