Personally, I am tired of it all. We are just Americans here.
BTW, when we buy our tesla (waiting to see the model X, and will then decide which), it will be integrated with the solar system so that if we lose electricity, then during the daytime, we will have 2-3 circuits on it, as well as charging the Tesla, and then at nighttime, it will borrow from the car. Pretty cool.
You will also like that SOlar City is going to expand beyond solar. They are going into energy, including geo-thermal.
In fact, I talked to one of their engineers about how to modify fracking to make it useful for geo-thermal. Basically, the standard approach is vertical down to the same levels within the reservoir, turn horizontal, frack and then pump it in. BUT, if you do not do a LARGE frack, and add one more line that goes down deeper (below the reservoir), frack that one hard, and then use that to force the oil/gas into the upper piping, you can use this once the well is dry, for geo-thermal. And the nice approach is that the collectors are not fracked hard, so it will not force other elements into the aquifers.
Regardless, one thing about Musk, that man is damn exciting.
You learn where not to go, and what not to see
The difference is, at the inner city school, the kids have next to nothing. It's gladiator school.
The kids at Francis Parker on the other hand, have every advantage. If you sit in the coffee shop across Clark Street facing the window at 7:30am, you will see the line of Bentleys, Aston Martins, etc, dropping off little Trevor for school. And those are the less wealthy families. You can tell the really wealthy families because the children are dropped off by a non-white driver, sitting alone in the front seat (and yes, I have seen little Driving Miss Daisy caps on the drivers). They don't give little Mitt a lunchbox, they give him a platinum visa so he can pop down the street at lunchtime and eat on proper tablecloths and terrorize the wait staff. The parents treat the faculty of Francis Parker a little worse than they treat the undocumented aliens they hire to do their lawn care and nannying.
Anyone who believes there are no social classes in the United States just needs to spend an hour at Francis Parker to learn the truth.
As I said, I might be reading into it a bit, but the timing and notions just seem weird.
I don't think you are misreading anything, most politicians and CEO are smart people, they say stupid things that they themselves do not believe for a reason. Notice how he doesn't mention Boston Dynamics directly, this is because politics and big business are a "gentleman's game", and a gentleman will play the idea, not the man.
The bullshit is motivated by the desire to "capture the market".The truth is that the ideas are complementary rather than competitive, and the robot market is already big enough to support both ideas, even though the demand for stationary manufacturing robots will probably always be higher than it is for "beast of burden" robots. For instance, you wouldn't use big dog to move stuff around in a large military warehouse, just as you wouldn't use a robotic forklift to carry stuff to front line troops in a war zone.
I started my working life in the mid-seventies, back then people thought robots would eventually take over manufacturing. They believed that this would cause working hours to drop well below the standard 40hr week. To a large extent robots have now taken over manufacturing, mining, finance and telecoms, to name a few industries. The shorter week never happened, mass unemployment did not materialise. My question is what the fuck is everybody doing for a job these days? - Servicing robots?
Francis Parker School in Chicago is where the 1% send their kids. So, there is a substantial number of entitled little turds who have learned from their parents that bullying is one of the perks of being rich and powerful.
It does not surprise me that this has happened at that school.
I have first-hand experience there and far poorer inner city schools, and there is behavior at FP that you would never see in the inner-city school.
To even think that they are a real player is a total joke.
He had Canadian, but I am not sure whether he gave that up.
1) regulate banks so that access to money was guaranteed, which CONgress destroyed.
2) disallow executives of public companies from owning stock in the company. That kept them from looking for short-term deals. This was killed by reagan, and is the at the core of offshoring important jobs.
3) disallowed monopolies since these destroyed innovative. Again, this was destroyed by reagan.
All 3 of these things need to be restored.
And you will note that SpaceX, Tesla, And Solar city have less than 10 MBA amongst the 3 companies. Does that tell you something?
IOW, these 3 companies will continue to exists for a LONG LONG time. Even now, Tesla is pulling battery manufacturing back to America and Solar City is getting ready to announce a NEW solar plant that will be heavily automated and cheaper costs than what China can produce.
Secondly, had you read the article, you would know that MCT is Mars Colonial Transport and supposedly will hold around 100 ppl. They will use raptor engines, though Musk is begging CONgress and Obama to restart NERVA.
Sadly, we have the neo-cons/tea* fighting against private space, and dems fighting against nuke engines. What a sad joke.
In addition, Mars one talks about sending 6 ppl at a time. SpaceX is doing 100 at a time.
What Mars one is, is a back-up plan IFF SpaceX fails. Otherwise, SpaceX will be on mars BEFORE Mars-one launches a mission with the robots (though they MIGHT be able to launch one or two exploratory missions.
So you're argument is Cruz might be an Obama of the right, roping in a lot of people and then carrying on as a progressive?
No, that he's an Obama of the Right, incompetent, self-absorbed and unable to make a difference on any of the important issues that matter to either of us.