Elon Musk, a legendary name who established today’s top-notch brands PayPal, Founder, CEO, CTO and Chief Designer of SpaceX, CEO and Business architect of Tesla. He thinks Artificial Intelligence-enhanced robots will destroy mankind. You might be thinking how a person who is planning to colonize Mars has such a contrasting view.
ELON MUSK BIOGRAPHY
Elon Musk’s actual name is Elon Reeve Musk born on June 28, 1971. His birthplace is Pretoria, South Africa, and holds citizenship of South Africa, Canada, and the United States. His Mother is Maye Musk, a model and dietician by profession. Errol Musk, his father, was professionally a Pilot, South African electromechanical engineer, sailor, and property developer. So, you can understand now from where he has inherited all his superior traits. Elon Musk was an awkwardly introverted child who was bullied by others.
At the age of 10, his interest was tending towards computing and at 12, he learned computer programming merely using a manual. In 1997, Musk graduated with a Bachelor of Science, BS degree in Economics from Wharton School. He also completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics in the same year. Musk got selected for two internships at Silicon Valley in 1994. Out of which was a startup called Pinnacle Research Institute, which was specialized in researching Electrolytic UltraCapacitors for energy storage. Another one was at Rocket Science Games. Later in 1995, he entered Stanford University in California. Ph.D. program in Energy physics/Material Science. Even after 2 days of joining Musk dropped out of Stanford and finally decided to launch an internet startup.
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At the age of 24, Musk together with his brother Kimbal and Greg Kouri initiated a startup company based on Web Software Zip2. Musk and the other two decided to start this company in a small rented office in Palo Alto. At the initial stage when Zip2 was not that successful, Musk and his brother slept in that office only. They couldn’t afford an apartment to live in.
In 1999, Musk co-founded an online financial service and e-mail payment company. X.com provided online financial services and on the other side PayPal, an email payment company. This was the first online bank that was federally insured and in its initial days, about 200,000 customers join this online service. Investors found Musk to be inexperienced and replaced him with CEO Bill Harris. To prevent unnecessary competition Musk collaborated X.com with an online bank Confinity. Confinity had its money transfer service PayPal was Founded by Max Lavchin and Peter Thiel. Then, Musk declared as the CEO of Merged Company and Thiel disliked the idea of Microsoft software over Linux. Thus, this rift caused Thiel to resign. In 2001 Thiel was again assigned as CEO of the company and now the main focus was PayPal which was later in 2002 acquired by eBay. Musk received over $100 million from this venture as he owned 11.7% of PayPal’s shares.
Today SpaceX is a big name, which was back then established in 2002. Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, SpaceX, a company that specializes in building rockets for 100 million dollars from his previous venture. In the beginning, the company failed three launches, but success arrived with Falcon 1 in 2008. What’s different about Falcon 1 and other rockets? It’s the first private liquid-fueled rocket to reach Earth orbit. Now the goal was to launch reusable rockets, in 2015 this dream became true with the successful landing of the first stage of Falcon 9. LLater in 2015, to provide internet access SpaceX initiated the development of Starlink Constellation of low Earth orbit satellite. The first prototype satellite was launched in 2018 and in 2019, the first major deployment of 60 operational satellites took place.
As per the lawsuit settlement Musk designated as Tesla’s co-founder. Tesla Motors was the first to build an electronic sports car using Lithium-ion Battery cells in 2008. This was the first serial production of an all-electric car. Then, Tesla brought back-to-back new launches first Model S sedan in 2012, Model X in 2015, and Model 3 in 2017. As of March 2020, Model 3 became the globally best-selling car with 500,000 units sold in the market. Tesla launched more new car models, the fifth vehicle Model Y, the Cybertruck.
Neuralink, a neurotechnology-based startup that aimed to integrate the human brain with AI was co-founded by Musk in 2016. The main purpose is to create devices that merge with human brains just like in a series called 100. Such technology will help improve memory.
The Boring Company, Musk founded this in 2016. This company expertized at constructing tunnels. A few of the other efforts of Musk are Hyperloop, OpenAI, and more.
Musk has opined about the potential dangers of Artificial Intelligence, keep calling it a potential threat to humanity. His statement has provoked various controversies. Due to such opinions on AI, Musk’s ideology is highly is criticized by the AI research community.
Elon Musk aims to revolutionize transportation both on Mars and Earth. He is renowned as ‘’Rocket Elon’’ for his tremendous success in space through SpaceX, a rocket company.
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