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The factory is the... The factory is the machine that builds the machine.
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The first step is... The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.
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The fuel cell is... The fuel cell is just a fundamentally inferior way of delivering electrical energy to an electric motor than batteries.
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The future of humanity... The future of humanity is going to bifurcate in two directions: Either it's going to become multiplanetary, or it's going to remain confined to one planet and eventually there's going to be an extinction event.
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The goal of Tesla... The goal of Tesla is to accelerate sustainable energy, so we're going to take a step back and think about what's most likely to achieve that goal.
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The lessons of history... The lessons of history would suggest that civilisations move in cycles. You can track that back quite far - the Babylonians, the Sumerians, followed by the Egyptians, the Romans, China. We're obviously in a very upward cycle right now, and hopefully that remains the case. But it may not.
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The odds of me... The odds of me coming into the rocket business, not knowing anything about rockets, not having ever built anything, I mean, I would have to be insane if I thought the odds were in my favor.
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The pace of progress... The pace of progress on Mars depends upon the pace of progress of SpaceX.
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The path to the... The path to the CEO's office should not be through the CFO's office, and it should not be through the marketing department. It needs to be through engineering and design.
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The problem is that... The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You're encouraged to behave like a little gear in a complex machine. Frankly, it allows you to keep people who aren't that smart, who aren't that creative.
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The reality is gas... The reality is gas prices should be much more expensive then they are because we're not incorporating the true damage to the environment and the hidden costs of mining oil and transporting it to the U.S. Whenever you have an unpriced externality, you have a bit of a market failure, to the degree that eternality remains unpriced.
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The reason we should... The reason we should do a carbon tax is because it's the right thing to do. It's economics 101, elementary stuff.
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The revolutionary breakthrough will... The revolutionary breakthrough will come with rockets that are fully and rapidly reusable. We will never conquer Mars unless we do that. It'll be too expensive. The American colonies would never have been pioneered if the ships that crossed the ocean hadn't been reusable.
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The rumours of the... The rumours of the demise of the U.S. manufacturing industry are greatly exaggerated.
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The space shuttle was... The space shuttle was often used as an example of why you shouldn't even attempt to make something reusable. But one failed experiment does not invalidate the greater goal. If that was the case, we'd never have had the light bulb.
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The U.S. automotive industry... The U.S. automotive industry has been selling cars the same way for over 100 years, and there are many laws in place to govern exactly how that is to be accomplished.
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The United States is... The United States is definitely ahead in culture of innovation. If someone wants to accomplish great things, there is no better place than the U.S.
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The value of beauty... The value of beauty and inspiration is very much underrated, no question. But I want to be clear: I'm not trying to be anyone's savior. I'm just trying to think about the future and not be sad.
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There are really two... There are really two things that have to occur in order for a new technology to be affordable to the mass market. One is you need economies of scale. The other is you need to iterate on the design. You need to go through a few versions.
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There are some important... There are some important differences between me and Tony Stark, like I have five kids, so I spend more time going to Disneyland than parties.
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There have only been... There have only been about a half dozen genuinely important events in the four-billion-year saga of life on Earth: single-celled life, multicelled life, differentiation into plants and animals, movement of animals from water to land, and the advent of mammals and consciousness.
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There have to be... There have to be reasons that you get up in the morning and you want to live. Why do you want to live? What's the point? What inspires you? What do you love about the future? If the future does not include being out there among the stars and being a multi-planet species, I find that incredibly depressing.
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There’s a silly notion... There’s a silly notion that failure’s not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.
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There's a silly notion... There's a silly notion that failure's not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.
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There's a tremendous bias... There's a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.
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There's nothing - I've... There's nothing - I've bought everything I want. I don't like yachts or anything; you know, I'm not a yacht person, and I've got pretty much the nicest plane I'd want to have.
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To make an embarrassing... To make an embarrassing admission, I like video games. That's what got me into software engineering when I was a kid. I wanted to make money so I could buy a better computer to play better video games - nothing like saving the world.
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Trying to read our... Trying to read our DNA is like trying to understand software code - with only 90% of the code riddled with errors. It's very difficult in that case to understand and predict what that software code is going to do.
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We could definitely make... We could definitely make a flying car - but that's not the hard part. The hard part is, how do you make a flying car that's super safe and quiet? Because if it's a howler, you're going to make people very unhappy.
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We have a strict... We have a strict 'no-assholes policy' at SpaceX.
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We polled Tesla owners,... We polled Tesla owners, do you want autopilot disabled or not. Not one person wanted it disabled. That's pretty telling.
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We're going to make... We're going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I'm hell-bent on making it work.
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We're running the most... We're running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere... can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.
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What I'm trying to... What I'm trying to do is, is to make a significant difference in space flight. And help make space flight accessible to almost anyone.
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What makes innovative thinking... What makes innovative thinking happen?... I think it's really a mindset. You have to decide.
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What most people know... What most people know but don't realize they know is that the world is almost entirely solar-powered already. If the sun wasn't there, we'd be a frozen ice ball at three degrees Kelvin, and the sun powers the entire system of precipitation. The whole ecosystem is solar-powered.
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When Henry Ford made... When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars people said, 'Nah, what's wrong with a horse?' That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.
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When I was in... When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.
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When somebody has a... When somebody has a breakthrough innovation, it is rarely one little thing. Very rarely, is it one little thing. It's usually a whole bunch of things that collectively amount to a huge innovation.
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When something is important... When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
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Winning 'Motor Trend' Car... Winning 'Motor Trend' Car of the year is probably the closest thing to winning the Oscar or Emmy of the car industry.
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With DNA, you have... With DNA, you have to be able to tell which genes are turned on or off. Current DNA sequencing cannot do that. The next generation of DNA sequencing needs to be able to do this. If somebody invents this, then we can start to very precisely identify cures for diseases.
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Work like hell. I... Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. [This] improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40 hour workweeks and you're putting in 100 hour workweeks, then even if you're doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.
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Yeah, well I think... Yeah, well I think anyone who likes fast cars will love the Tesla. And it has fantastic handling by the way. I mean this car will crush a Porsche on the track, just crush it. So if you like fast cars, you'll love this car. And then oh, by the way, it happens to be electric and it's twice the efficiency of a Prius.
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You could warm Mars... You could warm Mars up, over time, with greenhouse gases.
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You have to say,... You have to say, 'Well, why did it succeed where others did not?'
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You need to be... You need to be in the position where it is the cost of the fuel that actually matters and not the cost of building the rocket in the first place.
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You need to live... You need to live in a dome initially, but over time you could terraform Mars to look like Earth and eventually walk around outside without anything on... So it's a fixer-upper of a planet.
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You shouldn't do things... You shouldn't do things differently just because they're different. They need to be... better.
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