Elon Musk

18 Feb

“What do I advise? Forget it all. Don’t be afraid. Do what you get the most pleasure from. Is it to build a cloud chamber? Then go on doing things like that. Develop your talents wherever they may lead. Damn the torpedoes – full speed ahead!
If you have any talent,or any occupation that delights you,do it, and do it to the hilt”

― Richard P. Feynman

Elon Musk epitomizes this and so much more. The brilliant entrepreneur behind Tesla,SpaceX, SolarCity and PayPal. A Brief Bio can be seen here : and

I want to share this TED conversation with Elon Musk and TED curator Chris Anderson for you dear friends. In this brilliant conversation Elon Musk talks about his game changing projects electric car, a solar energy leasing company and a reusable rocket.

To quote from Google’s Nikesh Arora address to graduate students at Northeastern university ” Elon Musk, who some of you might know as the founder of Tesla, came over the other day. I was telling him I had to come from New Delhi to Boston, which I did this morning, it took me 20 hours. He said, “Well, we’re soon going to have some­thing called the Hyper­loop, which is a tube that will get you from [Los Angels to San Fran­cisco] in 30 min­utes.” He wasn’t trying to build a better car or a better plane; he was trying to change the future of trans­porta­tion. In fact, he’s famous for saying he wants to die on Mars, and not by impact. ” ( Please refer to a post on Nikesh Arora : 2013 Graduate Commencement Ceremony ( North­eastern Uni­ver­sity)). I first came to know about ” Hyperloop” from this talk. I was stunned and equally curious. May be this is 100X thinking.

Elon Musk on being asked ” What kind of crazy dream would persuade you to think of trying to take on the auto industry and build an all-electric car?” replies to host ” Well, it goes back to when I was in university. I thought about, what are the problems that are most likely to affect the future of the world or the future of humanity? I think it’s extremely important that we have sustainable transport and sustainable energy production. That sort of overall sustainable energy problem is the biggest problem that we have to solve this century, independent of environmental concerns. In fact, even if producing CO2 was good for the environment, given that we’re going to run out of hydrocarbons, we need to find some sustainable means of operating. ” Isn’t that big bang thinking ?

He also goes on to say ” I should say that I think, actually, all modes of transport will become fully electric with the ironic exception of rockets. There’s just no way around Newton’s third law. The question is how do you accelerate the advent of electric transport? And in order to do that for cars, you have to come up with a really energy efficient car, so that means making it incredibly light, and so what you’re seeing here is the only all-aluminum body and chassis car made in North America. In fact, we applied a lot of rocket design techniques to make the car light despite having a very large battery pack. And then it also has the lowest drag coefficient of any car of its size. So as a result, the energy usage is very low, and it has the most advanced battery pack, and that’s what gives it the range that’s competitive, so you can actually have on the order of a 250-mile range. ” This about the electric car and Tesla.

On his solar venture SolarCity, the brilliant entrepreneur says “As I mentioned earlier, we have to have sustainable electricity production as well as consumption, so I’m quite confident that the primary means of power generation will be solar. I mean, it’s really indirect fusion, is what it is. We’ve got this giant fusion generator in the sky called the sun, and we just need to tap a little bit of that energy for purposes of human civilization. What most people know but don’t realize they know is that the world is almost entirely solar-powered already. If the sun wasn’t there, we’d be a frozen ice ball at three degrees Kelvin, and the sun powers the entire system of precipitation. The whole ecosystem is solar-powered. ”

Talking about his space venture SpaceX ” I did build rockets when I was a kid, but I didn’t think I’d be involved in this. It was really more from the standpoint of what are the things that need to happen in order for the future to be an exciting and inspiring one? And I really think there’s a fundamental difference, if you sort of look into the future, between a humanity that is a space-faring civilization, that’s out there exploring the stars, on multiple planets, and I think that’s really exciting, compared with one where we are forever confined to Earth until some eventual extinction event. ”

Finally on being asked by TED host ” Can someone learn from you? It is truly amazing what you’ve done. ” The brilliant entrepreneur says ” Well, I do think there’s a good framework for thinking. It is physics. You know, the sort of first principles reasoning. Generally I think there are — what I mean by that is, boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there, as opposed to reasoning by analogy. Through most of our life, we get through life by reasoning by analogy, which essentially means copying what other people do with slight variations. And you have to do that. Otherwise, mentally, you wouldn’t be able to get through the day. But when you want to do something new, you have to apply the physics approach. Physics is really figuring out how to discover new things that are counterintuitive, like quantum mechanics. It’s really counterintuitive. So I think that’s an important thing to do, and then also to really pay attention to negative feedback, and solicit it, particularly from friends. This may sound like simple advice, but hardly anyone does that, and it’s incredibly helpful. ”

I think this deductive reasoning of mathematics and physics is so essential to inventors. To marry it into a enterprise is brilliant. Perhaps If Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein would have been businessmen they would be Elon Musk. Or may be Elon Musk is new Steve Jobs.

Hope you like this brilliant TED conversation with Elon Musk as much did sharing. I wish had that kind of talent, but talent to understand talent is also enough 🙂 Hope you have a nice day! Thank you!


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