Inventor Musk to share plans for high-speed travel (Update)

Aug 12, 2013 by Martha Mendoza
Elon Musk arrives at the 22nd Annual Environmental Media Awards on September 29, 2012, at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. A design for a super-fast transport system dubbed "Hyperloop" was set to be unveiled Monday by inventor and entrepreneur Musk.

Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that's the mysterious transportation system for which inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design plans Monday.

Musk has been dropping hints about his "Hyperloop" system for more than a year during public events, mentioning that it could never crash, would be immune to weather and would move people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour.

Coming from almost anyone else, the hyperbole would be hard to take seriously. But billionaire Musk—who sold his first computer program, a $500 space game called Blastar, at age 12—has earned his reputation as an inventor and entrepreneur, co-founding online payment firm PayPal, electric luxury carmaker Tesla Motors Inc. and rocket-building company SpaceX.

Update story: 'Hyperloop' would link LA-SF in 30 mins, if built

During a Tesla earnings call Thursday, Musk said he would reveal plans for the Hyperloop on Monday. But he said he is too focused on other projects to consider actually building it.

"I think I kind of shot myself by ever mentioning the Hyperloop," he said. "I don't have any plans to execute, because I must remain focused on SpaceX and Tesla."

He said he would fulfill his commitment to publishing a design, and he said he invites critical feedback after its release Monday to "see if the people can find ways to improve it." It will be an open-source design, meaning anyone can use it and modify it.

Also Thursday, Musk said during a Google Hangout with Sir Richard Branson about entrepreneurship, "It does involve a tube, but not a vacuum tube."

His hints and promises have prompted a flurry of online speculation.

Canadian John Gardi, a self-described "tinkerer," posted online and tweeted his conjecture a few weeks ago to Musk.

"I believe that 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," he said.

Musk responded, "Your guess is the closest I've seen anyone guess so far."

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2 / 5 (4) Aug 12, 2013
Musk lives in a dream world.
2.3 / 5 (3) Aug 12, 2013
Was it not Einstein who said:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."

So yes, Musk and everyone else lives in a dream world. We need dreamers to come up with crazy ideas that just might work! It must be conceived before it can be achieved. Was Musk in a dream world when he cofounded Paypal, or created Tesla Motors? This guy can get stuff done because he is not a doubter, he sees problems as challenges and frankly the world needs more people like him. His idea is probably far fetched, like a space elevator for example, but if it can be done, it would be amazing.
2.8 / 5 (4) Aug 12, 2013
Musk lives in a dream world.

"On 22 May 2012, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket carried the unmanned Dragon capsule into space, marking the first time a private company has sent a spacecraft to the space station. The unmanned, cone-shaped capsule became the first privately built and operated vehicle to ever dock with the orbiting outpost."

For most, the sky's the limit. For a few, their dream's have no limit.
1.9 / 5 (7) Aug 13, 2013
The Atomic Age was only delayed by pagan, Romantic, commie Luddites, not cancelled:


Where would us New Yorkers go though? Boston?!

"We should build more nuclear power plants. I think that's a better way to generate energy than certainly a coal power plant or a natural gas power plant." - Elon Musk
1 / 5 (1) Aug 13, 2013
not rated yet Aug 17, 2013
Was it not Einstein who said:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."

Maybe we can imagine a world of greater equality and economic opportunity instead of technological distractions.
not rated yet Aug 17, 2013
Musk lives in a dream world.

He lives in a world too small to contain his ego.