5 things to take away from Elon Musk’s last conversation with Joe Rogan: Bond, “Borat” and more
Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Elon musk was on Joe Rogan’s podcast for the third time and the richest person in the world kicked off the show with an ode to Sacha Baron Cohen’s hit comedy “The Dictator”.
Here are five of the most fun and humorous takeaways from the discussion.
1. SpaceX rocket design inspired by creator “Borat”: Cohen played the role of Admiral General Aladeen, a fictional Middle Eastern dictator who executed a missile engineer because a nuclear warhead design was not sharp enough.
Referring to the iconic scene from “The Dictator,” Musk told Rogan that he demanded that the SpaceX spacecraft look “sharper.”
“Did you literally tell them to make the ship sharper because of the movie ‘The Dictator’?” Rogan asked.
“Everyone thought it would be funny if they made the rocket sharper, so we did,” Musk replied.
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2. The hovercraft arrive: The flying car from the iconic cartoon “The Jetsons” may soon become a reality. Musk told Rogen he wanted the next Tesla Roadster to hover six feet above the ground. The only challenge is to find out how it can be done “without, you know, killing people. “
3. A Tesla worthy of James Bond: Musk wants to combine SpaceX’s innovation in Tesla cars. He said SpaceX cold gas thrusters could serve as a rocket thruster in a Tesla car and they can be hidden behind the license plate.
He explains: “At a minimum, I’m convinced that we could make a license plate lowering thruster, a la James Bond, and there would be a rocket thruster behind it, and that gives you three tons of thrust. “
4. A van for the zombie apocalypse: The next step in Tesla’s innovation pipeline is an electric pickup truck, Musk said. Battery technology and cell supplies aren’t advanced enough for a van to become a reality in the short term, but Musk has confirmed that a van with a solar panel on the roof is in the company’s plans.
“I think that would be great,” he said. “Like a pickup truck that, even if the apocalypse is happening, you can still drive it.”
5. Cybertruck window crash: Musk provided more details on the embarrassing moment of 2019 when he smashed the Cybertruck’s window with a metal ball to demonstrate its supposed bulletproof function.
Before the event, “at least a dozen people” threw steel balls at the same window and smashed it with sledgehammers. It turns out that “maybe that’s the problem,” he said.
“If you keep throwing steel balls, eventually they will shatter,” Musk said.
But the epic failure could also be the result of the demo glass used in the model car. The final glass product used in production cars is “more robust”.
“Nonetheless, it should have worked,” he said.
(Photo: Daniel Oberhaus (2018), Flickr)
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