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Elon Musk: Autopsy of Emperor 2.0 Knows No Limits

The creator of Tesla and Space X, by the way, the richest man in the world, became the subject of a portrait at the RMC Découverte this Monday at 21:05.

Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan would undoubtedly envy him. Because Elon Musk, the world’s richest man with a fortune estimated at $300 billion, equivalent to Finland’s GDP, represents this generation of all-powerful, megalomaniac entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos, boss of Amazon, who have become emperors with almost more powers. than a head of state who has tamed technology and wants to shape the world, shape it in the future in accordance with their ideas about life. For Elon Musk, there is no doubt that humanity must be exported to Mars very soon, and he sees himself as the leader of this exodus. This is what implicitly follows from this portrait. At the mercy of his financial power and his mastery of technology, which is always at the forefront, we can only obey, whether we like it or not, his decisions, the directions he intends to give the world. In a word, such a great boundless helmsman as Mao Tse-tung would never dare to dream of himself.

trillion dollar business

The documentary From Tesla to SpaceX: The Elon Musk World begins with the meteoric rise of the Pretoria, South Africa-born 1971 geek who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and made his first dollars making and selling video games. when he was 12 years old. We very quickly pass through his childhood and find ourselves in 2002, when Elon Musk became a multimillionaire after reselling the PayPal online payment system. Because thanks to this, he will be able to finance his real desires and give free rein to his creativity. Someone who was stunned by Star Wars, Star Trek, and all the science fiction in movies as a child will create his own international transportation company, SpaceX, at 30 and shake up the industry. Nobody believes in him, and industrialists take him for a utopian. But after three failed launches of his reusable Falcon rocket and on the verge of bankruptcy as he spends $10,000 a day, the fourth test was a success. He signs a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply an international space station under the nose and beard of his competitors. Its design for the rocket of the future is far ahead of other launcher manufacturers, and production costs are five times lower.

930 km² plant

Using testimonies and archival footage, the documentary gradually paints the identity of Elon Musk. But it’s a shame the movie doesn’t insist on the billionaire’s jocular nature and his tweets that stir up the world of finance and social media and are soon debunked, like the Manchester United takeover. The chosen angle does not present him as a capricious magnate, succumbing to his desires. On the contrary, when he creates or buys a company, he develops and earns money. Like the modern Midas, everything he touches turns to gold. Thus, by funding Martin Eberhard and Mark Tarpenning, the two founders of the Tesla car brand, he took control of the company. Today, the company is worth $1 trillion, and the Tesla 3 is the best-selling car in the world. His business acumen led him to create “giant factories,” gigantic factories that allow him to rationalize costs. The latter in Austin, Texas, covers an area of ​​930 km². This is Factory 4.0. Five have already been distributed around the world, and Musk plans a total of twelve to be closer to his customers.

Starlink and its 40,000 satellites

Nothing seems to stop him. Annoyed by traffic jams, he tweeted in 2013 that he was going to start a tunnel construction company. No sooner said than done. He creates The Boring Company and starts in Las Vegas, where he drills a 4-kilometer tunnel under the largest convention center in the world. Users go up the escalator and arrive at a kind of station, where drivers take them to different places in the complex aboard Tesla 3. It digs faster and cheaper than any contractor. In the future, these tunnels will also be used for loading cargo, fiber optic cables, and for pedestrians and cyclists to avoid ground traffic.

The adventure continues in 2015 with the creation of Starlink. Estimated income: $25 billion per year. Goal: to have Internet access anywhere in the world without dead zones, thanks to a network of satellites located at an altitude of 60 km and therefore lower than traditional geostationary satellites. By 2025, 12,000 satellites should be in operation, continuously relaying signals. In total, Elon Musk plans 40,000. A mind-blowing project when the Earth is already surrounded by thousands of objects in orbit …

Hyperloop, a 1,000 km maglev train, is also a project that Elon Musk restarted in 2013 and is being worked on by several companies, including two in France. If this still sounds like science fiction, there’s nothing to suggest that Elon Musk won’t achieve his goals. As one documentary expert testifies, for Musk, anything in science fiction is doable. Why not ? The head of SpaceX realized the dream of Jules Verne by creating reusable rockets…

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