It’s been a little tough for Elon Musk this year. Tesla shares might have their first down year ever, reported CNBC, and GM is beating Tesla with a long-range EV at a mass-market price point. The first passenger death related to Tesla’s autopilot feature also caught Musk in the cross-hairs. Plus, a SpaceX rocket blew up in September, and the explosion might even have been sabotage, CNBC reported.
1. He Thinks We’re in the Matrix, Basically
According to The New Yorker, people are becoming obsessed with the idea that our lives are just a computer simulation.
Now, Forbes reported, Musk and “at least one other future-facing donor” are spending millions of dollars for scientists to find a way out of the computer simulation that we may or may not be in.
2. He Wants to Colonize Mars
This idea is still pretty far off, The Washington Post warns. Nevertheless, Musk recently laid down a loose plan to take humanity to Mars in SpaceX ships. Each ship would carry 100-200 people, The Washington Post reported, and there might be 10,000 of these rockets taking off every two years in the next few decades.
Don’t pack your bags just yet, though. According to WIRED Magazine Musk estimated that, right now, if you wanted a one-way ticket to Mars, it would set you back a good $10 billion.
Even so, Musk believes that expanding humanity to Mars will save our species. If we don’t develop civilization on Mars, we’re “subject to a single-point failure” that most refer to as Doomsday, The Washington Post reported.
3. He Might Have Introduced a “5th Mode of Transport”
In 2013, Musk introduced the idea of the Hyperloop to the world because he was unhappy with the California High Speed Rail project. The project would install an expensive high speed rail between L.A. and San Francisco. Musk wasn’t having it though, saying the rail project was too expensive and still too slow.
Musk wants to create the Hyperloop: a low-cost, self-sufficient, ultra-fast alternative to the High Speed Rail. The train would travel inside of a giant pneumatic tube at near-supersonic speed, moving passengers from L.A. to San Francisco in just 35 minutes, New York Magazine reports. The train would be 6% as expensive as the California High Speed Rail, according to New York Magazine, would use solar arrays on the outer tube in order to be 100% self-sufficient, and would float on what Musk referred to as “air-bearings.”
The Hyperloop was dismissed by many as a far-off dream, reported New York Magazine, but some clung to it as a vision of the future. A new company, Hyperloop One, was even born from Musk’s vision. The company isn’t involved with Musk at all, and has departed from his vision drastically. The Hyperloop One would be a cargo shipping train, not a passenger train, and will rely on grid power instead of solar arrays. It will use existing passive magnetic-levitation technology rather than “air bearings,” and the cost would go from 6% of the California High Speed Rail project to 60%.
We’ll see where the Hyperloop leads.
4. His Net Worth is $11.5 Billion
Musk is the founder and CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX, so he’s not short on cash. But before he brought us electric cars and privatized space exploration, he was still an entrepreneur.
He’s actually from South Africa, and stuck to online ventures before Tesla. CNN reported that when he was 24, he and his brother founded Zip2, which gave easier access to maps and directories to online newspapers. Though you might have never even heard of Zip2, Musk made $22 million when he sold it. He wasn’t even 30 years old.
He then turned to X.com, CNN reported, which is a financial services company that you might now know as PayPal.
Now, with PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX all under his belt, his net worth is up to $11.5 billion, according to Forbes.
5. He Follows One Woman on Twitter (After the Internet Called Him Out)
On October 4th, Motherboard told the whole internet that Elon Musk follows zero women on Twitter.
Weaver was referred to as the 55th most-trusted news source because Musk’s defense was that he only uses Twitter to follow news organizations — that’s why there were no women at all, he said.
We’ll see if Musk decides any other women in the universe make good news sources.