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Elon Musk’s 10 Greatest Initiatives to Change the World

Billionaire genius Elon Musk is considered by many to be the Thomas Edison of the 21st century. Even at a very young age, he had many unique inventions and ideas, always decades ahead of his time.

Billionaire genius Elon Musk is considered by many to be the Thomas Edison of the 21st century. Even at a very young age, he had many unique inventions and ideas, always decades ahead of his time.

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Thomas Edison and Elon Musk, the two greatest inventors in the United States. Photo: CNBC.

Here are the 10 most famous initiatives of this South African-born billionaire. All have been and are being applied in practice, contributing to changing the world and helping people’s lives become fuller and better.

Tesla electric car

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One of the most outstanding achievements of Elon Musk is the research and development of electric cars, in order to solve the problem of environmental pollution of traditional gasoline and diesel cars. Since 2003, this billionaire has been the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of electric car company Tesla Motor. The company does not use large panels with a single function, instead, each vehicle is fitted with thousands of very small lithium-ion batteries, reducing cost and weight but increasing efficiency dramatically.

Impressive design, along with many of the most modern technologies equipped by Musk in the car, help Tesla’s electric cars stand above all electric products of other car manufacturers. Tesla cars can run up to 265 miles (427 km) after each full charge, while the remaining cars only have a range of less than 150 km. Elon Musk announced that by 2020, they will launch an electric umbrella capable of running up to 1200 km on a single charge and equipped with fully autonomous driving technology.

SpaceX Aerospace Company

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As famous and meaningful as the Tesla car is SpaceX, an aviation company born in 2002 with the mission of researching technology that allows people to reduce the cost of traveling in space, and at the same time ambitious to explore the stars. Fire with reusable boosters. Over the past decade, SpaceX has continuously achieved many miraculous achievements, causing the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to “fall off its hat”.

In 2009, the Falcon 1 rocket was successfully launched into orbit at a cost of only 7 million USD, compared with 130 million USD for NASA. In 2012, this was the first private company to successfully launch an unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station ISS. In February 2015, SpaceX also successfully launched the DSCOVR satellite to fly over the earth’s orbit for the first time. Currently, this company has received a number of contracts from NASA to send their crews to the ISS, as well as a number of contracts from the US military and some other governments to carry out satellite launches. to low orbit.

PayPal Online Payment Gateway

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Now, almost everyone knows the very convenient form of electronic payment Paypal, born in 1998. One of the most famous co-founders of PayPal in Silicon Valley is none other than Elon Musk. In 1999, this young genius had a rather small company called X.com, which provided electronic payment methods and a number of financial services. A year later, X.com merged with Confinity and adopted a new name: PayPal.

The quintessence of the two member companies complemented each other, eventually completing the payment and electronic transfer service called PayPal, which is still famous to this day. Musk himself became the largest new shareholder in this business, until eBay bought PayPal in 2002. He pocketed $165 million from that acquisition.

Hyperloop

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The latest idea of ​​the South African-born billionaire is also related to the transport sector and is extremely ambitious. This is a super-fast train system called Hyperloop, which was first introduced in 2013 and is still in the early stages of a series of tests. Musk claims that his Hyperloop will be capable of reaching speeds of about 1300 km/h. For comparison, the fastest trains in the world today have speeds of only about 360 mph (under 600 km/h).

The system will work in a special tube with very low air pressure, which will reduce drag and allow for extremely high speeds and lower electrical energy consumption. Hyperloop is expected to transport passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in just 35 minutes or less, twice as fast as a regular flight between the two cities currently. However, it is expected to wait another 10 years for Musk’s bullet train to officially operate commercially over long distances.

“Internet almanac” Zip2

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In 1995, at the age of 24, Musk entered the prestigious Stanford University to study for a PhD in Applied Physics. However, after only 2 days, he dropped out of school, and together with his brother Kimbal founded the first company called Zip2, specializing in providing online city maps and business directories for a number of reputable online newspapers. . Zip2 links to Navteq’s digital map, provides a listing of businesses in the United States and creates the first online directory.

In 1999, after he was not elected CEO of Zip2 by the Zip2 board, he sold Zip2 to Compaq for $307 million in cash and $34 million in stock. At the time, it was the largest amount paid to acquire an internet company. Musk himself made a profit of $22 million.

SolarCity electric energy supply company

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In 2006, Elon Musk and his cousins ​​Lyndon and Peter Rive together founded SolarCity, specializing in providing clean electric energy solutions to households and businesses, designing and installing systems. solar energy system, building electric charging stations for electric vehicles. SolarCity is considered a “companion” of Tesla, providing solar batteries to serve the production of electric cars.

On the other hand, in recent years, this energy enterprise has strongly contributed to meet the rapid development of photovoltaic systems in the US. The entire US market grew from 440 MW of photovoltaic panels in 2009, to 6,200 MW just five years later. According to statistics from Solar Power World magazine, this is currently the second largest solar power supplier in the US.

Make a phone call on the web

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Back in 1997, when telecommunications services in the world were still in their infancy, the young billionaire registered the idea of ​​being able to conduct long distance conversations directly from phone numbers. appear on the website. Thereby, Elon Musk was the first to think of a method that allows people to chat with each other right on the internet without paying extra expensive telecommunications fees for carriers. Users after clicking on the phone number on the website will be able to make calls to the far end through the internet connection center switchboards (Call Center).

His patent was not recognized until 2001. In theory, this method is less complicated than today’s famous network calling applications such as Skype or FaceTime, but it is clear that nearly 20 years ago, what Musk predicted about a new trend. applications in telecommunications flourished as it is now, making all respectable.

Search based on geographical location

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At the time when the internet was about to explode strongly in the late 90s of the last century, there was a need to search for necessary information based on geographical location. Network users want to know around their current location, which businesses are worth noting, and the distance and route from these places to their location.

In 1998, Elon Musk patented the idea of a system that initially searches for results in the geographic area closest to you, then automatically expands to that area (meaning people in the area). users will not need to refine searches) until the desired results are obtained. This is very similar to what the very famous Google Maps tool is doing today.

Electric aircraft

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This is a big project that has not been officially announced by this genius billionaire. However, last year at an aviation symposium held at MIT, he asserted that the blueprint for a complete electric plane was already in his head. This will be a supersonic aircraft, using all electric power, with the ability to take off and land vertically like a helicopter. Electric aircraft do not need long runways, so they do not need large airports like today, helping to optimize and improve air transport efficiency.

Blastar video game

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As a 12-year-old boy living in South Africa, Elon Musk wrote his own video game called “Blastar”. At that time, of course, he could not officially release this video game himself, but he was able to sell the entire program source code to the magazine “PC and Office Technology” for 500. USD. This is a fairly simple fantasy game, the player steers his ship, shoots lasers to destroy enemy spaceships in space. However, this game has inspired the design and concept of many very popular games that came after it, such as ‘Space Invaders’, ‘Asteroid’, or ‘Galaga’.

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