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I have exposure to the most cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned by it. AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.feedback
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Elon Musk quotes

Jul 20 2017

No question, whoever's on the first flight, brave.feedback

Jul 19 2017

The key to that is you do inspections, and no hardware is changed, not even the paint.feedback

Jul 19 2017

It's super hard with space, because we live on a planet with pretty high gravity. The analogy I use with my team is 'guys imagine we had 6 million dollars on a pallet of cash,' . Six million dollars is falling through the sky. Would we try to catch it?feedback

Jul 18 2017

I do think people sometimes get carried away with our stock.feedback

Jul 18 2017

The set of steps necessary to achieve that outcome seems pretty obvious. I am heavily involved in Tesla [getting] incredibly good at the machine that builds the machine, which involves, by the way, a tremendous amount of software. This is not just a bunch of robots that are sitting there. It's the programming of robots and how they interact. And it's far more complex than the software in the car. I mean, I think, this is just going to be a very difficult thing for other manufacturers to copy. I would not know what to do if I were in their position.feedback

Jul 18 2017

The stock price we have is more than we have any right to deserve. I think our stock price is kind of high right now, to be totally honest. If you care about the long term, Tesla, I think the stock is a good price. If you look at the short term, it is less clear.feedback

Jul 18 2017

I think I see a clear path to that outcome [reaching a $700 billion market cap]. Of course I could be completely delusional.feedback

Jul 17 2017

It [will get] to the point where almost anyone, if they saved up and this was their goal, could buy a ticket and move to Mars.feedback

Jul 17 2017

The thing that drives me is that I want to be able to think about the future and feel good about that.feedback

Jul 17 2017

I think it is pretty important that we accelerate the transition to sustainable generation and consumption of energy. It's inevitable, but it matters if it happens sooner or later.feedback

Jul 17 2017

[T]he main reason I am personally accumulating assets is in order to fund this. I really do not have any other motivation for personally accumulating assets except to be able to make the biggest contribution I can to making life multi-planetary. That's what really drives me – trying to figure out how to make sure that things are great and going to be so.feedback

Jul 17 2017

That pace of progress is remarkable. You can see robots that can learn to walk from nothing within hours, way faster than any biological being.feedback

Jul 17 2017

AI is fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization in a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs or bad food were not – they were harmful to a set of individuals within society of course but they were not harmful to society as a whole.feedback

Jul 17 2017

The thing that is the most dangerous – and it is the hardest to kind of wrap, get your arms around because it is not a physical thing – is a deep intelligence in the network. You say, What harm can a deep intelligence in the network do?' Well, it can start a war by doing fake news and spoofing email accounts and doing fake press releases and by manipulating information. I have exposure to the most cutting edge AI and I think people should be really concerned by it.feedback

Jul 17 2017

AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation than be reactive. There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation. Yeah, I am not sure what else one would do. I think that is what would happen.feedback

Jul 17 2017

There certainly will be job disruption. Because what's going to happen is robots will be able to do everything better than us. ... I mean all of us. Yeah, I am not sure exactly what to do about this. This is really the scariest problem to me, I will tell you.feedback

Jul 17 2017

I've gone on the record several times that the stock price is higher than we have the right to deserve and that's for sure true based on where we are today.feedback

Jul 17 2017

For sure the companies doing AI - most of them, not mine - will squawk and say this is really going to stop innovation. Once there is awareness, people will be extremely afraid, as they should be.feedback

Jul 16 2017

Once there is awareness, people will be extremely afraid, as they should be.feedback

Jul 10 2017

At Tesla, we don't make slow cars.feedback

Jul 10 2017

I'm guessing if you put down a deposit down now, it's probably the end of next year before you get it.feedback

Jul 10 2017

Initially, the Model 3 configurator is going to be like 'What color do you want? And what size wheel do you want?' That's basically going to be the configurator.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Tesla

We challenge our people leaders to hire people that are better than themselves, therefore making the company better with each hire.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Tesla

People who really solved the problem, they know exactly how they solved it; they know the little details. It's very important to like the people you work with, otherwise your job is going to be quite miserable.feedback

Jul 07 2017

We have to answer these questions, so we're trying to make the hat only work if the individual wants it to work, and then filtering out parts that the person wearing it doesn't feel it's appropriate to share.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Tesla

We actually insisted in the contract that we be held to the hundred days or it's free. That's what we said publicly, that's what we are going to do.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Tesla

We thought about this and there is certainly some risk because this is going to be the largest battery installation in the world by a significant margin.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Tesla

You can essentially charge up the battery packs when you have excess power and where the cost is very low, and it discharges when the cost of production is high – this lowers the average cost per hour to the customer. It's a fundamental efficiency improvement.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Tesla

There will be a lot of people that will look at this -'Did they get it done within 100 days? Did it work? We are going to make sure it does.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Tesla

We are going to make sure it does.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Tesla

We're confident in our techniques and the design of the system.feedback

Jul 05 2017

You are there to...help them do the best possible job for the company. This applies to me most of all.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Netflix

You can't say: 'Nobody wants a car because horses are great and we're used to them. They can eat grass [and] there's lots of grass all over the place and there's no gasoline people can buy, so people are never going to get cars.' People did say that, you know.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Netflix

