If you don’t know who Elon Musk is, maybe this rings a bell: he’s the billionaire genius who launched a car into space this February. As the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and Neuralink, Musk is a pioneer at the forefront of creating better technology for the world. He somehow manages all three of those companies while also having five kids, maintaining a well-toned physique and Tweeting constant fire. Companies that, might I add, are developing technology for underground roads, electric sports cars and flamethrowers. Just the other day Musk tweeted that he is working on “building a cyborg dragon.” There is no end to the madness.
So if blasting a car into space was just the beginning, what is next for Musk (aside from this supposed dragon)? With the resources at his disposal, the possibilities are endless. I have a few issues that I think he could help fix. Plus, there are loads more stuff that would just be cool for him to make.
- Make portal travel a thing: I have no clue how to do this, but maybe Musk can find a way to get rid of commutes entirely. I would never be late to my 10:20 class ever again.
- Build a theme park on Mars: If we have to go there when the Earth dies, we might as well make it fun for the whole family. Roller coasters would be pretty sick in low gravity too.
- Send that car that always parks in my spot into space: No longer will I waste valuable time walking across the lot to my apartment. While we’re on the subject, let’s speed up the self-driving car thing and get all the annoying drivers off the roads.
- Create a Willy Wonka-esque Tesla factory tour: I’d love to land a Golden Ticket to have Elon Musk lead me through his wondrous world of renewable energy and science with a purple top hat on, sans Oompa Loompas of course.
- Continue to surprise us: On a serious note, Elon Musk’s humor and genius are inspiring a whole new generation to explore the scientific world. He shows us that changing the world can be fun, despite how hard it can be to create that change. Whatever comes next, we hope it will continue to amaze us and embolden a new generation of thinkers, makers and doers.
Ean Montague is a junior majoring in professional writing and minoring in film studies. Outside of his studies, he enjoys soccer, rock music, sleeping, and breakfast food. He also edits content on the website for the Impact student radio station.