Musk and Caliphate cap­i­tal

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

One fine day we will get up in the morn­ing and dis­cover that the price of a liter of oil is equal to ten liters of wa­ter. This will be a bless­ing in dis­guise for ma­jor­ity of the oil im­port­ing coun­tries but a curse to the back­ward coun­tries which solely de­pend on oil as the only source of in­come. For them it will be a ques­tion of sur­vival.

In spite of all this, these back­ward coun­tries are still mov­ing on the same track. These coun­tries are pre­oc­cu­pied with ever in­creas­ing the salaries of their em­ploy­ees, send­ing peo­ple into early re­tire­ment and in­sist­ing on the es­tab­lish­ment of un­nec­es­sary com­mit­tees and un­til now have been un­able to curb ex­pen­di­ture.

A few days ago, I wrote about the Tesla Elec­tric Com­pany which is a con­cern to oil pro­duc­ing na­tions. The pro­duc­tion of this car should have ‘opened’ the eyes of both the mem­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly and the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters.

But un­for­tu­nately, my ar­ti­cle fell on deaf ears and in­stead they boasted of own­ing the ve­hi­cles pro­duced by this com­pany and boasted in front of the Na­tional Assem­bly build­ing.

The world’s de­pen­dence on fos­sil fuel is on con­stant de­cline, es­pe­cially in the de­vel­oped na­tions; the most fuel con­sum­ing na­tions which have turned to re­new­able and clean sources of en­ergy.

The day I wrote about Tesla cars I was flooded with mes­sages of dis­re­gard. Some even cited the lack of se­ri­ous­ness of the com­pany af­ter Toy­ota sold its share, but the day the price of the com­pany’s share rose from $339 to $375, it in­di­cated the in­vestors’ con­fi­dence in the com­pany and our ‘in­dif­fer­ence’ to what awaits us.

Elon Musk, who be­came the CEO of Tesla at a later stage and con­trib­uted


to the de­vel­op­ment of its elec­tric cars, the so­lar pan­els and high­en­ergy lithium ion bat­ter­ies in en­ergy stor­age, is one of the ge­niuses in the West to­day and con­sti­tutes a great risk to back­ward coun­tries de­spite their funds and sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties, which far ex­ceed the re­serves of many coun­tries.

Musk was born in 1971 in South Africa, mi­grated to Canada at the age of 17, ob­tained the Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship and grad­u­ated from one of the best uni­ver­si­ties.

In 1995 Musk moved to Cal­i­for­nia to get a PhD in ap­plied physics and ma­te­ri­als sci­ence at the Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity. He aban­doned this pro­gram af­ter two years to pur­sue his as­pi­ra­tions in the ar­eas of the In­ter­net and re­new­able en­ergy.

In 2001, Musk be­came an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen and founded the SpaceX and earned bil­lions of dol­lars in con­tracts from NASA. In 2012, his com­pany suc­cess­fully en­tered the his­tory books by help­ing send a mis­sile to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, dock­ing with it, re­turn­ing to Earth and be­com­ing the world’s largest and best pri­vate sec­tor pro­ducer of rocket en­gines.

This ge­nius be­lieves that hu­man de­vel­op­ment and life on earth took bil­lions of years, but the events of the past 60 years made him feel that we will end life on our blue planet soon, and it is there­fore nec­es­sary to find another shel­ter for hu­man be­ings.

Musk was in­flu­enced by the sci­ence fic­tion writer Isaac Asi­mov, who be­lieved that the dis­cov­ery of outer space is nec­es­sary for the preser­va­tion of species and hu­man con­science and his fic­tional nov­els prompted Musk to keep think­ing and work­ing on other plan­ets, fear­ing the dan­gers on earth.

The for­tune of Musk is es­ti­mated at more than $15 bil­lion. He dreams of chang­ing the world around him and will cer­tainly do so, know­ing that he does not know where Kabul is or what is the cap­i­tal of Abu Bakr Al-Bagh­dadi.


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