We get through life by reasoning by analogy, which essentially means copying what other people do with slight variations. And you have to do that. Otherwise, mentally, you wouldn't be able to get through the day. But when you want to do something new, you have to apply the [first principles] approach.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Netflix

Somebody could say, in fact people do, that battery packs are really expensive and that's just the way they'll always be, because that's the way they've been in the past. Well, no, that's pretty dumb, because if you applied that reasoning to anything new, then you would never be able to get to that new thing.feedback

Jul 03 2017 - Tesla

Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in December.feedback

Jul 03 2017 - Tesla

I'd really recommend showing up for the semi-truck unveiling. Maybe there's a little more than we are saying here.feedback

Jul 03 2017 - Tesla

There is no room at Fremont. We are bursting at the seams.feedback

Jul 03 2017 - Tesla

(Model 3) Production grows exponentially, so Aug should be 100 cars and Sept above 1,500. Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in Dec. Expecting to complete SN1 on Friday.feedback

Jul 03 2017 - Tesla

(Model 3) Production grows exponentially, so Aug should be 100 cars and Sept above 1500. Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in Dec.feedback

Jul 03 2017 - Tesla

Handover party for first 30 customer Model 3's on the 28th! Production grows exponentially, so August should be 100 cars and September above 1,500. Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in December.feedback

Jul 03 2017 - Tesla

Model 3 passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule.feedback

Jul 03 2017 - Tesla

We've kept the initial configurations of the Model 3 very simple. A big mistake we made with the X, which is primarily my responsibility – there was way too much complexity right at the beginning. That was very foolish.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - SpaceX

It gets to the point where almost anyone, if they saved up and this was their goal, could buy a ticket and move to Mars – and given that Mars would have a labor shortage for a long time, jobs would not be in short supply.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Tesla

Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Tesla

If things go according to plan, we should be able to launch people probably in 2024, with arrival in 2025. I've thought about it quite a lot. We could definitely make a flying car – but that's not the hard part. The hard part is how do you make a flying car that's super-safe, and quiet. Because if it's a howler, you're going to make people very unhappy. The rumour that I'm building a spaceship to get back to my home planet is totally untrue. I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Tesla

It got to the point where basically my brother and I agreed to ban any such conversations if we're ever in a hot tub. Because that really kills the magic.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Tesla

It's not the neophytes, it's the experts. They get very comfortable with it and repeatedly ignore the car's warnings and in effect it becomes like a reflex action.feedback

Jun 21 2017

It would be pretty absurd to try and build a city on Mars if your spaceships just stayed on mars and did not go back to Earth. You would have a massive graveyard of ships. You want to build a propellant plant and send the ships back.feedback

Jun 21 2017

I think there are really two fundamental paths. One path is we stay on Earth forever, and then there will be some eventual extinction. The alternative is to become a space-bearing civilisation and a multi-planetary species. The threshold for a self-sustaining city on Mars or a civilization would be a million people. If you can only go every two years and if you have 100 people per ship, that is 10,000 trips.feedback

Jun 21 2017

The main reason I am personally accumulating assets is in order to fund this. I really do not have any other motivation for personally accumulating assets except to be able to make the biggest contribution I can to making life multi-planetary.feedback

Jun 21 2017

Therefore, at least 100 people per trip is the right order of magnitude, and we may end up expanding the crew section and ultimately taking more like 200 or more people per flight in order to reduce the cost per person.feedback

Jun 21 2017 - SpaceX

This applies to me most of all. Leaders are also expected to work harder than those who report to them and always make sure that their needs are taken care of before yours, thus leading by example.feedback

Jun 21 2017 - SpaceX

Otherwise you could be building on faulty ground.feedback

Jun 21 2017 - SpaceX

Hire great people…this is 90 percent of the solution, as hiring wrong can cost you so much. We challenge our people leaders to hire people that are better than themselves, therefore making the company better with each hire. Other advice I would give is to not blindly follow trends. Question and challenge the status quo.feedback

Jun 21 2017

Focus on signal over noise. Don't waste time on stuff that doesn't actually make things better. I think a lot of people think I must spend a lot of time with media or on businessy things. But actually almost all my time, like 80 percent of it, is spent on engineering and design. Engineering and design, so it's developing next-generation product. That's 80 percent of it.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Tesla

No words can express how much I care about your safety and well-being. It breaks my heart when someone is injured building cars and trying their best to make Tesla successful.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Tesla

This is what all managers at Tesla should do as a matter of course. At Tesla, we lead from the front line, not from some safe and comfortable ivory tower. Managers must always put their team's safety above their own.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Tesla

I'm meeting with the safety team every week and would like to meet every injured person as soon as they are well, so that I can understand from them exactly what we need to do to make it better. I will then go down to the production line and perform the same task that they perform.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Climate change

Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Carbon

It would be quite fun to be on Mars because you would have gravity that is about 37 percent of that of Earth, so you would be able to lift heavy things and bound around.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Japan

Most places on Earth would be 20–25 minutes away. If we had a floating platform off the coast of New York, 20–30 miles out, you could go from New York to Tokyo in 25 minutes and across the Atlantic in 10 minutes.feedback

