It happens to be a well-known fact that Elon Musk has grabbed attention and eyeballs across the globe for having incredible plans to steer the future of this planet. Much of what Elon Musk dedicates his life to revolves around his vision to change the world and humanity. His short term goals include things like reducing reliance on non-renewable energy, reducing global warming and making transport efficient and cheap. His long term plans involve the evolution of the human mind and also to make inter-planetary travel a reality by beginning the colonization of Mars in the foreseeable future.

Image: Getty Images
Image: Getty Images

Elon Musk’s total estimated wealth form all his different ventures is around $15.2 billion, making him the 80th-wealthiest person in the world. Musk is also ranked as the 21st most powerful person on the Forbes list of most powerful people in 2016.

The man has made and left a mark in numerous fields which have seemingly no connection to each other. To name a few Elon Musk was the co-founder of X.com a banking company which was later renamed as PayPal and is currently one of the world’s largest Internet payment companies

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Not satisfied with his current work, Musk pulled out of PayPal and jumped onto the automotive industry in the form of Tesla Inc and took the world by storm. Focusing on the cleanest form of energy Tesla cars which run primarily on electricity, are gaining massive coverage and demands all around the globe for their eco-friendly nature. Tesla’s 2017 goals are to launch a new car, open a large battery factory, and “perfect autonomous driving.”

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk delivers Model X electric sports-utility vehicles during a presentation in Fremont, California REUTERS/Stephen Lam - RTS2CQX
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk delivers Model X electric sports-utility vehicles during a presentation in Fremont, California REUTERS/Stephen Lam – RTS2CQX

However, Musk wanted more than just building eco-friendly cars. He wanted eco-friendly energy generation. In hopes of achieving that dream in 2014, Tesla Inc bought $90 million stock of SolarCity, an American company that specializes in solar energy services. Subsequently in August same year SolarCity merged with Musk’s Tesla for $2.6 billion. This gave Musk incredible control on solar energy development.  SolarCity is the number one provider of residential and commercial solar energy. It maintains a vertically integrated supply chain for high efficiency module manufacturing. Solarcity products solar roof and Powerwall 2 want to transform energy generation and storage.

Image Credit: REUTERS
Image Credit: REUTERS

Musk also envisioned human enhancement through Artificial intelligence. He planned to implant computer chips and AI in the human brain as part of evolving the human conscience. To propel this Musk along with eight others co-founded Neuralink. Musk said the company aims to make devices to treat serious brain diseases in the short-term, with the eventual goal of human enhancement. Basically, Musk seems to want to achieve a communications leap equivalent in impact to when humans came up with language and dialect. Musk’s vision would enable direct “uncompressed” communication of concepts between people, instead of having to effectively “compress” your original thought by translating it into language, and then having the other party “decompress” the package you send them linguistically. Eliminating the middle man which is language, by integrating the conscious brain with AI will propel the human brain into a new stage of human evolution. He also runs a non-profit artificial intelligence (AI) Research Company called OpenAI that aims to carefully promote and develop friendly AI in such a way as to benefit humanity as a whole.

An electroencephalography (EEG) cap which measures brain activity. Image: Reuters/Michaela Rehle
An electroencephalography (EEG) cap which measures brain activity. Image: Reuters/Michaela Rehle

Musk is also ventured into the transportation business, after seeing people complain about expensive travel. He created a concept called Hyperloop, a network of tubes with a vacuum inside, that would accelerate pods to cruising speed gradually using a linear electric motor and glide above their track using passive magnetic levitation or air bearings. Musk made the outline of the initial Hyperloop concept opensourced by making it public. He released a preliminary design document and others have been encouraged to take the ideas and further develop them.

Image: Hyperloop One
Image: Hyperloop One

India is also on Hyperloop’s plan with a proposed route in India from Delhi to Mumbai in 55 minutes at a fraction of the price of air travel. The initial letter of intent with the Indian Government was however between Chennai and Bengaluru.

He was also irked by the severe traffic problems in the city. To counter that Musk co-founded The Boring Company an infrastructure and tunneling company that plans to tunnel under major cities providing a sled that can zoom in at speeds of 125 kmph non-stop. According to Musk, the company’s goal is to enhance tunneling speed enough such that establishing an underground tunnel network is financially feasible.

But Musk was moving again, ahead of the earthly problems of transport, energy, AI, Cars etc. Not satisfied with the way humans were living their lives on Earth, Musk theorized a mass human extinction event which could wipe humanity from the face of the planet and planned to counter it. He wanted humanity to move beyond the Earth to distant planets like Mars. The only problem was the cost of putting humans in space was humoungous.

Image: SpaceX
Image: SpaceX

So Musk invested almost all his wealth in a space transport services company which he called SpaceX. The ambition of this program was to substantially cut the cost of space travel by making re-usable rockets. They were termed as Dragon spacecraft family and Falcon launch vehicle family. Although initially it nearly bankrupted him, Musk was successfully able to launch and land the same rocket.

His latest research paper gave detailed description of how in the near future a colonization of Mars with actual human settlement and self-sustaining city is possible. He is working on a plan to land people on the red planet before NASA.

Elon Musk is perhaps the greatest visionary on this planet. He is an inspiring figure and his concern for the human race’s survival is over whelming. Given enough time and resources Elon Musk will most definitely change the world as we know it.

Humans on Mars. Image: SpaceX.
Humans on Mars. Image: SpaceX.

Publish date: July 4, 2017 6:22 pm| Modified date: July 4, 2017 6:22 pm

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