Elon Musk Claims Tesla Is Actually Building A Flying Car

Elon Musk’s public persona is somewhere between a technocrat Willy Wonka and Doc Brown at 5am in the smoking area at Fabric – and he’s just …

Elon Musk’s public persona is somewhere between a technocrat Willy Wonka and Doc Brown at 5am in the smoking area at Fabric – and he’s just slipped closer to the latter than ever before.

One Twitter user suggested that by 2022 Tesla would be making something like the flying Delorean from Back To The Future 2, and Musk strolled into the thread to casually mention that that’s exactly what he wants Tesla to do.

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The new Roadster will actually do something like this https://t.co/fIsTAYa4x8

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 9, 2019

Given that Tesla’s 2016 April Fool’s joke was about a forthcoming flying car, many on Twitter wondered if Musk was joking. Musk was apparently not joking.

I’m not. Will use SpaceX cold gas thruster system with ultra high pressure air in a composite over-wrapped pressure vessel in place of the 2 rear seats.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 9, 2019

Plus, you can basically accelerate at the limit of human endurance

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 9, 2019

Then again, this isn’t the first time that Musk’s restless brain has parped out an idea for a product that has then ended up either on the scrapheap or dissipated into the air before it got to the drawing board. Here are five of the best.

That mini-submarine, obviously

Just returned from Cave 3. Mini-sub is ready if needed. It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids’ soccer team. Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future. Thailand is so beautiful. pic.twitter.com/EHNh8ydaTT

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2018

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The Thai football team trapped in a cave last year needed a hero, and they got several in the team of divers who risked their lives swimming to rescue them. They also got Musk running along behind them with what looked like a remote-controlled submersible coffin. It did at least exist, even if it was dismissed as “not practical for this mission” by Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the rescue mission’s joint command centre, and told it “had absolutely no chance of working” by diver Vernon Unsworth. Then came all the “pedo guy” unpleasantness, the goading about how diver Unsworth should sue him if he really wasn’t a “pedo guy”, and the ensuing defamation lawsuit filed by Unsworth.

A website rating journalists’ integrity

After becoming irritated by reports questioning the safety record of his Tesla factories, Musk suggested it might be a good idea to get the notably trustworthy and sincere people of the internet to rate and slate the trustworthiness of journalists and their outlets. A Ukraine-based news organisation had already taken pravda.com, but that didn’t stop Musk.

Problem solved, was able to buy https://t.co/ivSUwPqsDT! Game on …

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 25, 2018

Nothing much has happened with Pravduh as yet, but rest assured that 4Chan and Reddit will treat it with the respect it deserves if it ever materialises.

An electric pick-up truck

I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2017

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This is still at the prototype stage, but whether it’ll ever see the light of day/the showroom is up in the air. Musk has said on Twitter that the pick-up truck was due for a big push on 2018, but it’s still yet to surface.

One of the world’s first online banks

Musk founded X.com in November 1999, intending for it to be at the vanguard of a wave of internet-based banks. He left in 2000, though, after which X.com ended up merging with another bank and being renamed PayPal. In a later plot twist, Musk then bought back the rights to the X.com domain in 2017. It was used to advertise a hat sale on The Boring Company website, which as a pay-off for nearly 20 years of mythos isn’t particularly satisfying.

A cyborg dragon

Oh btw I’m building a cyborg dragon

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2018

To be fair, he might have meant the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft designed to drop off supplies at the International Space Station, and which has just completed its first successful mission, but it’s not a proper dragon.

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SpaceX to lay off 10 percent of workforce

Other Musk ventures include OpenAI, Neuralink and the Boring Company, … But Musk has also drawn plenty of criticism over unconventional and at …
SpaceX, headed by Elon Musk, plans to lay off 10 percent of its more than 6,000 employees

SpaceX, headed by Elon Musk, plans to lay off 10 percent of its more than 6,000 employees

SpaceX, headed by Elon Musk, plans to lay off 10 percent of its more than 6,000 employees

SpaceX plans to lay off 10 percent of its more than 6,000 employees, a source familiar with the decision said on Friday.

“To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company,” the California-based company, headed by Elon Musk, said in a statement to AFP.

“Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations,” it added.

“This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team.”

It added that the trim down was “only due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead.”

Citing an email sent to employees on Friday, the Los Angeles Times said the company was offering those affected a minimum of eight weeks’ pay and other benefits, including career coaching and resume assistance.