Jun 16 2017

As we show that this is possible and that this dream is real–it is not just a dream, it is something that can be made real–the support will snowball over time. I should also add that the main reason I am personally accumulating assets is in order to fund this. I really do not have any other motivation for personally accumulating assets except to be able to make the biggest contribution I can to making life multi-planetary.feedback

Jun 16 2017

People could also get sponsorship. It gets to the point where almost anyone, if they saved up and this was their goal, could buy a ticket and move to Mars – and given that Mars would have a labor shortage for a long time, jobs would not be in short supply.feedback

Jun 16 2017

[I]f we could warm Mars up. Mars also has enough sunlight and an atmosphere in which, with some tweaking, it would be possible to grow plants.feedback

Jun 16 2017

What we need to do is to move those circles together. Given that Mars would have a labor shortage for a long time, jobs would not be in short supply. Venus is a high-pressure – super-high-pressure – hot acid bath ... not at all like the goddess. So, it would be really difficult to make things work on Venus.feedback

Jun 16 2017

It would be quite fun to be on Mars because you would have gravity that is about 37% of that of Earth, so you would be able to lift heavy things and bound around.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - SpaceX

There is a huge amount of risk. It is going to cost a lot. There is a good chance we will not succeed, but we are going to do our best and try to make as much progress as possible.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - SpaceX

I thought we had maybe a 10 percent chance of doing anything – of even getting a rocket to orbit, let alone getting beyond that and taking Mars seriously.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - SpaceX

With the addition of maneuvering thrusters, we think we can actually put the booster right back on the launch stand.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - SpaceX

It's quite positive, I think. It highlighted an important point, which is that a lot of times the question is harder than the answer. The heroes of the books I read ... always felt a duty to save the world.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I am not sure what else one would do. I think that is what would happen.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Tesla

Just wish they would stop sticking pins in voodoo dolls of me.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Twitter

Now, the office has caffeine-free Diet Coke. I do watch movies, although less these days. Hang out with kids, see friends, normal stuff. Sometimes go crazy on Twitter. But usually it's work more.feedback

Jun 08 2017

The right number for me is around 6 to 6.5 hours per night. Sleep is really great. If find I don't get enough sleep I'm quite grumpy…I could drop below a certain threshold of sleep, although I would be awake more hours I would get less done because my mental acuity would be affected.feedback

Jun 08 2017

I'm a pretty good dad. I have the kids for slightly more than half the week and spend a fair bit of time with them. I also take them with me when I go out of town.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Tesla

They want to know how many can they buy, and how soon.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Tesla

It's crazy hard to make cars. There's 10,000 unique items, and it only moves as fast as the slowest item.feedback

Jun 06 2017

We happened to have some books by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer in the house, which you should not read at age 14. It is bad; it's really negative. If you can properly phrase the question, then the answer is the easy part. So, to the degree that we can better understand the universe, then we can better know what questions to ask.feedback

Jun 06 2017

It's quite positive I think. It highlighted an important point, which is that a lot of times the question is harder than the answer.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Tesla

Take as much feedback from as many people as you can about whatever idea you have. Seek critical feedback. Ask them what's wrong. You often have to draw it out in a nuanced way to figure out what's wrong. You've got to do all sorts of jobs and tasks that you might not wish to do, that are not intrinsically interesting to you. You've got to be prepared to do whatever it takes, work whatever hours. No task is too menial. I think, that's the right attitude for CEO of a startup.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Tesla

Tell me the story of your life and the decisions that you made along the way and why you made them. And also tell me about some of the most difficult problems you worked on and how you solved them. People that really solved the problem, they know exactly how they solved it – they know the little details.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Tesla

The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You're encouraged to behave like a little gear in a complex machine. Frankly, it allows you to keep people who aren't that smart, who aren't that creative. So this is not about wealth accumulation for me personally. It's just that I think this is a very important problem and it's got to get solved, and if we don't solve it we're in trouble.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Tesla

I think it's important that everyone understands exactly what the mission is, what the goal is and that when they join the company, they be brought into that overall goal. As long as that goal is clearly defined and understood and people are saying 'yes,' they agree with that goal when they join the company – so, they are not just joining for a salary but they believe in what the company is doing…. I don't believe in process. In fact, when I interview a potential employee and he or she says that 'it's all about the process,' I see that as a bad sign.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Toyota

If something's flying over your head and there's a whole bunch of flying cars going all over the place, that is not an anxiety-reducing situation. You're thinking, Did they service their hubcap, or is it going to come off and guillotine me?feedback

Jun 04 2017 - SpaceX

It's starting to feel kinda normal to reuse rockets. Good. That's how it is for cars & airplanes and how it should be for rockets.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Climate change

Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Climate change

Addressing climate change is not just an environmental or moral imperative, it is an economic imperative.feedback

Jun 01 2017

I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Trump Presidency

That deal imposes little responsibility on the world's largest emitters, while costing the U.S. economy $3 trillion in reduced output, 6 million industrial jobs and 3 million manufacturing jobs. That amount of economic carnage is unjustified and so we welcome this long overdue action in defense of the American people.feedback

May 24 2017 - Tesla

Both Tesla and SpaceX were very close to dying. SpaceX had our third launch failure: we just barely had enough resources to do a fourth, and if that had failed it would have been curtains. Fortunately, it worked, but even then we weren't quite out of the woods.feedback

