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The Future

...according to Elon Musk: a place of green energy, rapid transport and holidays on Mars

Think big. You hear that quite a lot. Thing is, very few have the brains and balls to reimagine the world as we know it. To grab physics by the throat and squeeze until it gives up its secrets. Musk has that ability, and the potential to change everything because he’s not just a talker, he’s a doer.

SpaceX

Formed by Musk in 2002, SpaceX has one main mission statement – to send a manned expedition to Mars by the 2030s and, later, to create a colony on the red planet. Before then it intends to send two members of the public around the Moon in its Dragon 2 spacecraft in 2018.

All this will be powered by recyclable rockets developed in-house, not bought from NASA.

Tesla Powerwall

The grand idea here is to make solar power a realistic solution for your home energy needs. Excess solar energy produced during the day (Tesla will sell you a set of solar tiles to cover your roof) is stored in a sleek white box stuffed with lithium-ion batteries, allowing the energy to be deployed when your household energy consumption goes up in the evening. It also doubles as a main energy source if there’s a power cut, so you can carry on watching TV while your neighbours stumble around with candles.

Underground tunnels

Musk’s solution to traffic jams? Drive under them. His newly formed Boring Company (see what he did there?) is experimenting with lifts that


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