Posted on April 26, 2022, 2:31 PMUpdated May 10, 2022 at 10:36 am
Elon Musk is a seasoned businessman. His fortune is estimated at no less than 5 265 billion (246.5 billion euros) and his status as the richest man on the planet testifies to this. That didn’t stop him from starting projects that anyone would call “crazy.” A
In addition to Tesla and its electric cars that have revolutionized the automotive industry, SpaceX and its reusable rockets that have shaken the space world, the South African-born billionaire recently bought Twitter for 44 billion. Touching everything, Elon Musk is working on other future projects. Small non-complete inventory.
Boring company, future tunnel boring machine
Often with Tesla bosses, it all started with a tweet in 2016. Stuck in a traffic jam in Los Angeles, he shared his frustration on social networks and promised that he would “build a machine to drill and dig tunnels”. Two months later, the boring company (from the English “boring”, “drill”) began its first work. Elon Musk’s ambition for the company is no less: to reduce traffic congestion in cities by building a vast network of tunnels under the metropolis, the kind of tube that allows users to move capsules at high speeds.
Traffic driving me nuts. I’m going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging …
– Elon Musk (lonelonmusk) December 17, 2016
Six years later, the boring company is now valued at 7 5.7 billion (5.2 billion euros). That’s no less than 75 675 million on April 21. Enough to recruit and expand, even if for the time being the company is facing regulatory hurdles and has only created one real structure in Las Vegas, the effectiveness of which leaves something desirable. Far from the announced future capsules, the loop at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is 2.74 km long, has become a typical tunnel reserved for Tesla only. Inside which form… plug.
Tesla bot, a humanoid robot
For a long time, Elon Musk has been betting on artificial intelligence, sure that men will have to learn to live with this technology. His latest project falls entirely into this consideration: the Tesla bot is a metallic humanoid robot, capable of performing repetitive and dangerous tasks. It will be designed using the same technology as the manufacturer’s semi-autonomous vehicles.
This robot will measure 1.73 meters for 56.7 kg, will have five fingers and a black and white androgenous silhouette. Above all, he will be able to carry 20 kg, lifting loads up to 68 kg in arm length.
The Tesla bot will have a screen on its head and it will be “friendly”, the businessman promised on Tesla Artificial Intelligence Day. For now, only synthetic images have been presented, but a first prototype should see the light of day this year, the billionaire assured during his presentation in August 2021.
Neuralink Brain Implant
Connecting our brains to computers. This is the goal of Neuralink, a start-up that was co-founded by Elon Musk in 2016 and whose work was presented at a conference in 2019. Its technology is a “brain-machine interface”, meaning “a system allows the brain to connect directly to a machine so that it can interpret cerebral activity in real time and translate it into commands or useful information”, then Lyon. The Center explains Jeremy Mattut, “Ecos” researcher in Insom of Neuroscience Research.
When the company was launched, Elon Musk dreamed that Cyborg would allow men to be born whose cognitive abilities would increase thanks to the addition of a level of artificial intelligence to the cortex. Sure, the apps will be less Hollywood than medical.
Neuralink’s device can help paralyzed people, who can use a robotic arm, or people with specific brain injuries, such as those who have had a stroke. The first human test, suspended due to Covid, to allow people with disabilities to use computers could begin this year if Neuralink receives approval from the American Health Authority.
“Not a firecracker”
Back in 2018. To draw attention to his boring company, a tunnel construction company that was created two years ago, Elon Musk has one of the most original marketing ideas. Billionaire decides to sell … Flamethrower. Less than 20,000 units were made and stamped with the name of the tunnel boring machine.
Sold at $ 500 each, they were soon sold out in the fan community of whimsical traders around the world. They allowed him to bring in less than 10 10 million to the boring company’s treasury in a short time.
What Elon Musk did not anticipate was that this could create problems for the authorities in some countries. Police in several states, including the “United States,” believe that this flamethrower is more like a weapon of war than the one reported in 2021 by “Tech Crunch.” If there is a legal problem, the boring company changes its product name to “Not a Flamethrower” or “Not a Flamethrower”.
“Teslaquila”, Tekila signed Tesla
Also in 2018, a failed April Fool’s joke persuaded Tesla to make a bottle of tequila that … sold for $ 250. On April 2 of that year, the day after Hawks Day, Elon Musk posted multiple tweets in the form of a fake press release stating that Tesla had gone bankrupt. He ended up with a photo of himself, falling over an electric car, indicating that he had been found unconscious, surrounded by a bottle of “Teslaquila”, the then-fictional Tequila brand.
Elon was passed against a Tesla Model 3 with a “Teslaquila” bottle around it, a track of dried tears still visible on his cheek.
This is not a far-sighted statement, because, obviously, what is the point?
Happy new month! pic.twitter.com/YcouvFz6Y1
– Elon Musk (lonelonmusk) April 1, 2018
If the joke doesn’t make investors laugh (Tesla stock lost 8% in the stock market that day), the idea of a bottle of the famous Mexican alcohol in the carmaker’s color delighted Internet users.
Two years later, the idea entered Elon Musk’s mind and 75 CL bottles in the form of Lightning were sold on his website, in limited edition and only available in a few American states. To avoid the wrath of the Mexican authorities – the title Tequila is being protected – the firm has chosen the more common name “Tesla Tequila Limited Edition”.