Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Elon Musk’

I’m a convert.

I know that reading is a most powerful tool and is the cornerstone of all education.

So, it comes as no surprise to me when I read that Elon Musk, one of the most innovative and visionary minds of our time, credits his success to just eight books he has read.

8-books

A most inspirational characteristic of Elon Musk is the fact that he is a ‘risk taker’.

Not once, but many times, throughout his life, Musk has taken incredible  gambles, many of which saw him lose position, status and wealth.

Determined to follow through on his ideas, Elon Musk is having an incredible, positive impact on our world and is, without doubt, a most powerful role model for students in our schools.

Infographic Source: fundersandfounders.com

Infographic Source: fundersandfounders.com

 

 

Read Full Post »

If you’ve been inspired by the development of electric cars or have been following the imminent release of TELSA’s home batter or are mesmerized by SpaceX and its inherent race to space, you’ll know that they all have one thing in common:

Elon Musk

What many may not know however, is that the short story of this genius’ life – short because he is so very young – is one of a determined young man who started with nothing but has taken amazing risks to develop and back ideas that others before him either didn’t dream about or were too skeptical to believe could eventuate.  Elon Musk has been the brains behind many developments.  Some have hit the headlines while others have faded into the background.  Some have been successful while others have been less successful.  Many of his ideas are powering new directions in research and will, quite literally, transform our world.  Their impact will be great.

  • TELSA electric cars are forging a new path in the design and development of the car industry
  • TELSA’s Powerwall is a rechargeable battery which will transform how homes and businesses access power
  • SpaceX not only aims to revolutionize space technology but aims to enable people to live on other planets

Just recently I saw this short video of Elon Musk who was enjoying the spoils derived from the sale of his company.   Just three years earlier, he says he was showering in the YMCA.  There’s not a trace of flamboyance about him as he talks about his success, his work and his determination.  While enjoying his newly purchased toy, he is clearly mindful of how his wealth can be reinvested to grow more ideas. Filmed in 1999, when Musk was so very young, it’s fascinating to absorb some of the comments made.

I couldn’t help stopping to think just what our young can achieve if

  1. they are game enough to take a risk and toy with new ideas and
  2. schools and work places actively encourage a mentality of risk taking

Be inspired:

Being able to take big dreams and make them realities is not something many of us can do.  Just listen to how this man can take on our world and not just dream about transforming it, but do it!

Intrigued by this man?  Read Ashlee Vance’s recently published book: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Read Full Post »

It’s the end of the school year at this end of the world, so it’s kind of natural for me to be reflecting on times been and times to come.

Watching this recently released video of Steve Wozniak talking about his role in the revolutionary change brought about by the development of the Apple computer is both beautifully filmed and fascinatingly informative.

Who could have dreamt of the developments that followed that momentous design?  The pace of change is indeed very fast.  How many of us could have predicted that today we would be debating the merits or otherwise of computers being able to think and act on their own?

When I read a report last week in which the pre-eminent scientist Steven Hawking warned that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could spell the end of the human race, I found myself sitting up and listening.  The article from BBC News: Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind is well worth a read.  If you know little about AI, this report includes a brief, easy to understand, introduction to AI by Prof Murray Shanahan.

Stephen Hawking is not alone in voicing his concerns about AI.  Elon Musk, chief executive of rocket-maker Space X, also fears that AI is our biggest existential threat.

The question of whether or not we should be worried about the development of Artificial Intelligence is heavily debated, but this recent CNN broadcast (December 2, 2014) in which James Barrat, author of “Our Final Invention”  discusses the issue, left me somewhat disconcerted.

AI - James Barrat on CNN

Contemporary discourse, which recognizes the incredible speed of technological changes, indicates that it’s not possible for educators to plan detailed educational programs beyond five years.  With an eye on where we are headed in the future, discussion, debate, exploration and questioning are behind most everything we put in place in our schools.

Over the last 12 months, I’ve learned and explored much.  Lots of opportunities, for which I am very grateful, have been thrown my way allowing me to grow, learn and explore more than I ever thought I could.  While I look forward to the end of year break over summer, I know that in between reading and relaxing, I will also explore interests which I regularly add to my never ending ‘to do’ list.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts in future posts after the break.

 

Read Full Post »