The Science Fiction that Inspired Elon Musk

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Elon Musk science fiction

Much of the reality today was somewhat inspired by science fiction. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that a technological visionary like Elon Musk would be influenced by the genre.

When the CEO of Tesla Motors announced the new model S upgrade, a lot of people were surprised by its accelerated speed. But a good number of them were enthusiastic because of the cultural reference.

In real life, “ludicrous” could now be attributed to the new model S upgrade that would allow a 60 mph acceleration in just 2.8 seconds. In films, however, “ludicrous” refers to a kind of speed in Spaceballs, a cult classic that parodied popular sci-fi films like Star Trek and Alien.

In Spaceballs, speed is categorized in three successive accelerations: light speed, ridiculous speed, and finally “ludicrous” speed.

Here’s a clip from the film wherein Spaceball One travels at “ludicrous” speed.

This 2015, Musk named two spaceport droneships after ships from Ian M. Banks’ Culture novels namely “Just Read the Instructions” and “Of Course I Still Love You.”

Spaceport droneships would serve as landing bases of booster rockets once they have launched a spacecraft into orbit.

The Culture series revolves around a Utopian society of humanoids, aliens, and advanced AIs with conflicting ideologies and ways to actualize them.


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