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07.20.17 | 12:37 pm

Elon Musk’s latest Boring Company tweet is a doozy

Not sure what he means here, but the tech billionaire just claimed on Twitter that he has received "verbal govt approval" for a hyperloop network connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

Seems like a stretch given that area he describes is served by multiple transportation agencies and government bodies—and hindered by a bloat of bureaucratic red tape—but we'll reach out anyway. 

Earlier this year, Musk unveiled a conceptual look at an underground tunnel network he says could alleviate traffic congestion in cities like Los Angeles. More on that here.

Update: Important context. Thanks, Elon.

07.17.17 | 5:43 am

Elon Musk warns that AI represents “a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization”

Musk made the comments to U.S. governors attending the National Governors Association Summer Meeting on Saturday, reports Engadget. Musk warned:

"I have exposure to the very cutting-edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it. I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don't know how to react, because it seems so ethereal."

"AI is a rare case where we need to be proactive about regulation instead of reactive. Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it's too late."

07.14.17 | 8:26 am

Elon Musk just launched his X.com mystery website

Elon Musk's X.com website is live. Turns out the project isn't X-rated, nor is it related to X (the band), or X Japan (the other band), or even part of Marvel's X-Men universe. Instead, the whole thing is just an x-asperating tease. 

When you go to the website all you see is a tiny "x" in the corner. Just an x, that's it, even upon closer x-amination (we'll stop now). We'll find out more tomorrow, according to Musk's tweet. The Tesla CEO and tech billionaire recently purchased the domain back from PayPal for "sentimental" reasons, he said in an earlier tweet. Guessing the website is related to SpaceX, but for now Musk, it's just marking the spot.

[Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]

07.03.17 | 11:19 am

Elon Musk’s long-awaited Tesla Model 3 finally has a release date

The Tesla founder tweeted some exciting news about the much-hyped Model 3 on Monday, when he announced that the first vehicle will be completed on Friday. 

 

And if you're one of the first 30 lucky customers, you'll have your Model 3 by the end of the month. 

After that, Musk says production will continue to ramp up, with 20,000 cars produced a month in December. It's a major step for Musk and his vision of getting the world interested in the (up until this year) cost-prohibitive, niche electric vehicles. The Tesla Model 3 comes in at $35,000.

06.23.17 | 9:39 am

SpaceX live-stream: Watch the refurbished Falcon 9 rocket blast off here

Elon Musk's private space-flight operation is gearing up for a doubleheader this weekend with the launch of two rockets. The first is a refurbished Falcon 9 rocket, which will blast off today from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There's a two-hour launch window beginning at 2:10 p.m. ET. (A backup launch opportunity is scheduled for tomorrow at the same time.) If successful, the rocket will carry the first Bulgarian satellite into space. You can check it out via the live-stream below.

Another Falcon 9 launch is planned for Sunday. This one part of its Iridium mission and will blast off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. More to come!

06.19.17 | 3:53 pm

The mayor of L.A. is totally open to Elon Musk’s underground tunnel network

Could Los Angeles be the first stop for Elon Musk's traffic-killing system of underground tunnels? In a recent conversation with a local ABC News station, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti mused that he'd "love to see" the facilitation of a more direct line between LAX airport and its main railway, Union Station, possibly using Elon Musk's boring technology. Musk was encouraged by the mention:

If, when, or how any conversations on the matter will proceed are anyone's guess. When we reached out to Garcetti's office, we got a blanket statement: "Los Angeles is home to some of the world's greatest innovators, and Mayor Garcetti believes that ingenuity and new ideas will play an important role in building our city's future. The mayor welcomes the discussion of how innovative technology can improve quality of life in L.A."

[Photo: Bret Hartman, courtesy of TED]

06.07.17 | 11:35 am

Hyperloop One just revealed some potential European routes

Nearly a year after it revealed a crop of proposed routes in the United States, Hyperloop One has now unveiled semi-finalist proposals for a European Hyperloop. Germany, Scotland, and Spain were among the countries with interest in the new transit tech, according to CNBC. One proposed circular route would go around Germany and hit cities including Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, and Cologne. Another would circle the Netherlands via Amsterdam in the north and Eindhoven in the south.  

