Some say that he is an alien. Others say that he is an artificial intelligence robot. But when it comes down to it, Elon Musk is a scientist, one who is conquering the business world. Elon Musk has become a futuristic industrialist, a person who took his coding skills to start building machines. Most people don’t realize that Elon Musk is a scientist.
Even his own friends ask him who is the chief engineer for SpaceX, not realizing it is Elon himself. This video takes a look at how Elon Musk sees the world through a scientific mind and how his scientific way of life fuels his businesses. We take a look at the two techniques that Elon Musk uses to teach himself about new subjects and industries, from picking up books such as a Soviet rocket manual that taught him about Rockets when he was starting SpaceX to surrounding himself with experts and people working in the field that can teach him about the subjects he wants to get into.
This is the reason why he moved from Silicon Valley to La so he could get close to people working in the space industry. Elon Musk is a scientist and physicist on the inside and an engineer on the outside.
So we will also take a brief look at the thinking process behind physics and the techniques that anyone can use to view the world. Elon Musk says that he approaches things with a physics framework, even when it comes to understanding the future, saying that if you want to understand or predict the future, then look to physics.
When Elon Musk was a kid, he was scared of the dark. But then he understood that dark just means an absence of photons in the visible wavelength and that it is silly to be afraid of a lack of photons. That is how he viewed and explained darkness to himself when he was just a kid. And Elon Musk does this with maybe everything that he thinks about breaking everything down, even down to the fundamental laws of physics. Here are some other examples of the different ways Elon Musk views the world through the mind of a physicist and scientist.
When describing schools and education, he says that learning is the downloading of data and algorithms into our brains and that schools are doing a bad job of it. So he started his own school on the Joe Rogan podcast. When talking about the birth of his son, Elon Musk compares the baby to the work he has been doing on artificial intelligence and neural nets, saying that an AI neural net is trying to copy what a human brain is doing and you can see it learning quickly, just like a baby.
When it comes to happiness, the equation is reality is expectations. In describing our way of thinking and using devices, Elon Musk compares us to an operating system with bandwidth, saying that while computers can talk to each other at a trillion bits per second, we use our thumbs to interact with our phones at ten to 100 bits.
That is why he started Neuralink to connect our brains to computers. It might be the reason why Elon Musk likes memes so much since a lot of information gets passed along in just one image. He even tweeted saying, who controls the memes? Controls the universe. Elon Musk says that the best piece of advice is to keep thinking about how you could be doing things better and keep questioning yourself.
And he uses the engineering term of creating a feedback loop where you take what you have done and adjust how you could be doing it better, as people will tell you what you want to hear, not what is best.
There are two techniques that Elon Musk uses to teach himself new subjects. One is through simply picking up books, and the other is surrounding himself with smart people. Let’s first quickly take a look at how he has used books to form the wisdom and fuel for the businesses he is built. When he was a kid, Elon Musk would read up to 10 hours a day saying he was raised by books. He even read two sets of encyclopedias, which gave a good view of how different things could be connected.
Elon Musk’s formal education includes a degree in physics and one in economics. There was also the Ph.D. in Material Sciences and physics that he dropped out from. Yet his first startups out of College were all based on his coding and programming. During the early days of the Internet, Elon saw a computer for the first time when he was ten years old. The first computer he got came with workbook lessons on programming in a language called Basic, which would take six months to finish.
Elon Musk stayed up for three days straight and finished the whole six-month course. When it came time to bring banking online, which Elon was working on when starting X Com, which would later become PayPal, Elon did not have much experience in banking, so Elon bought a book on the banking industry to understand how it worked. When it came to starting SpaceX, Elon would study a Soviet rocket manual, and from friends, he would borrow books such as Rocket Propulsion Elements and The Fundamentals of astrodynamics.
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