Jobs, Gates, Page/Brin, and Now Musk

Many of you have never heard of Elon Musk, but I urge you to write his name down and watch the video I have attached because he may be the next Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, or even Isaac Newton. He is still not as accomplished as Steve Jobs, Apple; Bill Gates, Microsoft; or Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google — but chances are he could surpass them.

Musk has a greater chance of becoming the holy name in history books for his work on the Internet (founded PayPal), bringing electric automobiles to fruition (CEO of Tesla Motors), and furthering rocket technology so we can all eventually have multi-planet lives (founded SpaceX).

There must be something to this guy. At 42 years old, this South African native is worth $3 billion, has been married twice, is currently available (he denies he is in a relationship with Cameron Diaz), lives in Los Angeles, has five children, and plans to bring us innovation like we have never seen before.

During a milestone interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the recent AllThingsD conference, Musk revealed some startling hints about his energy efficient car company,Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) and other inventions he is working on.

For example, Tesla cars, in the not-too-distant future, will be able to travel from coast to coast thanks to the recent addition of a network of super-charger stations. Musk also says the Tesla car, at a price of $70,000 now, will sell for $30,000 in three years.

Watch the news today or tomorrow, because some other kind of invention — a cross between a Concorde airplane, a railgun, and an air hockey table — is being unveiled as the fastest and cheapest vehicle to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

The interview also reveals what SpaceX is developing and why he feels we may all be leaving planet Earth someday. Thank you Walt and Kara (the two of them are geniuses in their own right, bringing cutting edge news to us around the clock throughout the year) for posting this video on YouTube. It is truly history in the making. And I didn’t miss the extraordinary appearance of Esther Dyson during the Q and A. All that brain power in one room makes me so happy to be able to watch this power conversation over and over.

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