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Elon Musk (born 28 June 1971) is a South African entrepreneur who later moved to the USA. He is best known for founding SpaceX and for co-founding Tesla Motors and PayPal (originally X.com). At SpaceX he is the CEO and Chief Designer and at Tesla Motors he is Product Architect. Musk is also Chairman of SolarCity.

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“History is written by the victors … except on Wikipedia haha. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1294921196564180994”

— Elon Musk

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“We must pass the great filter! June 21, 2020https://techstartups.com/2020/06/21/elon-musk-we-must-pass-the-great-filter-social-media-is-a-limbic-amplifier-which-inherently-destabilizes-civilization/https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1274614961151414273”

— Elon Musk

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“"People tend to think like, 'Why should electric vehicles have a subsidy,' but they're not taking into account that all fossil fuel-burning vehicles fundamentally are subsidised by the cost—the environmental cost—to Earth, but nobody's paying for it... We are going to pay for it, obviously—in the future we'll pay for it. It's just not paid for now."—Elon Musk (interview with Joe Rogan, published 2018-09-06)”

— Elon Musk

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“I think there is a strong humanitarian argument for making life multi-planetary in order to safeguard the existence of humanity in the event that something catastrophic were to happen.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: DK Smithsonian, Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel, ISBN 978-1-4654-6414-9 (Page 343).

“"I don’t get the little ship thing. You can’t show up at Mars in something the size of a rowboat. What if there are Martians? It would be so embarrassing."”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: Musk, Elon I don't get the little ship thing

“"It would be an incredible adventure. And life needs to be more than just solving every day problems. You need to wake up and be excited about the future"”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: On "eyeing" for Mars, IAC 2016 meeting, presentation on sustainable Mars colonization.

“One thing that is important is that, if you have a choice between a lower valuation with someone you really like, or higher valuation with someone you have a question mark about, take the lower valuation.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: During an interview with PandoDaily - Fireside Chat With Elon Musk - Jul, 17th 2012

“"I'd rather be optimistic and wrong; than pessimistic and right."”

— Elon Musk

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“We have planes, trains, automobiles and boats, ... What if there was a fifth mode?”

— Elon Musk

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More on this quote: on the Hyperloop.
• Garber, Megan (13 July 2012), "The Real iPod: Elon Musk's Wild Idea for a 'Jetson Tunnel' from S.F. to L.A.", The Atlantic retrieved: 21 July 2012

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“In terms of the Internet, it's like humanity acquiring a collective nervous system. Whereas previously we were more like a... collection of cells that communicated by diffusion. With the advent of the Internet, it was suddenly like we got a nervous system. It's a hugely impactful thing.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: Mann, Adam (26 April 2012), "Video: Wired’s Interview with SpaceX’s Elon Musk", Wired retrieved: 18 August 2012

“I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness to make sure it continues into the future.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: 50-innovation-quotes-from-spacex-founder-elon-musk

“Sooner or later, we must expand life beyond our little blue mud ball--or go extinct.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: (1 October 2008), Elon Musk, work: Esquire, retrieved: 29 November 2012

“I love Wikipedia. Just gets better over time.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: Elon Musk likes us

“I would like to die on Mars; just not on impact.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: Vance, Ashley (13 September 2012), "Elon Musk, the 21st Century Industrialist", Bloomberg retrieved: 14 September 2012

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: 60 Minutes, season 44, episode 26 (18 March 2012)

“We need to figure out how to have the things we love, and not destroy the world.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: (26 March 2012), Driving With Elon Musk

“Since our primary competitors [in space launch] are national governments, the enforceability of patents is questionable.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: (19 March 2013), Elon Musk: The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ...

“Even if there's a zombie apocalypse, you'll still be able to travel using the Tesla Supercharging system.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: (30 May 2013), Tesla speeds up free nationwide charging network, 20-minute quick repower, publisher: Yahoo!

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“The heroes of the books I read, The Lord of the Rings and the Foundation series, always felt a duty to save the world.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: (24 August 2009), Plugged In: Can Elon Musk lead the way to an electric-car future?, publisher: New Yorker, retrieved: 7 February 2015

“They [Apple] have hired people we've fired. We always jokingly call Apple the "Tesla Graveyard." If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I'm not kidding. ... cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches. You can't just go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: Build me a car. But for Apple, the car is the next logical thing to finally offer a significant innovation. A new pencil or a bigger iPad alone were not relevant enough.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: All Charged Up in Berlin in Handelsblatt (25 September 2015)

“AI is much more advanced than people realize. ... Humanity's position on this planet depends on its intelligence so if our intelligence is exceeded, it's unlikely that we will remain in charge of the planet.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: Artificial intelligence: Should we be as terrified as Elon Musk and Bill Gates? in ZDNet (20 October 2015)

“SpaceX's got 5,000 people. I get a lot of attention, but they are really doing the work.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: SpaceX Dragon Headed to the ISS at NASA Post-Launch News Conference (April 8, 2016)

“The probability of death is quite high on the first [human] mission [to Mars].”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: "Elon Musk's Plan To Colonize Mars Gives Us The Sci-Fi Future We Crave: Now let's see if he can make it reality." Popular Science magazine. (September 27, 2016)

“"Guardian is the most insufferable newspaper on planet Earth."Joe Rogan podcast”

— Elon Musk

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“"People are mistaken when they think that technology just automatically improves. It does not automatically improve. It only improves if a lot of people work very hard to make it better, and actually it will, I think, by itself degrade, actually. You look at great civilizations like Ancient Egypt, and they were able to make the pyramids, and they forgot how to do that. And then the Romans, they built these incredible aqueducts. They forgot how to do it."”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: Career advice from Elon Musk's latest TED interview, in one sentence at 2017 TED conference (May 9, 2017)

“Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: Fragment of Elon Musk's tweet (19 November 2017)

“Every person in your company is a vector. Your progress is determined by the sum of all vectors.”

— Elon Musk

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Quote source: What Elon Musk Taught Me About Growing A Business (16 October 2017)

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