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Wait But Why Interviews Elon

Discussion in 'Tesla Motors' started by Yuri_G, May 7, 2015.

  1. Yuri_G

    Yuri_G Member

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    Great blog and some interesting tid bits thrown in such as...

    Delicious indeed :biggrin:

    http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/05/elon-musk-the-worlds-raddest-man.html
     
  2. aznt1217

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    I thoroughly enjoyed that read
    Great blog
     
  3. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Great post. Loved it. Need to clean up some of the f bombs and make my son read it.
     
  4. Omer

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    I love that Elon reads waitbutwhy. It's one of my absolute favorite blogs
     
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    A very interesting lens on our favourite guy looking for a volcano lair.
     
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    Wait, they let this shmuck actually see what the Model 3 looks like???? Someone get him a crime suspect artist and let's get a sketch!
     
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    As a Musk-o-file, I approve :biggrin:
     
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    Nice, thanks for the bump!
     
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    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    Although I thought there was a similar thread into which this ought be merged, I am delighted to find that Part II of the monograph ;) now is out.

    If you really desire understanding, or - similarly - if there is something that you don't understand; have trouble comprehending - then my mantra is Go Back To First Principles. And Tim Urban consistently does as fine a job at doing just that as anyone I ever have encountered. He's not perfect, thank goodness, but he's very, very good.
    And now back to the new blog entry. I'm up to Henry Ford and I think that puts me only about one-third the way through.
     
  11. ChadS

    ChadS Petroleum is for sissies

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    It's very long - but a great read.

    I mean, I didn't learn anything, but I have been following these topics for a long time (the week after my son was born, Jan 1990, is when I started thinking about electric cars, for example). And there are a few minor points where he oversimplified something, left out an important point, glossed something over, etc. But then I've never read (and certainly never written) anything this long and complicated that didn't do at least some of that. Overall, I'm impressed with what he put together and how well he explains things.

    It really sounds like an echo of my own learning process, and why I moved from buying sub-$20k economy gas cars to ~$100k Teslas. I didn't need the cars, I didn't want to spend the money, the risks were large when I made my purchases (Tesla was very nearly out of cash both times) - but I really support the mission. Tesla is not perfect; like any other automaker, they have made some strategic and many tactical errors along the way. But Urban explains well why their mission - so different than the other automakers' - is important.
     
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    Last two posts said what I was going to say... so +2 bump I guess...
     
  13. gavine

    gavine Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast

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    What a great article. Everyone in the world should have to read this. Problem is, I can't think of anyone (not one person) in my circle of friends and/or family who would even remotely be interested in reading this. Most people don't care and it's a shame.

    Here's a highlight from part 2:

     
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    Yep - thanks for the link and heads up on this series of pieces. I have really enjoyed the first two parts. A little preaching to the choir, but the choir rarely complains about that, right?
     
  15. Jim MacInnes

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    How Tesla Will Change the World - Wait But Why

    This discussion pretty much sums up our energy and environmental predicament as well as the role that Elon Musk and Tesla are playing to help to address these challenges.

    How Tesla Will Change The World | Wait But Wh
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    Part 1 The Story of Energy
    Part 2 The Story of Cars
    Part 3 The Story of Tesla
     
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    It was already posted here (including the second part.) Could I ask mods to merge the threads please ?

    (What is the etiquette for this ? Should I report this post ?)
     
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    Wasn't aware of the original posting. Merging the threads would be fine with me. It is a good story though.
     
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    Sorry, re-reading myself, I think I should have been more … subtle. ;-)

    It is indeed a particularly interesting blog post. I have been following Wait but why for a few month now, and I am always waiting for the next post !
     
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    As noted in the earlier thread more people need to pay attention to this story. The diffusion of this information throughout society is slow absent some type of discontinuity that immediately focuses everyone's attention. It would be nice if we could avoid that.
     
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    The biggest revelation is that... combustion is just reverse photosynthesis. In plain english, what we (as a collective species) and in our everyday activities are blowing something up, we need to make sure our replacement rate is the same as destruction rate to make sure that we can continue to have things to blow up. It's self preservation and all of this is a moot point if there is nothing left.

    That should be simple enough to understand but many do not... and for those who do may not want to read a very long blog post.
     

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