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DENOY DEBOER / February 7, 2016
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I first began to have an admiration for Elon Musk in 2014 when I heard that Tesla Motors will allow its technology patents to be used by anyone in good faith in a bid to entice automobile manufacturers to speed up development of electric cars. "Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal," said Elon, co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors.

There used to be protective "walls" blocking Tesla patents in the lobby of Tesla headquarters.  "We felt compelled to create patents out of concern that the big car companies would copy our technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales and marketing power to overwhelm Tesla," said Elon, who is actually anti-patent, but felt the need to protect Tesla Motors when it was still a fledgling company.

"We couldn’t have been more wrong. The unfortunate reality is the opposite: electric car programs (or programs for any vehicle that doesn’t burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, constituting an average of far less than 1% of their total vehicle sales," said Elon sadly.

In the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology, Tesla Motors tore down the walls. A very impressive and generous act that can benefit all of humanity.

But Elon is an impressive guy. At age 10, Elon discovered computing with the Commodore VIC-20.  He taught himself computer programming.  At age 12, Elon sold the code for a BASIC-based video game he created called Blastar to a magazine called PC and Office Technology for approximately $500.  A web version of the game is available online
HERE. (This isn't Elon's actual version of the game but an HTML 5 reproduction by Tomas Lloret Llinares, a software engineer at Google, who took Elon's code and rebuilt the game to work in HTML5.

Okay, so maybe Blastar wasn't the most impressive video game you've ever seen...but then again, when you consider that the game was written by a self-taught 12-year-old who actually SOLD the game for $500, it becomes quite an impressive feat. :)


In addition to being CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon was also one of the founders of Zip2, a web software company that developed and marketed an Internet "city guide" for the newspaper publishing industry.  He then went on to form and serve as CEO of PayPal.  After leaving PayPal, Musk went on to found SpaceX with the long-term goal of creating a "true space faring civilization."  His goal is to reduce the cost of human spaceflight by a factor of 10 and to establish a Mars colony with a population of 80,000 by 2040.

Other projects that Elon is involved in include
SolarCity, the second largest provider of solar power systems in the United States, Hyperloop, a new form of high-speed transportation between cities that would theoretically allow commuters to travel between the cities with a shorter traveling time than even a commercial airplane can currently provide, and OpenAI, a not-for-profit artificial intelligence (AI) research company that aims to develop artificial general intelligence in a way that is safe and beneficial to humanity.

Editor's Note: Learn more about this amazing man and be inspired

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