8 Tech Industries Revolutionized by Elon Musk - Tesla, SpaceX and More

8 Tech Industries Revolutionized by Elon Musk - Tesla, SpaceX and More

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Elon Musk is changing the world, one invention at a time. His ideas and his innovative projects, ranging from space travel to saving the planet, make him one of the most brilliant minds of the 21st century.

Now, sit back and relax, while we take a look at the state of 8 industries and how ElonMusk is transforming them.

Top 8 Revolutionized Elon Musk Projects 


8. Automotive: 

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Today, Americans pay around $2,100 a year in gasoline and “motor oil expenses” alone. Though electric vehicles like Teslas still rely on the grid for energy, they could help reduce that economic burden. 

Owning a Tesla, however, can be affordable as there is no need for gas or oil changes. Tesla distinguishes itself with its self-driving technology, enabling features like auto-steering, self-parking, and summoning. 

The vehicles are equipped with 8 external cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a radar that are used to generate a model of the surrounding environment. As of January 2021; Tesla cars are sold at $37,990 for the base Model 3. In 2020, Tesla delivered almost 500,000 vehicles. 

And In the summer of 2020, Tesla's market value climbed above 200 billion U.S. dollars. The American automotive company has been setting new records since. However, there are questions regarding the safety of autonomous driving tech and its regulatory approval awaits. 

7. Aerospace: 

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Elon Musk is apparently very serious about living on Mars, and he wants to bring a million people along for the ride. SpaceX and the in-development Starship rocket are key to Musk’s plans. 

The rocket is topped by the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, which is capable of carrying upto 7 passengers to and from Earth orbit, and beyond. In the Summer of, 2020;  SpaceX became the first commercial company to send 2 NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and back.

For Musk, reusable rockets are the key to making space travel accessible. . Musk's timetable for sending us to Mars? He wants SpaceX to put 1M people on Mars by2050. But before it takes anyone to Mars, it plans to bring Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa close to the moon with his 6-8 guests- which is planned to launch as soon as 2023. 

6. Telecommunications: 

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SpaceX’s ambitious $10B Starlink project targets the population that terrestrial networks have failed to reach. There have been a number of prominent satellite internet companies in the last decades, but the Starlink project differs in some significant ways: reduced cost, decreased latency, and higher internet speeds  SpaceX began running a Starlink beta in theUS in late 2020. 

And in January 2021, Starlink satellite internet service has been approved in the UK, and people are already receiving their beta kits. One user told Insider that after receiving his Starlink equipment, his download speed jumped from 0.5 megabits per second to 85 Mbps. 

The Starlink kit costs £439 upfront, plus £84 for a monthly subscription. SpaceX currently has more than 800 Starlinksatellites in orbit, but it will require thousands more to be able to offer the service globally. 

The company hopes to rapidly expand availability in 2021, ultimately covering most of the populated world.  Ultimately, Starlink’s progress has brought momentum into an industry that has been stagnant for decades. 

5. Energy: 

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Eliminating our dependency on fossil fuels and instead of drawing energy from the sun has been one of Musk’s priorities for more than a decade... SolarCity, Elon Musk's first attempt to make solar power mainstream, was at the forefront of the early 2000’s “solar gold rush.”Solar City's key innovation, though, was less on the technology side and more on the accounting side. 

Before SolarCity, the cost for getting a solar roof installed was between $30,000and $50,000 upfront. SolarCity pioneered the “solar lease” strategy, which allows homeowners to get their roofs installed for free and pay back the installation costs over time. By 2013, it was the leading installer of solar systems in residential buildings in the United States. 

In  2016,  Tesla introduced this technology to help people charge their Teslas at home and on the road. These so-called Powerwall batteries are installed in homes and connected to solar generators by third parties.SolarCity’s business later became organized under the Tesla “Solar Roof”  — allowing Tessa to provide end-to-end residential solar energy rather than just the battery. 