May 24 2017 - Tesla

Actually, I think my generation does feel a bit cheated by that. Or rather, disappointed that things didn't progress from there. Because the expectation was always that there'd have been a base on the moon and that we'd have sent people to Mars by the time we'd grown up. In 2001 Arthur C Clarke based his whole story on that. And yet here we are in 2013 and the United States cannot even send a person into low-earth orbit. Nobody would have believed such an outcome back in 1969.feedback

May 19 2017 - Driverless cars

You will also be able to add your car to the Tesla shared fleet just by tapping a button on the Tesla phone app and have it generate income for you while you're at work or on vacation, significantly offsetting and at times potentially exceeding the monthly loan or lease cost. This dramatically lowers the true cost of ownership to the point where almost anyone could own a Tesla.feedback

May 18 2017 - Tesla

I knew people were having a hard time, working long hours, and on hard jobs. I wanted to work harder than they did, to put even more hours in. Because that's what I think a manager should do.feedback

May 18 2017 - Tesla

We're doing this because we believe in a sustainable energy future, trying to accelerate the advent of clean transport and clean energy production, not because we think this is a way to get rich.feedback

May 18 2017 - Tesla

I do believe this market cap is higher than we have any right to deserve. We're a money losing company. This is not some situation where, for example, we are just greedy capitalists who decided to skimp on safety in order to have more profits and dividends and that kind of thing. It's just a question of how much money we lose. And how do we survive? How do we not die and have everyone lose their jobs? It's incredibly hurtful and I think false for anyone to claim that I don't care.feedback

May 18 2017 - Tesla

On a risk adjusted return basis, an auto company has to be the dumbest thing you could possibly start. We're trying to do good for the world and we believe in doing the right thing. And that extends to caring about the health and safety of everyone at the company.feedback

May 16 2017

We have to have death so our life has meaning. I don't want my brain downloaded. When I die I'll just be cremated.feedback

May 10 2017 - Tesla

The problem with solar roofs is they all look awful. That's why they didn't succeed. This is the opposite. It looks better than normal. It will last longer. This is a better product at a slightly better price.feedback

May 10 2017 - Climate change

Just like with electric cars where electric cars originally didn't look good, they had low range … they were like a golf cart, so people had a real hard time buying electric cars. And I think something similar needs to happen to solar. We really need to make solar panels as appealing as electric cars have become. The goal is to have … solar roofs that look better than normal roof, generate electricity, last longer, have better insulation and actually have a cost, an installed cost that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity.feedback

May 10 2017 - Tesla

When you have this installed on your house, you'll have the best roof in the neighborhood. The aesthetics are that good. It will be very difficult and it will take a long time, and there will be some stumbles along the way. But it's the only sensible vision of the future.feedback

May 05 2017 - Tesla

There will also be little things that come along like free frozen yogurt stands scattered around the factory and my personal favorite: a Tesla electric pod car roller coaster.feedback

May 05 2017 - Tesla

We thought it was important that Tesla become, in part, a German company.feedback

May 05 2017 - Tesla

We have seen a belief among some that Model 3 is the newest and more advanced generation of Model S. This is not correct. Model S will always have more range, more acceleration, more power, more passenger cargo room, more displays (two), and more customization choices, and Model S, X and 3 will all have equivalent Autopilot functionality. We will continue to clearly communicate these distinctions to avoid any misperceptions.feedback

May 04 2017 - Tesla

I intend to be actively involved with Tesla for the rest of my life. Hopefully stopping before I get senile or too crazy, I don't know.feedback

May 04 2017 - Tesla

Yeah, I don't think they want to have that conversation, Adam. At least I've not heard any indication that they do. Obviously Apple continues to make some great products and, yeah, I mean, I use their phone and their laptop, it's cool.feedback

May 03 2017 - Tesla

I'm absolutely confident that electric vehicles will occupy every segment, without exception. As far as we know there are no issues. I don't think they want to have that conversation. I have not heard that they do.feedback

May 02 2017

I'm just trying to think about the future, and not be sad. I want to be clear, I'm not trying to be anyone's savior.feedback

May 02 2017 - Tesla

If you can jack up the power to the machine substantially, I think you can get at least a factor of two, maybe a factor of four or five improvement on top of that. Currently he's capable of going 14 times faster than a tunnel boring machine. We want to beat Gary. He's not a patient little fellow. That will be victory. Victory is beating the snail. There's no real length limit. This is basically interns and people doing it part time.feedback

May 02 2017 - Tesla

When I was driving the test prototype for the first truck, it's really weird, because you're driving around, and you're so nimble, and you're in this giant truck. I drove it around the parking lot. I was like 'This is crazy.' Driving this giant truck and sort of making these mad maneuvers.feedback

May 02 2017 - Tesla

Absolutely this is what will happen: so there will be a shared autonomy fleet where you buy your car, and you can an choose to use that car exclusively, you could choose have it be used only by friends and family, only by other drivers who are rated five stars, you can choose to share it some times but not other times. That's 100 percent what will occur, it's just a question of when.feedback