The announcement came as SpaceX on Friday launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 10 communications satellites.

Founded by Musk, SpaceX makes most of its money from multibillion dollar contracts with NASA and satellite launches.

SpaceX in November won authorization from US officials to put nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit in order to boost cheap, wireless internet access by the 2020s.

And The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the company was raising $500 million from investors to help launch its satellite internet service.

Serial entrepreneur Musk has risen to prominence with a series of ambitious ventures, especially Tesla, which has boosted production of its Model 3 electric car and has continued to enjoy strong demand for the vehicle.

Other Musk ventures include OpenAI, Neuralink and the Boring Company, which focuses on infrastructure and tunnels.

But Musk has also drawn plenty of criticism over unconventional and at times erratic behavior — after admitting last year that he has struggled with exhaustion.

In an interview broadcast last month, Musk openly mocked the US Securities and Exchange Commission after agreeing to a $20 million fine to settle fraud charges the agency had brought over Musk’s quickly aborted effort to take Tesla private.

And in September, he raised eyebrows with an appearance on a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan, which saw him sip whiskey and smoke weed while musing at length about artificial intelligence, colonizing space, and the need to give love a chance.

Later that month, he was sued by a British caver who had helped rescue 12 boys trapped in Thailand after Musk called him a “pedo guy” and a “child rapist.”

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It’s time to give Elon Musk some respect: Varney

Elon Musk doesn’t give a hoot about what people think of him, or say about him. He took a lot of … You’ve heard of the Boring Company. A play on …

What to know about Elon Musk’s new tunnel in California

“Bulls & Bears” panel on how Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled The Boring Company’s first tunnel underneath Hawthorne, California.

Elon Musk doesn’t give a hoot about what people think of him, or say about him. He took a lot of heat for smoking marijuana on camera. He was ridiculed for his wild, middle-of-the-night tweets. Lot of name calling because of his behavior.

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I think it’s time for a re-evaluation. I think it’s time to look at the man’s achievements, rather than his public image. Like him or not, Elon Musk is surely the prime example of a brilliant entrepreneur.

He makes state-of-the-art electric cars. OK, he leaned heavily on green tax credits, but the Tesla is a stand-out vehicle. He had the vision. A lot of people talk about their “vision,” but he went out and did it.

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You’ve heard of SpaceX. That’s an Elon Musk company. He had a vision for re-usable rockets, and he went out and did that, too. SpaceX is launching a network of satellites that will enhance the internet. He has brought private enterprise to the space business. That’s an achievement.

You’ve heard of the Boring Company. A play on words, of course. It bores tunnels. This is Musk’s contribution to future mass transit. The point is, he did it. He just offered a tour of the tunnel he’s already built in southern California. It’s not just talk.

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In the age of social media, we tend to fixate on the negatives. It’s easy to pour scorn on someone who behaves like Elon Musk. But step back, and look at what he has actually done: He’s in the car business, the space business, the mass transit business. He’s got a product in all three industries. That is tangible success.

Give the man credit.

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Elon Musk’s Boring Co. Is An Addictive Chemical That Makes You Crave It Fortnightly

Elon Musk’s unveiling of The Boring Company’s first tunnel underneath Hawthorne, Calif. encapsulates the reasons why he and his companies …

A Tesla Model X emerges from The Boring Co.’s test tunnel in Hawthorne, CA.The Boring Co.

Elon Musk’s unveiling of The Boring Company’s first tunnel underneath Hawthorne, Calif. encapsulates the reasons why he and his companies engender equal parts adulation and loathing from an adoring and abhorring audience.

The audacity of tackling something like drilling holes under Los Angeles in order to ease the miserable traffic when, at the same time governments, local, state and federal, can’t get their acts together to fix roads and bridges and subway systems, floods the libertarian section of the brain with a special Musk molecule.

The Elon molecule is a lot like THC (see killer infographic), which makes some people experience joy and relaxation and others feel paranoia and anxiety.

In some people, the molecule creates a storm of happiness because they see that while most are too willing to say “it’s not possible” and rely on our slow and incompetent government to solve their problems, some heroes out there (Musk) are unafraid to venture on and get things done.

And this molecule is addictive. And why not? SpaceX is going to put like 20 rockets into space this year. And literally, no idea is more ridiculous than a guy who made a buck setting up an online bank (X.com, which merged with PayPal) who then proceeded to blow most of it designing rocket ships. And somehow this insane idea worked out.

