Elon Musk: Architect of the Future

By Vince Matthews

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Elon Musk standing in front of Space X’s Falcon rocket. (Image: SpaceX.)

As the co-founder of PayPal, Elon Musk helped pioneer an online payment system that handles an estimated $315 million financial transactions a day. As the CEO of Tesla Motors, he almost single-handedly revived the electric car. And his space exploration company SpaceX has helped not only renew interest in space but reboot our space program.

An inventor, entrepreneur and visionary (who may remind you a lot of Tony Stark), Musk’s latest venture has him re-inventing mass transportation.

Building the Hyperloop
Musk just announced plans for a super speed transportation system called the “Hyperloop.”

The system which is still being designed would get you from San Francisco to Los Angeles in about 30 minutes, (currently, that’s about a 6 hour road trip or an hour plane flight). While a trip from New York to London would take only about 45 minutes.

Hyperloop-design-explainedInitial speculation about the design prompted a number of theories including this one submitted by John Gardi. Musk commented this design “is the closest,” to what he envisioned. (Image: Brett Couchman.)

To safely move passengers from one point to another, Musk is suggesting a system based on pneumatic tubes that uses a maglev train faster traveling faster than the speed of sound. “Hyperloop is merely a modern day version of the pneumatic tubes used in banks, stores, and industry to move money and small items over long distances or to other floors of a building,” Musk said, but he added, “I don’t have any plans to execute, because I must remain focused on SpaceX and Tesla.”

Nonetheless Musk has published a design of the Hyperloop and has invited inventors and engineers to “find ways to improve it.” Call it open-source transportation design—anyone can use or modify it.

how-to-build-a-hyperloopThis illustration was proposed for how to build a Hyperloop. (Image: Brett Couchman via Motherboard.)

Engineering the Future
An architect of our future, Musk realizes you need to push the envelope as well think creatively. For him, that started at a young age. Musk made and sold a video game when he was only 12. (Blastar earned him $500.) If you want to create video games, rocket ships or just create the next _______, Digital Media Academy can help. Start your kids on a path to their future by showing them engineers and coders are the next Rock stars.