Elon Musk certainly fits the archetype of an eccentric billionaire. From independent excursions in building rockets to starting a private business called the “Boring Company”, he is certainly not the conventional person.
With a net worth of 21 billion there are few things which can’t be imagined as possible to do. Musk seems to always be looking towards the future of humanity, trying to push it to a more technologically advanced state and making life feel almost like a science fiction film. Some of the strides he’s been starting now is the aforementioned “Boring Company”.
The company was founded in late 2016, seemingly after the billionaire became fed up with Los Angeles traffic, and it decided that the only way to solve traffic was by making a system of tunnels in order for roads to go “3D”. As stated on the company’s website, “The key to making this work is increasing tunneling speed and dropping costs by a factor of 10 or more – this is the goal of The Boring Company”
However, while the name is boring the company is far from it. Looking on the homepage of the website it has seven categories which people can click on to be navigated to a separate page. In order from left to right, how you would read them, they go “Home, FAQ, Jobs, Media, Feedback, Hat, and Flamethrower” while the first six may seem normal, the last one on that list certainly would raise some questions to an unsuspecting visitor to the website.
One of the main ways that the Boring Company sought to acquire the funds to assist with building tunnel traffic networks is by selling flamethrowers for 500 dollars. They had a goal of selling 20 thousand which they reached in just four days. That means that 10 million was made simply on flamethrowers which were sold to the public. He also sold hats with the boring company logo which in total grossed about another million.
That is the mindset of one of the richest people in the world: he became tired of driving in LA traffic, he then decides that tunnels need to be built to make it move faster, which lead him to the idea that the best way to acquire the money for the tunnels is obviously to sell flamethrowers.
However, it does not just stop at tunnels and flame throwers. Elon Musk recently made headlines with the revitalizing of his ongoing goal of getting humans to Mars. He made two major announcements regarding his company SpaceX. Musk claims that this company was founded on the belief that “a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not.”
He recently announced that by 2019 he will be testing a rocket which has the capabilities of getting to Mars. By 2022 he wants to send a cargo rocket to Mars. After that, in 2024, he hopes to send a mission of both cargo and people to the planet.
The goal of these first few missions is to set the groundwork for the first base on Mars which will hopefully eventually grow into a thriving city. Musk dreams of having a self-sustaining civilization on the red planet, a direct democracy separate from all other nation.
Elon Musk plans on accomplishing these missions with the revolutionary rockets he and his team at SpaceX have developed. His Falcon 9 rocket was the first rocket ever to have a successful relaunch, meaning it was launched into orbit twice. Reusable rockets, according to SpaceX, will be instrumental to getting to Mars so that time and resources won’t have to be wasted making new rockets.
On top of creating better reusable rockets, things like cargo capacity will also be worked on to increase the amount of resources which will be able to be transported to Mars.
While colonizing Mars might seem like an idea right out of science fiction, it is undeniable to doubt the work ethic and ingenuity of billionaire Elon Musk. This is the man who funded a tunnel system with flamethrowers. Even if what he says his goals are seem out of reach, history has shown that it is foolish to doubt the powerhouse that is Elon Musk.