May 02 2017 - Tesla

The deepest mines are much deeper than the tallest buildings are tall, so you can alleviate any arbitrary level of open congestion with a 3D tunnel network. We need to have at least a 10-fold improvement in the cost per mile of tunneling. A single-lane tunnel would have to be 26 or 28 feet in diameter to allow for emergency vehicles and ventilation for combustion engine cars.feedback

May 02 2017 - Tesla

The real trick of it is not 'how do you make it work 99.9 percent of the time,' because if a car crashes say one in a thousand times then you're probably still not going to be comfortable falling asleep. If you had a tug of war competition, the Tesla semi will tug the diesel semi uphill.feedback

May 01 2017 - Tesla

The Model 3 is on track to start limited vehicle production in July and to steadily ramp production to exceed 5,000 vehicles per week at some point in the fourth quarter and 10,000 vehicles per week at some point in 2018.feedback

May 01 2017 - SpaceX

Tough call, as high altitude wind shear was at 98.6 percent of the theoretical load limit.feedback

Apr 28 2017

Once you explain this to a first-rate engineer, the light bulb goes on. Lot of engineers don't realize this is possible. They think there's like a wall. They're basically operating according to these invisible walls and we're in the the process of explaining those walls don't exist. And I think it's going to be pretty amazing.feedback

Apr 28 2017

The most important point I want to make is [that] the true problem, the true difficulty, and where the greatest potential lies is building the machine that makes the machine. In other words, building the factory … like a product. I do my favorite thing which is apply physics first principles. It's like the best tool possible. No, I'm serious. I have this spreadsheet.feedback

Apr 28 2017

Hey, guys, I think we can build this rocket ourselves.feedback

Apr 27 2017

I could have either done a rushed private stock sale or borrowed money from friends.feedback

Apr 25 2017 - Tesla

That's the aspiration, to avoid artificial intelligence becoming [the] other.feedback

Apr 24 2017

Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.feedback

Apr 24 2017

If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual telepathy. You wouldn't need to verbalize unless you want to add a little flair to the conversation or something … But the conversation would be conceptual interaction on a level that's difficult to conceive of right now.feedback

Apr 22 2017

Either we're going to create simulations that are indistinguishable from reality or civilisation will cease to exist. Those are the only two options.feedback

Apr 21 2017 - Tesla

If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual telepathy. There are a bunch of concepts in your head that then your brain has to try to compress into this incredibly low data rate called speech or typing. If you have two brain interfaces, you could actually do an uncompressed direct conceptual communication with another person.feedback

Apr 19 2017

I like autobiographies. I think [they] are pretty helpful.feedback

Apr 19 2017

I read a lot of books and talked to a lot of people. I would say, certainly, he's one of the people I most admire. Franklin was pretty awesome.feedback

Apr 17 2017

A much better way to do it would be like, Here's the engine, now let's take it apart. Then a very important thing happens, which is that the relevance of the tools becomes apparent.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Tesla

Besides, I already said we'd add more independent members during [Solar City] merger. Will announce soon, but this group has nothing to do with it.feedback

Apr 04 2017

You have tall buildings. They're all 3D, and then everyone wants to go into the building and leave the building at a same time. On a 2D road network, that obviously doesn't work, so you have to go 3D either up or down. And I think probably down.feedback

Apr 04 2017 - Tesla

Tesla is absurdly overvalued if based on the past, but that's irrelevant. A stock price represents risk-adjusted future cash flows.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - SpaceX

At this point I'm highly confident that it's possible to achieve at least 100-fold reduction in the cost of space access.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - SpaceX

It's a little counter-intuitive, they see a rocket going straight up, and you think, well, that's the way rockets go to space. They go straight up and suddenly gravity stops at some point…that's not at all how it works. So we have the word orbit. The way that things go up, and stay up, is they zoom around the Earth so fast that the upward acceleration is equal to the negative acceleration of gravity, they null out, and that's why you don't come back.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - SpaceX

I think it's a bit silly because Blue Origin hasn't even done a suborbital flight to space, let alone an orbital one. If one were to extrapolate their progress, they might reach orbit in five years, but that seems unlikely.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - SpaceX

This is a huge day. My mind's blown, frankly. Flight proven.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - SpaceX

It means you can fly and refly an orbit class booster which is the most expensive part of the rocket. This is going to be, ultimately a huge revolution in space flight. It is the difference between if you had airplanes, where you threw away an airplane after every flight versus you could reuse them multiple times.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - SpaceX

This is a huge day. My mind's blown. The potential is there for (an) over 100-fold reduction in the cost of access to space. If we can achieve that, it means humanity can become a space-faring civilisation and be out there among the stars. This is what we want for the future.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Drones

This is going to be a huge revolution in spaceflight.feedback

Mar 28 2017

I think if we can effectively merge with AI by improving the neural link between the cortex and your digital extension of yourself, which already exists but just has a bandwidth issue, then effectively, you become an AI-human symbiote. And if that then is widespread, and anyone who wants it can have it, then we solve the control problem as well. We don't have to worry about some evil dictator AI because we are the AI collectively. That seems like the best outcome I can think of.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - NASA

Perhaps there will be some future bill that makes a difference for Mars, but this is not it.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - SpaceX

Well, now, when your dragon lands on Mars with people, is there going to be anything down there for you to live in or do?feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Tesla

