In the history of the world only four entities have managed to put a rocket into orbit and bring it back to Earth. Those entities are the United States of America, the Soviet Union, China, and Elon Musk.
Elon Musk is the founder of PayPal, the man behind Tesla Motors, and the head of SpaceX. While there are others working on the problem, to date SpaceX is the only privately owned organization to put a rocket into orbit. That’s a big deal, particularly since it’s only the very beginning of Musk’s ambitions.
Musk isn’t just the billionaire funding SpaceX, he’s also the company’s Chief Designer. That means he’s smart, really smart, and like a lot of geniuses he’s not the best public speaker. So when he does talk, it’s worth listening and listening hard. This week he went on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Stewart did his best to make the man’s genius accessible to the average Joe. I’m not sure if he succeeded, but you should watch anyway. Here’s the full, extended interview in two parts…
I love the way he talks about “the light of consciousness” and the necessity of making humanity an interplanetary species. Elon Musk knows what he’s doing but will the average person ever understand? Somehow I doubt it. Luckily, it doesn’t seem to matter. Elon Musk is taking us to Mars anyway.