I'm just one of the mazillion people inspired by Elon Musk. Posting what catches my eye in case you have as much fun watching this pioneer in action as I do.

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I came to the conclusion that patents were kinda like buying a lottery ticket to a lawsuit.
Elon Musk from his recent interview talking about why Tesla released their patents.

Vanity Fair​ released the Elon Musk talk from their recent New Establishment Summit. There is a 20 minute interview followed by 15 minutes of audience Q&A. The talk covers Tesla (it was the day before the Model D release), SpaceX through the lens of rapid reusability and Mars colony, the rapid development of artificial intelligence, advancement of battery technology, as well as his thoughts on PayPal, Bitcoin, Silicon Valley (show), and the recent India Mars mission.

An Elon Musk character was a part of the last South Park episode, Handicar. Musk’s character comes in at the 8, 15, and 17 minute mark. This is an awesome episode that pokes fun at a lot of Silicon Valley companies.

Musk tweeted about the episode and is a huge, longtime fan of South Park.

Cool footage of the Tesla P85D doing a 0 to 60 mph test drive and then switching to autopilot. Cool to see the news crew get sucked back in to their seats. The line to test drive this model is going to be ridiculous, The P85D gets close to matching the McLaren F1 which can do 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Musk discusses other features of the Model D in the video.

During the same interview he also talks about the legal liabilities of auto pilot and gives another reminder that Tesla’s stock is not a focus point for him.

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Elon Musk on Fox Business program Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman. This 7 minute interview was just after SpaceX was awarded the partial NASA human spaceflight contract to service the International Space Station, it also covers the Gigafactory.

A highlight from the interview at about the 3 minute mark is when Claman asks Musk if he’s worried about Blue Origin, Boeing, Lockheed coming together to build a next generation engine as direct competitors with SpaceX:

It’s certainly a good compliment. If all of your competitors are banning together to, sort of, attack you that’s like a good, or a very sincere compliment.

He goes on to mention that even on the international level that part of Vladimir Putin’s intention of increasing the Russian space program’s budget by $30 billion was to compete with SpaceX. 

Doesn’t look like Vanity Fair is releasing the full interview from the New Establishment Summit, at least not yet.

The above snippet is Musk talking about the rapid development of artificial intelligence with recursive self improvement capabilities. When Walter Isaacson clarifies there are no data points that support show we’ve ever lost control of a machine. Musk replies that the data points to be tracking are progress of digital intelligence versus time.

Hopefully Vanity Fair will release the entire interview, I bet it was awesome. there was a small write up that was with the video post.

Musk was recently named #1 Disrupter of the New Establishment by Vanity Fair. The Instagram photo below is him arriving to the summit. Looks like he spoke along side Walter Isaacson at the Summit…!! Cross your fingers there will be video of this talk!


@teslamotors CEO Elon Musk arrives in style. #VFSummit photo by @justbish

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Recent write up from Business Insider9 Books That Elon Musk Thinks Everyone Should Read.

  1. "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
  3. "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" by Walter Isaacson
  4. "Einstein: His Life and Universe" by Walter Isaacson
  5. "Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down" by J.E. Gordon
  6. "Ignition!: An informal history of liquid rocket propellants" by John D. Clark
  7. "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" by Nick Bostrom
  8. "Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future" by Peter Thiel
  9. "Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness" by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele
Not since Steve Jobs has an American technologist captured the cultural imagination like Musk.
Ross Andersen in a recent aeon magazine article he wrote about Musk.

This illustration by Michael Marsicano is part of a recent aeon article about Elon Musk. The article is a great geek-out about space with Musk and, the author, Ross Andersen. Andersen weaves us in and out of conversation with Musk along with SpaceX history, looking at what it would take to colonize Mars, and exploring possible histories of our solar system. The article awesomely wraps up with Musk easily calculating light travel math contemplating how feasible star travel would be.

An awesome long read if you enjoy Musk talking in-depth about space travel and colonization.

My favorite highlight from the article:

Musk has a more sinister theory. ‘The absence of any noticeable life may be an argument in favour of us being in a simulation,’ he told me. ‘Like when you’re playing an adventure game, and you can see the stars in the background, but you can’t ever get there. If it’s not a simulation, then maybe we’re in a lab and there’s some advanced alien civilisation that’s just watching how we develop, out of curiosity, like mould in a petri dish.’ Musk flipped through a few more possibilities, each packing a deeper existential chill than the last, until finally he came around to the import of it all. ‘If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilisations, and I mean strange in a bad way,’ he said. ‘And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilisations.’

Thanks to Jordan Bishop for the submission!

Vanity Fair magazine just named Elon Musk the #1 Disrupter on their The New Establishment list. 

Elon Musk describing the Gigafactory at the Nevada State Capital on September 5th. 

Musk talked to reporters on the steps of the capital afterwards. This CNBC news report shows snippets of Musk talking Tesla stock, why Nevada won the bid, and some footage of crews already breaking ground for the Gigafactory.

After collecting that photo set of Elon Musk illustrations, magazine covers popped into mind. If anyone can find a better resolution of the Inc. cover, please send it my way.

After yesterday’s Fortune magazine post, I got to thinking about the illustrations I’ve stumbled across over the last couple of years. 

Artist credits top to bottom, left to right: