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The Evolution of the Big Falcon Rocket
A fairly technical history of Musk's ambitions for a Mars colony, and the rocket that is supposed to get him there.
bfr  mars  elon-musk 
august 2018 by goodmanbrown
Elon Musk hatches plan to take Tesla private | Big Think
Tesla CEO Elon Musk shocked the markets on Tuesday with a series of tweets outlining the mercurial entrepreneur’s desire to take the company private. Investor support is confirmed. Only reason why this is not certain is that it’s contingent on a shareholder vote. http://bit.ly/2w0Kmuf
elon-musk  finance  tesla 
august 2018 by kogakure
Opinion | What Elon Musk Should Learn From the Thailand Cave Rescue - The New York Times

If Silicon Valley wants to help the world, there is a lot it can do, starting with making its own products safer and its own companies more just. Perhaps most important, it can develop respect for hard-earned expertise in areas other than its own.
zeynep-tufekci  elon-musk  performative-publicity  savior-complex  the-new-york-times  thai-cave-rescue-mission  silicon-valley  tech 
july 2018 by yolandaenoch
Elon Musk and the Cult of the Celebrity Savior | Village Voice
But a society run on the benevolence of celebrities — or even the earnest helpfulness of strangers on the Internet — is a society in a state of permanent precariousness. The distribution of public goodwill is an economy not of labor but of attention.

It seems to me it is past time to create a political system that doesn’t leave our lives and deaths to luck. That is the potent, secret promise of sweeping social policies like Medicare for All, free public college, and a universal jobs guarantee: It doesn’t have to be this hard, this desperate.
talia-lavin  elon-musk  performative-social-media  savior-complex  village-voice 
july 2018 by yolandaenoch
Opinion | What Elon Musk Should Learn From the Thailand Cave Rescue - The New York Times
Silicon Valley moguls seem to believe they can fix most anything, and they appear befuddled when their attempts to do so aren’t met with unbridled enthusiasm.
elon-musk  disasters  thailand 
july 2018 by echo
Elon Musk and the Failure of Our Imagination in Space
Permanent ownership claims to an asteroid, whether by a company or a bunch of college space nerds, are unlawful—some might even say rapacious.” ...space barons are shrewdly—one might say cynically—tapping into our respect for astronauts and our idealism about what space represents.
space  elon-musk  good-writing  space-barons 
june 2018 by jomc
Elon Musk: Trump Travel Ban
The tweet of his that made me respond:

"Exactly. There is no possibility of retraction, but there is possibility of modification. It's just a non-zero possibility. Don't know more."
elon-musk  twitter  muslim-ban  donald-trump  president-council 
may 2018 by yolandaenoch
Elon Musk Is No Donald Trump
There are many proposed solutions to the news literacy problem out there. NewsGuard offers seals of approval. The News Literacy Project designs curricula. I will talk at any length about transparency, and about treating your audience with trust and respect. If you’ve got a few dollars to spare, you can do what Jeff Bezos did: He bought a great news organization and by all accounts learned enough about the business fast to make a real impact. It's not as complicated as Alexa!

But I also like Nate Silver’s more modest suggestion. Silver wrote that Musk’s idea was the “spectacularly bad take you write when you have no fucking idea what you're talking about but want to sound like you do” and suggested that he “go spend time in an actual newsroom or get to know some journalists.”
elon-musk  donald-trump  ben-smith  buzzfeed  journalism  media-literacy  nate-silver 
may 2018 by yolandaenoch

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