was founded in June 2002 by PayPal and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk who had invested US$100 million of his own money by March 2006. (...) The company has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2002, growing from 160 employees in November 2005 to more than 500 by July 2008, to over 1,100 in 2010.
"In terms of the Internet, it's like humanity acquiring a collective nervous system. Whereas previously we were more like a... collection of cells that communicated by diffusion. With the advent of the Internet, it was suddenly like we got a nervous system. It's a hugely impactful thing.
nonhocapito wrote:Everyone today hates corporations, unless they are driven by some agent/actor who is good at selling the product and making it look like some self-made epic human driven mythological enterprise, rather than another of those blood-sucking propaganda schemes to keep the people down and busy.
This method has been throughly tested in recent years in the world of IT, with Gates and Jobs most evidently.
Not strangely, "Elon Musk" also comes from the IT world, a world where "anything can happen", as we are instructed to believe, thank to the technological advances of the last two or three decades.
nonhocapito wrote:I am probably very dense about how such a business model would work, but the premises here are really hard to believe. No matter how much money you invest, most of it would go in technological research and experiments that would fail; unless you do not start from scratch, but with laboratories and knowledge and machines already very advanced, how do you make the whole thing profitable?
..."In terms of the Internet, it's like humanity acquiring a collective nervous system. Whereas previously we were more like a... collection of cells that communicated by diffusion. With the advent of the Internet, it was suddenly like we got a nervous system. It's a hugely impactful thing.
What kind of a "nervous system" would that be once all the information that flies across it is going to be controlled and more importantly and tragically marked for consumption by the ownership or advertising of some corporation? It would be like a nervous system ridden by big-ass parasites...
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Hyperloop is a theoretical mode of high-speed transportation proposed by inventor and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Musk has envisioned the system as a 'fifth mode' of transportation, an alternative to boats, planes, cars and trains. The system would, in theory, be able to travel from downtown LA to downtown San Francisco in under 30 minutes.
Will Tesla eventually shift to a conventional model of independently owned dealerships? Or will it bring about a change in the way that state laws are written — laws generally written decades ago, when there was far less competition in the marketplace and states wanted to put big automakers on more equal footing with smaller ones?
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