Just spoke with Premier of South Australia (Jay Weatherill). Very impressed. Govt is clearly committed to a smart, quick solution. Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?feedback

Mar 10 2017 - Tesla

Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Tesla

I had to decide whether to invest in Tesla and basically divest of all my other assets to do that, going to the point of bankruptcy and so forth. Having a broad network of investors is something that I've decided to do, you know, for all my businesses, because you want a good syndicate of folks around you when things are tough. I think even if you could do all your own funding you should go through the hard work of getting investors because the other thing investors do is that they give you true market feedback on whether what you're doing is correct.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Tesla

I think it's another thing I've learned since 2008 – we were self-funding so much of our businesses back then, and I'll never do that again.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Tesla

Most of our funding comes from local communities. If what we're doing isn't actually impactful then that funding will dry up. And so it's good to have outside funding, because it gives you accountability that what you're doing is actually really important and effective.feedback

Mar 02 2017 - Tesla

Thank you for the lovely letter. That sounds like a great idea. We'll do it!feedback

Feb 27 2017 - SpaceX

We would expect to do more than one mission of this nature. This should be incredibly exciting.feedback

Feb 27 2017 - SpaceX

We have been approached by private individuals. This is a private mission with paying customers, who have placed significant deposits. There is some risk here.feedback

Feb 27 2017 - SpaceX

Fly me to the moon ... Ok. I think they are entering this with their eyes open, knowing that there is some risk here. They're certainly not naive, and we'll do everything we can to minimize that risk, but it's not zero. But they're coming into this with their eyes open.feedback

Feb 27 2017 - SpaceX

This should be a really exciting mission that hopefully gets the world really excited about sending people into deep space again.feedback

Feb 23 2017 - Tesla

According to our financial plan, no capital needs to be raised for the Model 3 but we get very close to the edge. We're considering a number of options but I think it probably makes sense to raise capital to reduce risk.feedback

Feb 23 2017 - Tesla

I think it makes sense to raise capital to reduce risk.feedback

Feb 22 2017 - Tesla

We also understand manufacturing a lot better than we did in the past. There are really only disadvantages for someone to want the UAW.feedback

Feb 21 2017

You can see how [Franklin] was an entrepreneur. He was an entrepreneur. He started from nothing. He was just a runaway kid.feedback

Feb 21 2017

It is really, really good if you want a primer on structural design.feedback

Feb 21 2017

Given that this is the first time in 4.5 billion years where it's been possible for humanity to extend life beyond Earth, it seems like we'd be wise to act while the window was open and not count on the fact it will be open a long time.feedback

Feb 21 2017

The heroes of the books I read always felt a duty to save the world.feedback

Feb 18 2017 - SpaceX

But that 1 percent chance isn't worth rolling the dice. Better to wait a day.feedback

Feb 17 2017 - SpaceX

We are honored to be allowed to use it.feedback

Feb 13 2017 - Tesla

Tell me the story of your life and the decisions that you made along the way and why you made them and also tell me about some of the most difficult problems you worked on and how you solved them. People that really solved the problem, they know exactly how they solved it they know the little details.feedback

Feb 13 2017 - Tesla

But there are many people whose jobs are to drive. In fact I think it might be the single largest employer of people ... Driving in various forms. So we need to figure out new roles for what do those people do, but it will be very disruptive and very quick.feedback

Feb 10 2017 - Tesla

Frankly, I find this attack to be morally outrageous. Tesla is the last car company left in California, because costs are so high. Tesla is the last company left in California, because costs are so high. The UAW killed NUMMI and abandoned the workers at our Fremont plant in 2010. They have no leg to stand on.feedback

Feb 10 2017 - Tesla

Our understanding is that this guy was paid by the UAW to join Tesla and agitate for a union. He doesn't really work for us, he works for the UAW.feedback

Feb 08 2017 - Tesla

Hoping for summer this year.feedback

Feb 06 2017 - Tesla

[M]any in America don't realize how proud they should be of the legal system. Not perfect, but no where is the cause of justice better served.feedback

Feb 03 2017 - Immigration

In tomorrow's meeting, I and others will express our objections to the recent executive order on immigration and offer suggestions for changes to the policy.feedback

Jan 27 2017 - Tesla

Amortizing this capital cost over 20 years and adding daily operational costs gives a total of $20 USD plus operating costs per one-way ticket on the passenger Hyperloop.feedback

Jan 27 2017 - Tesla

This may sound surprising coming from me, but I agree (that) Rex Tillerson has the potential to be an excellent Sec of State.feedback

Jan 24 2017

Rex is an exceptionally competent executive, understands geopolitics and knows how to win for his team. His team is now the USA.feedback

Jan 23 2017 - SpaceX

Falcon 9 Block 5 -- the final version in the series -- is the one that has the most performance and is designed for easy reuse.feedback

Jan 04 2017 - International Consumer Electronics Show

Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging.feedback

Dec 30 2016 - SpaceX

It was a really surprising problem. It's never been encountered before in the history of rocketry.feedback

Dec 06 2016 - Tesla

We do believe there should be government incentives for electric vehicles, but we believe they should be there for the good of the industry and to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport – not because Tesla needs them.feedback