4. Transportation :

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Transportation by vacuum tube is a centuries-old idea. However, In 2012, Elon Musk was one of the first to convince people that this vision could be realized. Musk's Hyperloop transport concept involves pods inside vacuum tubes carrying passengers at high speeds. 

The vehicle floats above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. In this technology, a “pod” would be able to travel a distance of 30 miles in just 2.5 minutes, cutting a 6-hour trip to just30 minutes. And it would only need to cost about $20 USD each way to sustain itself. 

Many companies created their own solutions using Elon Musk’s whitepaper as an open-source starter - One of which is Virgin Hyperloop. In November 2020, the company has trialled its first-ever journey with passengers, in the desert of Nevada. 

In the trial, two passengers traveled the length of a 500m test track in 15 seconds, reaching 107mph However, this is a fraction of Virgin's ambitions for travel speeds of more than 600mph- projecting a 45-minute journey from Los Angeles to SanFrancisco. 

3. Infrastructure/Tunneling:

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The Boring Company is Musk’s solution to“soul-destroying traffic.” The company aims to “construct safe, fast-to-dig, and low-cost transportation, utility, and freight tunnels.”The cost of tunneling typically ranges between $100M up to $1B/mile., which is one of the major problems in the industry. 

The Boring Company, however, says it has reduced this to $10M per mile. The company intends to build tunnels of just14 feet and reducing the diameter can save millions of dollars. 

The other problem is the speed. Tunnel boring machines are slow — typically only digging one mile of the tunnel in 8 to 12 weeks. And Musk’s company says its boring machines will aim to tunnel at least 1 mile per week. 

Moreover, Boring Bricks will reuse the dirt from tunneling, recycling waste into building materials, and reducing the emissions derived from traditional concrete builds, furthering Musk’s vision for a cleaner planet. 

As Musk aims to put 1M people on Mars, tunnels are central to this vision. With inhospitable conditions, humans may need to live underground, and building a network of tunnels could be essential. 

2. Artificial Intelligence:

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Elon Musk has long been vocal about the dangers of AI. That's why he founded OpenAI with the intent of strengthening AI research. In the four short years of its existence, OpenAI has become one of the leading AI research labs in the world. 

One of the core concerns is the learning rate for AI. The company created OpenAI Five — an AI that learned to play a multiplayer video game called Dota 2 — And it played the equivalent of 45,000 years of Dota 2 against itself over a time span of 10 months. 

In April 2019, OpenAI Five became the first AI system to defeat Dota 2 world champions in an e-sports game. It went on to win 99.4% of all games played in a public experiment that let anyone play the AI. 

Above all, OpenAI is lionized for its mission. Its goal is to be the first to create AGI—a machine with the learning and reasoning powers of a human mind. The purpose is not world domination; rather, the lab wants to ensure that the technology is developed safely and its benefits distributed evenly to the world. 

1. Healthcare:

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As Musk tweeted in July, “If you can't beat em, join em.” Elon Musk's neuroscience startup Neuralink aims to implant wireless brain-computer interfaces that will link human brains directly to computers. 

Once installed, this device will be capable of sending and receiving electrical signals through the brain. And it will use these signals to control machines. Neuralink will also help cure neurological conditions like Alzheimer's, dementia, and spinal cord injuries and ultimately fuse humankind with artificial intelligence. 

The company unveiled a pig named Gertrude that has had a coin-sized computer chip inits brain for two months in 2020, showing off an early step toward this goal. 

For Musk, BCI is the only way the human race will survive given the ongoing encroachment of AI. “Even in the most benign scenario,” Musk says, “We would be pets.” And Brain-computer interfaces are the way to bridge the gap and fuse humans with computers. However, Neuralink hasn't reveal timelines for clinical testing yet but has claimed that trials could begin in 2021. 

Conclusion :

Overall, Elon Musk has not just changed the game, he has created a new one entirely, opening the world up to new ways of thinking in terms of sustainability, efficiency, and a greener future. 

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