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Elon Musk applies his genius to the ventilator

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  1. bitzman

    bitzman Formula 3

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    I am having trouble not thinking of Elon Musk like the wizard in Wizard of Oz where Dorothy is about to unmask him

    But just when I think he's a blowhard he does something good (like his space x landing on its tail on ship at sea.)
    I also saw this video from a few years ago shot from aTesla owner's dash on a freeway in Holland where the Tesla is following a car gong about 60 mph and even though the car ahead is not showing brakelights the Tesla unaccountably slows down and I m thinking wtf when the car ahead of the Tesla hits another car, and they both spin out. The Tesla comes to a stop, hitting no one. The significance is that the Tesla knew the accident was going to happen before it happened. So that impressed me

    Now after decrying the Corona virus in the beginning, he's done an about face and is designing a ventilator using some Model 3 parts
    https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/6/21209370/tesla-ventilator-coronavirus-covid-19-model-3-car-parts

    Any opinions on Elon Musk? Genius or blowhard?
     
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  2. BJK

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    Both. Genius's brains are wired differently. They think differently. They are different. Like Sheldon. :)
     
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  3. EastMemphis

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    Elon Musk is the real Iron Man!
     
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  4. Igor Ound

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    iron man -> iron mask?
     
  5. Booker

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    He is certainly smart, but he's not all he is cracked up to be. His wealth and his engineers carry the load. I'm sure many people would seem like a genius if they had money for their ideas. His greatest accomplishment has been paypal in my opinion, which is not rocket science, but rather great timing (and a great gamble).

    In terms of ventilators, he is only making them now because the thousands of ventilators that he bought for donations were not able to be used, as they were very simple breathing machines, not powerful enough. You would think a genius could figure that out before buying them...

    nonetheless I commend his work and his drive to be productive. I just think he is much more like Edison than Tesla
     
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  6. bitzman

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    I don't know about Tesla. He lost out to Edison and went from being a millonaire to a pauper as he frittered away money on trying to beam messages to outer space.
     
  7. JAM1

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    BLOWHARD.

    Turns out PT Musk sent out CPAP and BiPAP machines instead of ventilators. Link here. Kinda hilarious the promises and statements this guy makes in comparison to the stuff he actually delivers.
     

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