Tesla? Tesla should have died 10 times by now. By my count, Elon has copped to at least three “near death” episodes for the electric car, wait, solar panel, wait, battery, wait – something-or-other company.

But it’s not dead, and despite its high-wire act financially, Tesla has the best brand in automotive this side of Ferrari. When I was in China last year for business meeting automotive firms, the only company anyone was interested in talking about was Tesla.

Elon Musk smoking marijuana on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.The Joe Rogan Experience

Hyperloop? Sweet. Don’t kill us AI organization? Hooray! The Elon molecule is overwhelming my neurotransmitters.

Addicts have a high tolerance for countervailing evidence. By now, most people following Elon know he is prone to make promises he can’t keep. A few years ago I talked to him about it and he said he wouldn’t say something he didn’t think was possible.

But this can be forgiven because, he’s literally doing stuff that nobody else has the guts to do, and he’s got all his own chips on the growing gamble.

And to Elon, I think he is genuinely mystified about why so many folks take shots at him. I mean, he’s building rockets! He’s solving global warming! He’s fixing traffic! He’s protecting us from SkyNet! And, he’s dating singers and marrying actresses. The dude is impressive.

But these same Elon molecules have a very different effect on the neurotransmitters in other people’s minds.

Let’s talk about The Boring Company. It turns out that digging tunnels isn’t actually the expensive part of underground transportation. So the cool monster-like boring devices that Musk is using that he borrowed from Total Recall (Mars!!!) may be great at digging holes, but building stations and ventilation and elevators and stuff is actually pretty pricey as well.

According to reports, Elon spent $10 million on the 1.14-mile tunnel, not counting R&D and engineering – which by the way is a fairly standard admission in financials connected to his firms.

The money seems to have come from SpaceX, according to excellent reporting by my former colleague at the WSJ. And gosh, some SpaceX investors seemingly aren’t happy that their money was diverted into a semi-insane tunneling adventure in an area that Musk has zero experience in.

Don’t worry, those investors got some equity in the Boring Company.

The Elon molecule activates incredulity in the neurotransmitters of a significant portion of the population, including the devilish “shorts” who have no faith in the billionaire entrepreneur.

Musk has already missed targets on production for Teslas, ludicrous promises of self-driving vehicles and how can we forget the “funding secured” tweets related to taking Tesla private that led to an SEC crackdown.

Over the past nearly 20 years, he has been building castles in the air and scrambling to put foundations under them and as the castles get higher and more impressive, their weight is becoming more difficult to manage.

These days the only story about Elon and his series of amazing feats is how long can the castles continue to be built without foundations and when will the Elon molecule start giving the addicts a bad high.

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Take-Two Interactive Software, – Consenus Indicates Potential 35.6% Upside

… Max Payne, Midnight Club, and Red Dead names through developing sequels; and offers downloadable episodes, content and virtual currency, and …

Take-Two Interactive Software, with ticker code (TTWO) now have 19 analysts covering the stock with the consensus suggesting a rating of ‘Buy’. The range between the high target price and low target price is between 160 and 101 with a mean TP of 143.58. Given that the stocks previous close was at 105.9 this would indicate that there is a potential upside of 35.6%. The 50 day MA is 111.67 and the 200 day MA is 121.66. The company has a market capitalisation of $11,777m. Visit the company website at: http://www.take2games.com

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. develops, publishes, and markets interactive entertainment solutions for consumers worldwide. The company offers its products under the Rockstar Games and 2K labels, as well as under Private Division and Social Point labels. It develops and publishes action/adventure products under the Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Midnight Club, and Red Dead names through developing sequels; and offers downloadable episodes, content and virtual currency, and releasing titles for smartphones and tablets. The company also develops brands in other genres, including the L.A. Noire, Bully, and Manhunt franchises. In addition, the company publishes various entertainment properties across platforms and a range of genres, including shooter, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, and family/casual entertainment under the BioShock, Mafia, Sid Meier’s Civilization, XCOM series, Borderlands, and Evolve. Further, it publishes sports simulation titles, including NBA 2K series, a basketball video game; and the WWE 2K professional wrestling series. Additionally, the company offers free-to-play mobile games, such as Dragon City and Monster Legends. Its products are designed for console gaming systems, such as Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One; and personal computers comprising smartphones and tablets. The company provides its products through physical retail, digital download, online platforms, and cloud streaming services. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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