Dec 06 2016 - Tesla

I'd be happy to talk to Trump.feedback

Nov 23 2016

The apples-to-apples comparison compared to a regular roof will be at least at, and we believe slightly below the cost of a regular roof, and the electricity is just a bonus.feedback

Nov 18 2016 - Ford

Yeah, I am not sure what else one would do. I think that is what would happen.feedback

Nov 17 2016 - Tesla

I think your faith will be rewarded.feedback

Nov 14 2016

I think it's important for us to try to get to a self-sustaining situation on Mars as soon as possible.feedback

Nov 04 2016 - Tesla

I think the timing is just right, if not, I mean frankly, we may be a little late. I wouldn't say that we're early. It is really an accident of history that the companies are even separate.feedback

Nov 04 2016 - Tesla

We are going to do hundreds – if not thousands – of deals of that size and bigger. Are we going to run them all through the independent committee?feedback

Nov 04 2016 - Tesla

It was getting clunkier and clunkier to do these joint deals. It took us months to vet that through our independent board members of both companies, and confirm that it was an arm's-length transaction, and it was just very unwieldy.feedback

Nov 04 2016 - Tesla

You really need product integration. You want the solar panels and the batteries to work seamlessly.feedback

Nov 04 2016 - Tesla

But I am very glad they did.feedback

Nov 04 2016 - Tesla

If you have solar panels, batteries and electric cars, you have a complete solution to a sustainable energy future ... it's just critical that all three pieces are there.feedback

Nov 04 2016 - Tesla

I feel a bit stronger that he is not the right guy. He doesn't seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States.feedback

Oct 29 2016 - Tesla

It's an obvious three-part solution.feedback

Oct 29 2016 - Tesla

The whole purpose of Tesla is to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy.feedback

Oct 29 2016 - Tesla

Sometimes the solar roof is positioned as a competitor to utilities, but we are actually going to need utility power to increase, and we are going to need local power generation. Because if you transition all energy to electric, that roughly triples the amount of electricity that is needed. So you need about a third for transport, about a third for heating and about a third for what we currently use as electricity.feedback

Oct 29 2016 - Tesla

I want to make sure people appreciate that the solution is both local power generation and utility power generation, it is not one or the other.feedback

Oct 29 2016 - Tesla

The key is it needs to be beautiful, affordable, and seamlessly integrated. If all those things are true, why would you go in any other direction?feedback

Oct 29 2016 - Tesla

You can solve the whole energy equation with that.feedback

Oct 26 2016 - Tesla

I think it is a bit of both, really. It would be something that would be a significant offset on the cost of ownership for a car, and a revenue generator for Tesla as well. Obviously, the majority of the economics would go to the owner of the car.feedback

Oct 26 2016 - Tesla

Things are looking good. It's not to say there could be some darkness ahead... (but) it's overall looking quite promising.feedback

Oct 24 2016 - SpaceX

He said the first human mission to Mars would ideally be a dozen people who could help "build out and troubleshoot the propellant plant and Mars Base Alpha power system.feedback

Oct 24 2016 - Tesla

With the latter, you can build out a huge amount of pressurized space for industrial operations and leave the glass domes for green living space.feedback

Oct 21 2016 - Driverless cars

You will also be able to add your car to the Tesla shared fleet just by tapping a button on the Tesla phone app and have it generate income for you while you're at work or on vacation, significantly offsetting and at times potentially exceeding the monthly loan or lease cost.feedback

Oct 21 2016 - Driverless cars

This dramatically lowers the true cost of ownership to the point where almost anyone could own a Tesla. Since most cars are only in use by their owner for 5 percent to 10 percent of the day, the fundamental economic utility of a true self-driving car is likely to be several times that of a car which is not.feedback

Oct 20 2016 - Tesla

It will take us some time to complete the validation of the software and get regulatory approval but the important thing is that the foundation is laid" for fully autonomous driving.feedback

Oct 17 2016 - Tesla

Moving the Tesla announcement to Wednesday, need a few more days of refinement.feedback

Oct 09 2016 - Tesla

Tesla product unveiling on the 17th (unexpected by most), followed by Tesla/SolarCity on the 28th.feedback

Sep 29 2016 - NASA

We can grow plants on Mars just by compressing the atmosphere.feedback

Sep 27 2016 - SpaceX

Really the key is making this affordable to almost anyone who wants to go. (…) the very first flights will be quite expensive. But the architecture allows for a cost to get (to) less than $200,000, maybe as little as $100,000 over time depending on how much mass a person takes.feedback

Sep 27 2016 - SpaceX

I think Earth will be a good place for a long time, but the probable lifespan of human civilization will be much greater if we're a multiplanetary species.feedback

Sep 27 2016 - SpaceX

Ultimately what I'm trying to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible, make it seem as though it's something that we can do in our lifetimes.feedback

Sep 11 2016 - Tesla

Perfect safety is really an impossible goal. It's about improving the probability of safety. There won't ever be zero fatalities, there won't ever be zero injuries.feedback

Sep 11 2016 - Tesla

It will be a dramatic improvement in the safety of the system done entirely through software.feedback

Sep 11 2016 - Tesla

The perfect is the enemy of the good.feedback

Sep 11 2016 - Tesla

Anything metallic or dense, the radar system we're confident will be able to detect that and initiate a braking event.feedback

