Who's Elon Musk trying to emulate?

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  1. Baelzebub

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    Pretty much. It's amazing how little the ambitions of humanity have really changed through the ages.
     
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    Be better off with a breathalyzer lockout that measures IQ.
     
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    Wasn't the tagline of Wall Street II? "What if doing good was profitable?" Something like that.
     
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    Surely they would implement the three laws of robotics?
     
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    Remember that guy who rode a Segway over a cliff? Not him.
     
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    I know astronomers who spit on the ground when they hear his name as his Starlink satellites have destroyed their research. He just decided he could take over the night sky, and there's no one and nothing that could say no to him.
     
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    Congestion Pricing.
    You can go where you like, but between 7am and 10am, it's going to cost you $5 to enter a certain area of the city.
    This is already being done in some countries, and has been discussed in the US.

    Mileage-based road use taxes - We currently pay highway usage taxes on our fuel and vehicle registration. Vehicle registration is based on the value of the vehicle, so even though I drive 25k+ per year in my Corolla, I pay less in road use taxes than someone who drives a V8 luxury car 1/4 that distance.
    But electric vehicles skate on fuel taxes completely, and it's hurting the states, so they want to switch to taxing drivers per-mile, rather than per-gallon.
    The problem is, the small electric cars, or my Corolla, *should* be paying less, because they cause less wear and deterioration to road surfaces... there's a reason that on 4-lane freeways, the concrete in the two left lanes is only 6" thick and the two right lanes is 12" thick... trucks aren't limited to the right lanes only for courtesy.
     
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    To be fair this sentiment is as old as the human race, we would all like to stay away from those that are unpleasant or dangerous, to have nice things and not see them ruined, I think everyone wants this to some degree and one way to do it is make more money.

    I lived in a terrible neighborhood in Seattle years ago, I worked hard to make more money just to get out of it.

    The concept of Elysium, Shangri-la, Utopia, Wakanda all work and are appealing to people because they separate.
     
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    Well maybe that’s not strictly true. He is allowed to launch his satellites because it actually suits the agenda of other ‘interested’ parties.
     
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    Azimov did sort of fall off the wagon toward the end
    Could be a fourth law
    Could be
     
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    Or the flat earther who crashed and burned in his homemade rocket?
    Not him either
     
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    And SpaceX is not insensitive to the issue.
    They rotate the panels away when in the shadow to reduce the potential for reflection.
    Ground-based light pollution resulting from urban sprawl is a far greater impedance.
    https://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html#4/39.00/-98.00

    And it's not like he's just doing it.
    If he doesn't, Broadcom, or ATT, or some other company will.

    Rocketlab is the problem child, having repeatedly, without clearance, launched Cubesats too small to track, and who last year launched the "Humanity Star", which had no purpose other than to put a visible shared star above every human... as if the sun isn't already up there. The only positive thing about that project was that it was designed to only remain in orbit for a couple of months.
    Low Earth orbit is not the proper place for a self-serving art project.
     
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    Do you really think that isn't already happening with our reliance on navigation?
    You can't get into gated communities already, which is where so many of them live, they have private security, and they skew the algorithms their way. It doesn't take a self-driving car...
     
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    Yup. Or at least reduced based on who's in control.
    There are times when I do enjoy driving, such as a forested windy road or a specific road trip, but when it comes to the daily commute?
    No thanks, let the computer get it.
     
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    In this particular situation we also refer to it as "reality".
     
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    What makes you believe that?
     
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    I swear if we were on this forum 120 years ago (ignore the anachronism please), some people would be saying they’d never get into one of those new-fangled auto-mobile contraptions, because they’re just too dangerous, and probably a passing fad anyway - give me a good ol’ reliable horse any day of the week!
     
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    Now look at us, millions of acres of good land turned into roads and highways, pollution everywhere air, land and water, families miles apart because it's so easy to travel, and just the cost, just the cost of owning a car. imagine not paying for it, the parking the insurance the maintenance.

    Look at what we give up to have a car.
     
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    If you had told me just 20 years ago that in 2020 I'd be carrying around 128 gig of memory on my keyring and would have a 4k dashcam that was unobtrusive and could store a week of driving, I'd have asked you what you were smoking.
     
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