Things Elon Musk promise
Taking care of Elon Musk’s agenda does not have to be easy. The millionaire is leading a handful of companies and projects, each with an ambitious vision of the future. To equip ourselves with autonomous electric vehicles and renewable energy sources, he created Tesla. To make man a multiplanetary species, he founded SpaceX. To protect ourselves from the dangerous drifts of artificial intelligence, there is OpenAI. Neuralink should enhance the capabilities of the human brain, transforming us into cyborgs; to remedy the most serious traffic problems, he is working at the Boring Company.
With all these commitments, it is easy to make confusion. Let’s try to chronological order the future goals of each project, at least in Musk’s intentions.
By the end of the year, deliveries, in the
USA, should begin with the tiles with integrated solar panels of Tesla Roofs, which store energy and have virtually infinite guarantee. For Musk, 2018 will be
the main year of this technology, more durable and economical than traditional solar panels.
2018 will also be the year of production of Tesla Model 3. The electric propulsion car “at low costs” (but in any case between 30 and 37 thousand dollars) of Tesla Motors. By March, it is expected to produce 5000 cars a month, although major delays in the production chain suggest that this is a goal out of reach. For the next year, the software update of the autopilot is also expected. That should bring Tesla’s cars to total autonomy by 2020.
In the coming months, Musk will also complete a major energy supply project in South Australia. This includes the world’s largest lithium battery and a
solar-wind farm capable of supplying energy to 35,000 homes. The area has recently been affected by storms that damaged the infrastructure network and created frequent blackouts.
Finally, Musk has also announced that it will send, in 2018, two space tourists in lunar orbit for a week, thanks to the collaboration of NASA. If it were successful, it would be the first human mission in deep space since the Apollo program.
It will be an interesting year in terms of
transport: the production of Semi, the Tesla electric truck equipped with autonomous driving systems, which
promises to revolutionize the transport on wheels, in terms of consumption and safety, should begin.
An electric pickup and a compact SUV called Model Y will also be presented. It could also be the year of completion of the Los Angeles tunnel of the Boring Company, the company created by Musk to solve the long-running traffic problem in the city.
The production of Tesla Roadster, Tesla’s two-seater sports car, will start. Moreover, this year Tesla should have reached a production of electric vehicles equal to one million cars per year. Everyone should be able to cover 1,000 km on a single charge.
If all goes well it will be the year of the completion of a Gigafactory in China. Also the start of production of electric vehicles for the country. This aims to expand the number of “green” cars by 2030. The network will be completed with about a thousand superchargers for the new car fleet.
After many achievements in land transport, the great leap to Mars. In 2022 the re-usable Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) rocket will launch two unmanned shuttles that will bring to the Red Planet instruments and materials waiting for settlers, which will arrive with two other shuttles in 2024.
It will be the beginning of an epic season of interplanetary travel. It is not clear. However, if in this first case the astronauts will descend on the Red
Planet or remain in its orbit. As we have seen, it is not exactly the same thing. In this two-year period, again thanks to the BFR, Musk aims to revolutionize
also the Terra-Terra transport, with intercontinental flights lasting half an hour.
2030 AND BEYOND.
In this time frame, we can place the
projects still without a specific deadline, such as Hyperloop, which is installing pilot plants in many countries – and Neuralink, a biomedical research
company to develop electrodes to be implanted in the brain, and to increase our capacity cognitive. In a dark, gloomy future, where machines could take over.
Musk is not optimistic about it. We just have to merge with them and become cyborgs.
If you think it is a bit ‘dense program you are not wrong. But even if a tenth of these projects by the man who believed in reusable rockets were to happen, we
would still call it a success.