Sep 11 2016 - Tesla

Perfect safety is really an impossible goal.feedback

Sep 11 2016 - Tesla

It's not about going from bad to good. Things are already good. I think it's about going from good to great.feedback

Sep 11 2016 - Tesla

We really pushed hard on questioning all of those assumptions over the past few months.feedback

Sep 11 2016 - Tesla

It was just a very hard problem. Nobody else could solve this.feedback

Sep 09 2016 - SpaceX

Still working on the Falcon fireball investigation. Turning out to be the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years.feedback

Sep 09 2016 - SpaceX

Important to note that this happened during a routine filling operation. Engines were not on and there was no apparent heat source.feedback

Sep 01 2016 - SpaceX

Cause still unknown. More soon.feedback

Aug 10 2016

And so, why not have a solar roof that's better in many others ways as well. We don't want to show all of our cards right now, but I think people are going to be really excited about what they see.feedback

Aug 04 2016 - Tesla

This is the most exciting factory in the world.feedback

Aug 03 2016 - Tesla

Full autonomy is about developing advanced narrow AI, for the car to operate on. When I say narrow AI, it is not going to take over the world, but it needs to be good at driving a car. So increasingly sophisticated neural nets that can operate in reasonably sized computers in the car. That is our focus. I am very optimistic about this. It blows me away. If I am this close to it and it blow me away, it is really going to blow other people away.feedback

Aug 03 2016 - Tesla

We were in production hell for the first six months of the year. Man, it was hell. And we managed to climb out of hell partway through June and now the production line is humming and our suppliers mostly have their shit together.feedback

Aug 01 2016 - Tesla

The idea is that there is one sales process, one installation process, one service contact, one phone app to monitor things.feedback

Jul 30 2016 - Tesla

Radar tunes out what looks like an overhead road sign to avoid false braking events.feedback

Jul 27 2016 - Tesla

Things are on track to be able to meet the Model 3 cell production timing in the middle of next year.feedback

Jul 25 2016 - Tesla

What really matters to accelerate a sustainable future is being able to scale up production volume as quickly as possible. That is why Tesla engineering has transitioned to focus heavily on designing the machine that makes the machine – turning the factory itself into a product.feedback

Jul 21 2016 - Tesla

When used correctly, it (Autopilot) is already significantly safer than a person driving by themselves.feedback

Jul 13 2016

By placing solar panels on top of the tube, the Hyperloop can generate far in excess of the energy needed to operate. This takes into account storing enough energy in battery packs to operate at night and for periods of extended cloudy weather.feedback

Jul 12 2016 - Tesla

A lot of people don't understand what it is and how you turn it on.feedback

Jun 22 2016 - Tesla

We don't expect SolarCity to have a negative impact on Tesla cash flow. This makes execution easier, not harder.feedback

Jun 21 2016 - Tesla

I think it actually amplifies the opportunity for both companies.feedback

Jun 21 2016 - Tesla

I don't think this creates additional financial risk for Tesla. The deal would not add significant debt to the Tesla balance sheet.feedback

Jun 03 2016 - Amazon

It is intended to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. But we are going to send one to Mars in 2018.feedback

Jun 02 2016 - Driverless cars

Google's done a great job at showing the potential of autonomous transport, but they're not a car company. So they'd potentially license to other companies. I wouldn't say they're a competitor.feedback

Jun 02 2016 - Tesla

I would not recommend traveling to Mars in that. It would be a long time to spend on an SUV.feedback

Jun 02 2016 - SpaceX

We should be able to launch people in 2024, with arrival in 2025.feedback

May 27 2016 - SpaceX

The rocket's landing speed was close to the design maximum, thus the back and forth motion.feedback

May 20 2016 - Tesla

The reason is that even if 99 percent of the internally produced items and supplier items are available on July 1, we still cannot produce the car because you cannot produce a car that is missing 1 percent of its components.feedback

May 20 2016 - Tesla

Now, will we actually be able to achieve volume production on July 1 next year? Of course not.feedback

May 05 2016 - Tesla

The key thing we need to achieve in the future is to also be the leader in manufacturing. It's the thing we obviously have to solve if we are going to scale and scale profitably.feedback

Apr 27 2016 - SpaceX

With an internal volume about the size of a sports utility vehicle, the Dragon spacecraft would be uncomfortable for people making the long journey to Mars.feedback

Apr 21 2016 - Driverless cars

I very much agree with solving the high-density urban transport problem. There's a new type of car or vehicle that would be great for that and that'll actually take people to their final destination and not just the bus stop.feedback

Apr 09 2016 - SpaceX

The rocket landed instead of putting a hole in the ship or tipping over. We're real excited about that.feedback

Apr 01 2016 - Tesla

We at Tesla, we don't build slow cars.feedback

Sep 30 2015

As you guys know, it's incredibly important that we move to a sustainable world sooner rather than later. The sooner we do it, the better it is.feedback

May 30 2014

Long term we really want to get to the point of where there are thousands of space flights a year and ultimately where we have a base on the Moon and a base on Mars and become a multi-planet species in a true space civilization, that where things need to go in the long term.feedback

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