Tommy Collison to give Elon Musk a break: at least he is focused on big ideas

  • Tommy Collison to give Elon Musk a break: at least he is focused on big ideas
    Independent.t. E.
    Call it the parable of the cave. Here on the West coast of the US, at least, the rescue of the last month of the football team and their coach from the cave in Thailand revolved around one person. It’s not the coach or cave divers is Elon Musk, who offered assistance and submarine for use as a backup if the primary plan of salvation didn’t work.
    https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/tommy-collison-give-elon-musk-a-break-at-least-hes-focused-on-big-ideas-37197611.html
    https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/article37197610.ece/fea19/AUTOCROP/h342/giveelon.JPG

  • Email

Call it the parable of the cave. Here on the West coast of the US, at least, the rescue of the last month of the football team and their coach from the cave in Thailand revolved around one person. It’s not the coach or cave divers is Elon Musk, who offered assistance and submarine for use as a backup if the primary plan of salvation didn’t work.

Musk offers assistance, to put it mildly, not very good. Critics saw it as taking advantage of the crisis to get his name in the headlines, it distracts from the “real” rescue work, as well as contribute to an undesirable brand of techno-optimism.

Cave spit out evidence of a broader trend that I just noticed. All actions and motives of people in Silicon valley are under heavy suspicion from those outside.

People are beginning to see technology as distant from the reality, the content of the work at the time of application, instead of focusing on real problems.

This criticism is markedly stratified based on where you are. In Silicon valley, the tone was markedly different. Here, musk praised for some considerable spacex in engineering skills to work with Thai authorities to rescue the backup plan.

I live in Seattle, which in many ways is a continuation of the Silicon valley. Think of a big technology company, and that, probably, is the office (or headquarters) is here: Apple, Airbnb, Amazon, Facebook, Google, business, Microsoft, Twitter, and uber all have a significant presence.

Part of the problem lies in the fact that silicon Valley is so different. Technique always aspired to do great things, and this part of the world has always been where people come to build the future. Even before the hacking of the revolution and in the early days of Intel and Apple in San Francisco was a frontier city since that time there’s gold in them Thar hills.

Musk is a lightning rod for criticism on duty, but when you look at it, critique it – and valley – does not always work. Objectively speaking, what he achieved is extraordinary. In just shy of two decades, he created and led a four billion dollar company in four different industries: payments, aerospace engineering, electrical machines, and solar energy. When PayPal was acquired by eBay in 2002, Musk made $180m. With this kind of money, people could buy their own island and retired.

Instead, he ploughed more than $100 million in spacex. In 2006, the company, Falcon 1-the First privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit. Today, spacex is the cause of more than half of all launches of commercial rockets.

Another reason supervillain caricature does not stick to the Mask: in 2014, he announced that Tesla will not pursue lawsuits against other companies that use the technology of Tesla. By open-sourcing Tesla’s battery patents of the car, he clearly encouraged competition in the market for electric cars.

That is meaningless from a commercial point of view, it begins to make sense in the context of the musk. He has been talking about the dangers of climate change, and reducing the number of gasoline cars on the road is one way society can reverse the harmful effects of emissions. That it can reduce the number of gas cars on the road? To encourage production, and many electric cars as possible.

But back to Silicon valley as a whole.

Most everyone I know admires Apple’s think big campaign, and identifies himself with their slogan: “those who are crazy enough to think they can change, usually in the world.” It remains to be seen if the current wave of technology-scepticism and criticism of the impact on attracting talent in Silicon valley, or as current employees tech.

My guess – my hope – is that move-fast-and-build-things mentality of the valley will protect them from much of the criticism.

The technician doesn’t get it right 100pc of the time. As an example, I think that minor disputes Musk on Twitter are counterproductive and a waste of time. But it is worth exploring exactly what we criticize when we say high-tech companies. Musk asked directly if there was nothing he could do to help. He came up, but was mercilessly criticised for interfering and trying to make it all about him.

Silicon Valley associated with the big ideas so that the rest of the world no.

But this is not always the case. Last month, 49-th anniversary of man landing on the moon. In many ways, this was one of the last times we got together and did something truly extraordinary. With the possible exception of Shenzhen in China, silicon Valley is the only place in the world where people think that today on the scale.

In 1969, more than half a million people gathered around their televisions to watch Neil Armstrong and buzz Aldrin walking on the lunar surface. It was, at the time, the biggest audience for live TV coverage. In the decades since, we as a society seem to have moved away from big ideas. Silicon Valley is one of the last holdouts. Optimism is so bad?

Online Business Classes