What’s In Store For The Future According To Elon Musk?

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NOV 28 2017 BY EVANNEX 31

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Flickr: Steve Jurvetson)


Predictions about the future are as common as fast food these days – and most of them have about the same nutritional value. However, among the legions of talkers, there are also doers – the people who are actually creating the future. Elon Musk is one of the most prominent of these.

Of course, scientists and engineers around the world are building the future as you read this, but Elon gets more press coverage than most, because he’s working on a “fun future,” one that includes self-driving cars, rocket ships to Mars, and other things that were once the province of science fiction. Furthermore, Musk and his companies have a proven track record – so far, they’ve done most of the things they said they were going to do (okay, sometimes a little late). So when the Prophet of Palo Alto makes a prediction, it carries a lot more weight than those of the drive-through oracles.

A recent article in Entrepreneur presented an infographic (courtesy of RS Components) with a timeline of the future according to Musk, compiled from predictions he’s made over the years in various speeches and interviews.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris.

As we know, Elon has hyper-ambitious plans for Tesla, which has a mission not just to sell its own electric vehicles, but to catalyze a general transition to e-mobility. The Sage of Silicon Valley predicts that, by 2025, Tesla will be as valuable as Apple, and by 2027, more than half of all new vehicles sold will be electric.

These vehicles will also be increasingly autonomous and powered by renewable energy. The Gadfly of the Auto Industry expects self-driving technology to proceed at a steady pace until, by 2037, cars will no longer have any need for steering wheels. A few years earlier, in 2033, solar panels will have become the dominant source of electricity around the world.

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Tesla’s future-forward Model S (Instagram: nikkithetesla)

Of course, self-driving vehicle technology is heavily dependent on machine learning, also referred to by the more anthropomorphic term “artificial intelligence.” Musk sees rapid growth in that field as well, and also potential dangers. He has predicted that by 2024, AI could pose an existential threat to the human race. By 2040, computers will have evolved to the point that they can outperform humans at just about everything. In order to study the possible pitfalls of AI, and to encourage its responsible deployment, Musk and several partners have formed the non-profit company OpenAI.

Sentient evil computers aren’t the only self-inflicted threat to humanity’s Utopian techno-future. Increasing automation in manufacturing, self-driving vehicles and the decline of the oil industry are likely to eliminate millions of jobs over the coming years (truck drivers alone represent 6% of the working population of the US). The devil finds work for idle hands, and masses of unemployable low-skilled workers may turn to totalitarian politics (a process that some would say is already happening).

In that case, the techno-elite will have a means of escape. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has already demonstrated reusable rockets, and they are expected to begin taking humans into space soon. The Californian Clairvoyant has predicted that people will set foot on Mars in 2025, and establish a permanent colony there by 2040. As early as 2060, there could be a million people living on the red planet.

Will they dwell there in peace and prosperity, or will they be refugees from a dystopian Earth? Even Elon Musk can’t give us the answer to that question.


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Written by: Charles Morris; Source: Entrepreneur via RS Components

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX, Check out the site here.

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Elon Musk was not able in July to predict the September production of Model 3 by his own company .
Or he lied .

He did NOT PREDICT it.

Anybody with a brain between his ears could hera that.

Elon is a futurist. The difference between Elon Musk’s predictions of the future, and nearly everybody else’s, is that Elon is sometimes able to make his futurist dreams come true.

Rocket ships landing on their tail, anyone?

How about you, Euro? Have you brought any futurist dreams into reality?

I’m guessing… not so much. I’m also guessing you’re pretty jealous of Elon’s accomplishments.

Looks like someone has a case of billionaire saviorism.

There is no predicting, it is merely reading the convergence of probabilities.

It’s not just convergence of probabilities.
It’s also patterns of life and connections. Anyone able to read all of this will be able to come up with a fairly reliable picture of the future. It will be approximate, not exact, but it will be closer than most peoples guesswork or most “doers” attempts at doing something.

The only uncertainty is humans, the quantum computers will figure that out.

Nah, you don’t need quantum computers, you just need to learn to “listen!”

House’s basic rule “everyone lies”.

Who is it who has a case of hero worship, Scramjett? Since I’ve criticized Elon often enough for his faults, obviously you don’t mean me.

But unlike some people, I’m not blinded by jealousy to Elon’s virtues; his positive vision for the future, his tireless dedication to making this world a better place, his multiple successes as an entrepreneur and innovator, and his willingness to bet his entire personal fortune on Tesla’s success.

Yeah, it’s pretty clear why some people feel a red-hot jealousy of Elon’s ability and his success. Because he’s Elon fracking “Iron Man” Musk. And they are not. They lose!