The Hyperloop is a concept transportation technology that uses a system of vacuum tubes to transport pods of people or goods at speeds of up to 750 miles per hour. The idea was first popularized by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2013. Since then, companies have emerged to build this futuristic transport system. Hyperloop One expects to have a full-systems test of its product later this year.  

[Photo: Hyperloop]

06.01.17 | 4:10 pm

Elon Musk and Bob Iger leave Trump’s advisory council over Paris agreement exit

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says he's quitting President Trump's advisory council in the wake of the decision to exit the Paris climate agreement.

Earlier this year Musk made the case for joining Trump's advisory board after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick jumped ship:

In December, I agreed to join the Presidential Advisory Forum to provide feedback on issues that I think are important for our country and the world. In tomorrow's meeting, I and others will express our objections to the recent executive order on immigration and offer suggestions for changes to the policy … I understand the perspective of those who object to my attending this meeting, but I believe at this time that engaging on critical issues will on balance serve the greater good.

In a tweet hours later, Disney CEO Bob Iger joined Musk. "As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal," he wrote.

Now the remaining council members, including IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and GM CEO Mary Barra, are facing pressure to resign.

[Photo: Flickr user OnInnovation]

Of course, he's not the only one in Silicon Valley outraged by Trump pulling the plug on the global environmental initiative

05.12.17 | 10:35 am

Watch Elon Musk’s traffic-killing underground tunnel network go for a crazy test run

Tesla and SpaceX CEO (and now Boring Company founder) Elon Musk has debuted a test run of his traffic-killing underground tunnel system, supposedly capable of jettisoning cars 125 miles per hour to their destination. Musk says such a system would be able to get drivers from Westwood to LAX in five minutes. In a video clip on Instagram Musk shows a sled gliding down a tubed track. The network was most recently discussed at the Ted Conference at the end of April. Check out the fast-moving clip here. (Warning: It may induce seizures or motion sickness.)

[Screenshot via Instagram]

05.11.17 | 5:50 am

Elon Musk names his tunneling machine after the eternal wait for God

The first tunneling machine for his Boring Company will be called Godot, Musk revealed in a tweet. The name is taken from Samuel Beckett's 1953 play Waiting for Godot, in which two men wait around for Godot (aka God), who never shows up.

05.05.17 | 9:33 am

Elon Musk needs your help to come up with a boring name for his boring company’s boring machine 

In the wee hours of this morning, Elon Musk bravely asked the internet for help naming his boring company's new boring machine, even though he probably knows the great minds on the internet will solemnly swear he should name it Boring McBoringFace.

Left to his own devices, Musk came up with Ultimate Boring Machine, the Second, which frankly has less appeal than Boring McBoringFace. Of course inquiring minds wanted to know why this was, "the Second" when as far as we know it is the company's first tunneling machine. "It has more credibility," Musk replied, adding "I know what you're thinking … then why not 'the Third'? Well, I've learned my lesson about 3's." It's Friday and you don't want to be working anyway, so go help Musk name his boring machine

[Photo: Flickr user Steve Jurvetson

05.01.17 | 10:45 am

Elon Musk thinks we’re going to be decapitated by Uber’s flying cars

Elon Musk loves "flying things" as long as they're flying through tubes in a Hyperloop and not in the sky. In an interview at the 2017 TED conference, Musk noted that he has a few concerns about Uber's flying taxis and whether their hubcaps would be properly serviced: 

"I do rockets, so I like things that fly. There's a challenge of flying cars in that they'll be quite noisy. If something's flying over your head, a whole bunch of flying cars going all over the place, that is not an anxiety-reducing situation … You'll be thinking, 'Did they service their hubcap, or is it going to come off and guillotine me?'" 

This isn't the first time that Musk has compared flying cars to guillotines in the sky. As Inverse noted, back in February he painted a similarly grim picture to Bloomberg: "If somebody doesn't maintain their flying car, it could drop a hubcap and guillotine you." This from the man who wanted to shove passengers into pods and send them whizzing through tunnels at 750 mph.

[Photo: Courtesy of Uber]