With the California legislature off on a month's vacation beginning with the 4th of July weekend, it's a period in California politics in which several matters are poised awaiting resolution; namely, policy on water, high-speed rail, and space, the state controller's race, and Governor Jerry Brown's future.
The motivation is simple -- the Tesla mission is to accelerate the shift of humanity's reliance on fossil fuels towards sustainable, renewably powered transportation.
It's an Elon Musk world, and we're just living in it. Before we bow down to a seemingly fearless and altruistic pioneer of electric vehicles and libertarianism, it's important to point out the ongoing contradictions with Musk and markets.
Tesla Motors is freeing up its 200 patents to electric car competitors, throwing automotive analysts into a frenzy. But CEO Elon Musk is just following the profitable open source road paved by Salesforce, Facebook and Apple.
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Beginning with the Revolutionary War, America's capacity to care for our multitude of physically and mentally wounded warriors has proven woefully inadequate.
We discuss his vision for a clean energy future and he gives us a lesson from Einstein on nuclear fusion. You may notice a big smile on my face when he launches into an explanation of E=MC Squared.
Will technology and science that make our species more transhuman be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots?
There is great irony to all the fuss during the past few months about the possibility that the Obama administration might block the continued sales of Russian RD-180 liquid-fuel engines to United Launch Alliance of Denver as a way of punishing Russia for its government's annexation of the Crimea and ongoing meddling in eastern Ukraine.
With climate change now officially a real and present danger, attention is turning back to the promise of clean energy and cleantech.
When you are passionate enough about something, you often don't need a lot in monetary compensation.
When you dig down, it's pretty clear why these investment leaders would flock to off-grid solar. With rock-solid economics, an enormous addressable market, and eye-popping growth rates, the opportunity is immense.
I was recently asked to recommend a space program for a "greatest achievement" award in the area of aeronautics or astronautics. How could you not go with Voyager? I mean, for the first time in the roughly 2 million-year-old human species, something we have conceived of and created has traveled beyond our solar system.
If even half of the engineers who built internet startups focused on "big problems," I guarantee we would have flying cars, not just 140 chars.
Is there a bias against public investment in clean energy? Just ask Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk.
Philanthropy has long been associated with non-profits, but the indelible mark private companies have made on the world should make us wonder where our donations really have the most impact.