Is Elon Musk the greatest visionary or the greatest snake oil salesman of our age?

Discussion in 'world politics, current affairs and news' started by tim, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    The article is reflects the thinking that Tesla is a car company with batteries as a sideline. I would say that this project is demonstration that the cars might become the sideline to the core battery/infrastructure business. Bloody interesting to see for home applications. Think they already do one.
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  2. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Be a Pisces. Jam.

    He's a visionary in comparison to the rest of the human race if this is anything to go by:

    (prepare to cringe hard)

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  3. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    Jesus Christ. No wonder he wants to leave the Earth.
  4. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

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  5. pesh

    pesh Well-Known Member

    depends on your point of view that.
    I'd like to send one to the guys who tried to set fire to their shoes for their skateboard video on the bandwidth thread. They'd know what to do with one of these.
  6. dylanredefined

    dylanredefined Not a house elf a tiger

    Well it's not a proper flamethrower suitable for burning Nazis ,but, you can probably do something really stupid with it.
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  7. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    flamethrowers are only controlled in two US states, maryland and california. Banned in the former and licensed in the latter. Musk's glorified chef's blowtorch is minor compared to what you could get. His does style like something from a verhoeven film but still, overgrown lighter
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  8. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Space is his playground, what an arse.

    Elon Musk's huge rocket set for launch

    I hope the launch is a failure.
  9. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    should have been beastie boys sabotage to annoy star trek purists
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  10. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    Space litter.
  11. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    He is such a supervillain. I imagine my grandkids will have to fight him in a mechanised suit or something.
  12. gosub

    gosub ~#

    I'm starting to think Vic 20 rather than speccie was the way to go
  13. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut the Great.

    You're going to be disappointed, it was a success.

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  14. NoXion

    NoXion It's been 600 years...

    I don't get it. Why would that upset Star Trek purists any more than David Bowie might? Every bugger on the Enterprise seems to be into jazz and classical music. It's like rock and roll never happened in the Star Trek universe!
  15. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    Whatever you think of Musk, this was the coolest thing I've ever watched live on tv

    Those boosters fell from 40 kilometres up and each one landed on an X
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2018
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  16. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    I believe it's what Scotty (Simon Pegg) played in Star Trek: Beyond.

    edit: here it is:

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  17. NoXion

    NoXion It's been 600 years...

    Oh, nu-Trek. Never really got into that, for some reason it doesn't grab me as much as the previous stuff did. Probably because it wasn't all that distinguishable from the millions of other sci-fi action-adventure films Hollywood has come out with in recent years. Star Trek has always supposed to be a bit more cerebral (or at least pretentious) than typical offerings.

    Also, Benedict fucking Cumberbatch as the genetic superhuman Khan? Really?! I'm not slating his acting skills, but he doesn't have the figure for such a role, unlike how Ricardo Montalbán did.
  18. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    That is very fucking cool. :cool::eek:
  19. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    And that’s why the Trekkies get annoyed by Sabotage.
  20. sir.clip

    sir.clip Well-Known Member

    This guy is the ultimate dork with way to much cash and way to much privilege. Who Believes technology will solve the worlds problems.

    'Never trust a guy who hasn't thought about sewage on mars.'

    The Dudes billions of dollars could help plenty folks out of poverty right now.
  21. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Billionaires will never solve poverty. Only politicians can, and only when the politicians stop taking bungs from Billionaires.

    We've got a while to go yet.
  22. sir.clip

    sir.clip Well-Known Member

    Look this dude has a lot of cash in the bank doing nothing.
    if he gives some of this cash it to people with no cash in the bank, he is helping out with real present issues way more than firing rockets into the air will ever be dealing with present global issues..
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  23. marshall

    marshall Well-Known Member

    Genius, will be remembered in millennia for what he's going to do in the next decade. Facts.
  24. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    If you don't think technology has a major part to play in solving many of the problems we face as a planet you're an idiot.

    Stuff like that launch is needed. It's what humans do. We push things forward and we explore. Without events like this we'd all still be sat in a cave.
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  25. tim

    tim Well-Known Member

    He's not the Messiah. He is just a dodgy car dealer.

    He will be remembered for a few years for pulling the wool over the eyes of the gullible. But then he'll be forgotten and their heirs will fall for the the next slick talking shyster
  26. YouSir

    YouSir Look out Laika, it's Earth.

    Aye, and that's a glorious, wondrous instinct to have. Not one we should trust to the idle rich though, just look at how it went last time they got their hands on new frontiers.
  27. sir.clip

    sir.clip Well-Known Member

    Yes valid, We do like to explore.
    Technology is great..

    Technology unfortunately cannot quash egos of some wealthy nutzoid who thinks its really cool to put one of his cars on mars..

    I know its meant to show of the potential of furture missions, but its just such a flipping rich boys folly. all the cash spent could have paid for so much aid elsewhere on the planet.
    I see it as opportunity missed by Elon at really doing a bit of good for the unfornunate people with less wealth and oppertunity than himself..
  28. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    If you give the cash you'll spend on your next beer to a homeless person instead, you'll be helping someone with real present issues too.

    Musk donates millions and has committed to leave at least half of his fortune to charitable causes.
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  29. tim

    tim Well-Known Member

    Elon musk - Google Search

    That's Entertainment!
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  30. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Free the Sepsis Six!

    If we're going to have billionaires, and with a capitalist set up we always will have them, I'd rather they used their cash pushing boundaries like this rather than hacking Millie Dowler's mobile phone.
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