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May 24, 2019

‘Like trying to build the USA in the middle of the Atlantic’: Elon Musk just dunked on Jeff Bezos’ vision to build floating space colonies

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, habitats, space

I agree with Bezos on this one.


Elon Musk dismissed Jeff Bezos’ plan of housing a trillion people in orbiting ‘O’Neill colonies,’ which resemble gargantuan spinning cylinders.

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May 23, 2019

SpaceX’s deploys 60-satellite Starlink blob, all spacecraft successfully phone home

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

SpaceX’s first 60 “production-design” Starlink satellites have been successfully placed in orbit, kicking off a constellation beta test at an unprecedented scale. According to CEO Elon Musk, all spacecraft also managed to successfully ‘phone home’ after separation.

The company’s Redmond satellite operators still need to verify that all spacecraft are functional and healthy after a Falcon 9 launch and chaotic deployment from the rocket’s upper stage, but the riskiest part of the mission is now arguably behind SpaceX. What remains is essentially a massive, hardware-rich test of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation, ranging from granular flight testing of individual components to an effective simulation of a full constellation’s operations.

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May 20, 2019

Podcast #31: Ethically Aligned Design in Autonomous Systems with John C. Havens

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Here is the latest Seeking Delphi™ podcast, with John C. Havens on IEEE’s newly minted guidelines on ethical design of autonomous systems.


“With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.”–Elon Musk.

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May 20, 2019

SpaceX Is Now Suing the United States Government

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, government, space travel

And it doesn’t want the details of the case made public.


Elon Musk’s space company is taking the U.S. to court.

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May 17, 2019

Elon Musk just revealed new details about Starlink, a plan to surround Earth with 12,000 high-speed internet satellites. Here’s how the ambitious project might work

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, satellites

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, wants to launch enough satellites to provide broadband web access anywhere in the world. The first 60 fly this week.

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May 17, 2019

Elon Musk says SpaceX Starlink internet satellites are key to funding his Mars vision

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, space travel

Starship is designed to be a fully reusable launch system, and is intended to transport as many as 100 people at a time to and from the moon or Mars.

On the call Wednesday, Musk clarified that SpaceX’s recent fundraising rounds “have been oversubscribed.” He said SpaceX has the funding needed to build and launch enough Starlink satellites to begin using the network.

“At this point it looks like we have sufficient capital to get to an operational level,” Musk said.

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May 14, 2019

Tesla will have a $35K car that can go 1,000 miles on a single charge by 2020

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

When designing the Tesla Model S, Elon Musk wanted an electric motor that had the same horsepower as the most powerful internal combustion engine but with nearly-instantaneous torque. And he wanted it to be the size of a watermelon. Engine manufacturers told him this couldn’t be done. So the Tesla CEO decided to build his own motor. The earlier versions of this had a hand-wound stator which increased winding density to help eliminate resistance and increase peak torque. Later versions of the stators were built by robots.

Musk made the same decision with practically every other component of the Tesla — including the power electronics and other elements of the drivetrain. For him, there could be no compromises in design and functionality. That is why almost every component of the Tesla Model S is produced at its factory in Fremont, Calif.

When you drive a Model S, you can see the results. The car literally seems to fly. It picks up acceleration like a spaceship shifting into warp speed. The car is eerily quiet, comfortable, and elegant. It is a completely different driving experience than the cars we are used to. There is no engine to start, gears to shift, or oil to replace. The brakes don’t wear out because you hardly use them. The Tesla regenerative-braking system charges the car as it slows.

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May 13, 2019

Elon Musk’s startup connecting brains to computers raises $39 million

Posted by in categories: computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience

Elon Musk’s Neuralink startup raises $39 MILLION as it seeks to develop tech that will connect the human brain with computers…


An Elon Musk-backed startup looking to connect human brains to computers has raised most of its $51 million funding target. According to a report Neuralink has raised $39 million.

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May 13, 2019

Blazing Supersonic Plane Could Zoom From NY to Paris in 90 Min

Posted by in categories: drones, Elon Musk, robotics/AI, space travel

Planes, Drones, and AI Machines

But going from Mach 2 to Mach 5 is not an easy undertaking. Hermeus is hoping to pull from existing technologies to make its insanely fast passenger plane a reality, including titanium materials and cutting edge rocketry.

It’s impossible to tell what the future of air travel will look like. If supersonic airplanes aren’t it, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has pushed for the idea that we’ll go between Earthly destinations in rockets that can technically take us to Mars.

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May 12, 2019

Here’s Everything Jeff Bezos Said to Convince Humanity That Space Colonies Are the Future

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man on the planet, gave an hour-long presentation yesterday about his plans for humanity’s future living on the moon and in space colonies. It was a bit like watching a monologue from a sci-fi movie in a lot of ways. And now you can finally view the entire presentation online for yourself.

Fellow billionaire Elon Musk generally makes a point of offering a live video stream whenever he announces something important and futuristic like this. But Bezos and his space company Blue Origin didn’t post a video of yesterday’s event until the middle of the night. It’s a fascinating talk, but maybe livestream the thing next time, Jeff? This is the future we’re talking about, after all.

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