What is he planning now? Elon Musk says he’s building a ‘cyborg dragon’ in latest bizarre tweet
- Elon Musk casually tweeted on Wednesday that he’s building a ‘cyborg dragon’
- It’s unclear what the tech mogul has planned for the seemingly fictional device
- Musk has been known to turn crazy ideas into a reality, announcing on Twitter that he’d launch his cherry red Tesla Roadster into space — which he later did
Elon Musk has launched his own hats, flamethrowers and, perhaps, even an ‘intergalactic media empire,’ from his Twitter account.
So why not a ‘cyborg dragon’?
That’s the billionaire tech mogul’s latest endeavor, according to a tweet published on Wednesday.
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Billionaire mogul Elon Musk (pictured) casually tweeted on Wednesday that he’s building a ‘cyborg dragon’. It’s unclear what the project entails but it’s whipped Twitter users into a frenzy
‘Oh [by the way] I’m building a cyborg dragon,’ the SpaceX chief casually tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.
It’s unclear what exactly Musk has in store, but plenty of users replied with images of dragons from Game of Thrones and Power Rangers in an attempt to pin down his plans.
Others quipped that Musk should focus on producing more Model 3s, as many consumers are still waiting to get ahold of one after reserving a sedan several months ago.
It’s unclear what exactly Musk has in store, but plenty of users replied with images of dragons from Game of Thrones and Power Rangers in an attempt to pin down Musk’s plans
‘Pretty irresponsible use of time, considering the financial trouble Tesla seems to be in…,’ tweeted one user.
‘Are people not waiting for their Model 3s to be delivered?’
That’s after Musk hinted at the cyborg dragon hours earlier in a tweet to rapper Post Malone and musician Grimes.
Musk even joked with a user that cyborg dragons are an ‘underserved market’.
The Tesla boss has been known to turn many seemingly fictional ideas into reality in the past.
Just last week, Musk said SpaceX will try to use a ‘giant party balloon’ and a bouncy house to retrieve the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket.
The upper stage is a crucial component of the rocket that carries a payload into orbit.
In a separate tweetstorm earlier this year, Musk said ‘Thud!’ is the name of his new ‘intergalactic media empire’.
The Daily Beast also reported that Musk had poached several writers and editors from satirical news publication The Onion to work on a secret project he’s funding.
‘It’s pretty obvious that comedy is the next frontier after electric vehicles, space exploration, and brain-computer interfaces,’ Musk said.
In January, the tech mogul tweeted that he would create the ‘safest flamethrower ever’ after selling 50,000 Boring Company hats.
Musk long claimed he’d send his own cherry red Tesla Roadster to Mars on board the Falcon Heavy. Many believed the claim to be a joke, until his car was the payload aboard the rocket
Musk has been known to tweet things out at random that eventually turn into real ventures, like the Boring Company flamethrower. The Boring Company has sold 20,000 flamethrowers and raised $10 million in the process
Most people seemed to assume that he was joking.
‘I know it’s a little off-brand, but kids love it,’ Musk continued in a tweet.
Within hours of the flamethrower becoming available, orders flooded in by the thousands.
In total, Musk’s tunneling company has sold 20,000 flamethrowers and raised $10 million in the process.
Additionally, Musk long claimed he’d send his own cherry red Tesla Roadster to Mars on board the Falcon Heavy.
Again, many believed the claim to be a joke, until he launched the world’s most powerful rocket into orbit last month.
To the surprise of many, Musk’s Roadster was the Falcon Heavy’s payload, along with a dummy passenger named Starman.
WHAT IS ELON MUSK’S ‘BORING’ PLAN?
When Elon Musk first announced his plans to bore a tunnel to his SpaceX offices in Los Angeles, it was hard to know if he was simply venting his frustrations about being stuck in traffic.
‘Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…’, he tweeted in December of 2016.
He ended his rant on the social media site with: ‘I am actually going to do this’.
The billionaire’s tunnel-digging firm ‘The Boring Company’ has presented its plans to build a 6.5-mile (10.5 km) shaft under Culver City, California, at a council meeting. Pictured is an image shared by Musk in October of the firm’s test tunnel in Los Angeles
The billionaire first tweeted a picture of his firm’s boring machine back in February 2017 with the caption ‘Minecraft’ – a reference to the popular video game in which players dig large tunnel networks for resources.
On Monday, January 22, 2018, the Boring Company presented plans to build the 6.5-mile (10.5 km) shaft under Culver City, California, at a council meeting.
According to the plans, the privately-funded tunnel would carry cars on ‘electric skates’ at 150 miles per hour (240 kph) to help with LA’s ‘soul-destroying’ congestion.
The proposed route goes through West Los Angeles passing underneath Sepulveda Boulevard through Culver City.
The tunnel could also make Hyperloop adoption viable.
Hyperloop is a proposed method of travel that would transport people at over 600 miles per hour (965.6 kilometers per hour) between distant locations.
Musk’s proposed first tunnel will run from LAX to Culver City, then to Santa Monica, and end in Westwood. Musk claims the tunnel trip will take five minutes, compared to 45 minutes driving in normal LA traffic
It was unveiled by Elon Musk in 2013, who at the time said it could take passengers the 380 miles (610km) from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes – half the time it takes a plane.
It is essentially a long tube that has had the air removed to create a vacuum.
The tube is suspended off the ground to protect against weather and earthquakes.
In August of 2017, Elon Musk took to social media to share progress on his traffic-beating tunnel beneath Los Angeles, revealing it was big enough to fit a Tesla Model S
Here’s where the Boring Company’s current projects stand:
- Hawthorne: A test tunnel has been permitted and is under construction.
- Los Angeles: An excavation permit application has been submitted to the City of Los Angeles. The project would be a 6.5 mile (10.5 km) proof-of-process tunnel which would run within the City of Los Angeles and Culver City.
- East Coast: The Boring Company says its working with federal and state officials on a DC-to-Baltimore route which would then be extended to New York. The State of Maryland has granted permission for 10.1 miles of tunnel beneath the state-owned part of the Baltimore-Washington. The company has released details of twin tunnels for 35 miles from downtown DC to downtown Baltimore, beneath New York Avenue and then the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. In the future this could be extended to New York.
- Chicago: The company says it’s responding to the RFQ released by the City of Chicago to compete to fund, build and operate a high-speed Loop connecting Chicago O’Hare Aiport to downtown.
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