Didn’t say here worship did I? Yes, he is the exception of most billionaires that he sacrifices both his health and his money to make all of his companies a success. Its for these reasons that he’s earned my respect and why I have put my money in Tesla.

However, that respect is tempered by a constant mental reminder that he can’t save the world. Nor can Gates, Zuckerberg, Chan, Bezos, Cook, Page or any of the other tech billionaires who think that throwing money and technology at problems will fix everything. Because it won’t. It is us “lowly pions” who bear the burden of saving ourselves by forcing them and our political leaders to fix our problems with solutions that actually work, be they low tech or high tech.

Such a classic logical error.

The weather man can’t even tell if it’s going to rain tomorrow, how does he know the climate will get warmer? 😀

Great, another hail elon article from evannex

Did you read it full length ?

“(…) are likely to eliminate millions of jobs over the coming years (…) and masses of unemployable low-skilled workers may turn to totalitarian politics (…).

In that case, the techno-elite will have a means of escape. (…)

Will they dwell there in peace and prosperity, or will they be refugees from a dystopian Earth? Even Elon Musk can’t give us the answer to that question.”

That sounds that great to you ?

There is indeed a lot of duality here and, perhaps, the ” what could possibly go wrong” should be changed to “what could possibly go right” since, going right, become the more unlikely outcome.

Massive unemployment, AI control over our cars, AI control over our lives, Elysium elite used by or using AI for dictatorial mass control. The possible nefarious scenarios are many.

Let’s first concentrate on the obviously positive things like electric cars, PV energy and space colonization and keep all the rest in a closed Pandora box until some later time when humans have some secured spread to other places in space.

This just in!
2025 – Tesla files for Chapter 11, is acquired by a real major automaker.

so shorts suddenly abond their theory about bankrupcy in 1 max 2 years? Suddenly Chapter 11 is 7 years away?

Yeah, dude, get with the Tesla hater program! Don’t you know they all keep predicting bankruptcy in 3-6 months, and have been for several years now? Don’t you know that they claim Tesla is faking its SEC filings, and is going to collapse any week now? What’s with this far off 7-8 year thing? You need to up your TSLA short-selling game!
😆 😆 😆

At present I would rather believe in the “2035 Tesla buy the last remaining bankrupt ICE manufacturer” scenario.

I was going to say: a future TFCA (Tesla Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) is more likely by 2025. Unless Elon or whoever else may be in charge by then realizes that buying out FCA would be a horrible idea. Ford would probably be a better acquisition.

Of all of these, the Tesla valuation, half of all new vehicles and solar as major energy source are the most likely predictions to come true. That’s not to say they are forgone conclusions, but they have a better chance than the rest. Evannex’s prediction of AI induced mass joblessness is the most likely outcome of AI, automation & machine learning. Not the terminator like death machines Elon predicts.

Ultimately, all of these billionaire elite “doers” and their future predictions suffer from a failure to predict the reaction from the ultimate mover & shaker that rules them all. +10 to anyone who can guess which mover & shaker I’m referring to!

*Half of all new vehicles being EVs that is.

“+10 to anyone who can guess which mover & shaker I’m referring to!”

You must mean the all-knowing Flying Spaghetti Monster, of course. Bless his noodly appendages!

Hahaha! +5 for effort and humor! 🙂

Gundulblat? The god of earthquakes.

+7 You’ve gotten closer than anyone so far.

The Lord.

I’m not sure if you’re referring to God Himself or not, but that’s the right answer.

While scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland continue to look for what they call “The God Particle”, we futuristic humans struggle to make a better robotic vacuum cleaner! Not much has improved in 20 years.

Not too scared of an AI dominated world. I’m glad so much money is being spent on self driving cars because even though they’ll never be legal to mix it up on public roads with non-AI cars, the research is resulting in safer cars for you and I to drive

Not sure why they put my black Tesla in today’s article, but it is,stunning, isnt it?

I’m not religious. But if I were, then I would probably say that what I’m thinking of is essentially one in the same as God. I’ll give you a hint…it starts with the letter N.

What’s interesting about this so-called “God particle” is that most of those scientists do not like that name at all. As I recall, the scientists who theorized the Higgs Boson (including Higgs himself) weren’t too thrilled with their editors for coming up with that name. But, apart from all of that, it was my understanding that the LHC had discovered evidence of its existence? Personally, I’m looking forward to the discovery of graviton’s and tachyon’s.

I’m not too concerned about AI either. I am concerned about how automation and machine learning could be used to make the rich even richer and throw even more people into poverty.

I like black, but I prefer a dark grey color on cars, like my stunning 2017 Volt. 🙂

I would agree with most of that except the Mars stuff, it will not happen. There will not be a city on Mars in any of our lifetimes.

It certainly is the least likely of Elon’s predictions to come true.