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The Lesson of Elon Musk’s Thai Cave Rescue Fiasco

I held back on criticizing Elon Musk about his Thai cave rescue grandstanding because he claimed he was encouraged to help by the rescuers, even though his solution came after divers were already pulling the boys out of the cave, and I figured, who knows? Maybe it was true. Maybe he really was trying to […]

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Escape from Utopia

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. “We’ve Always Known They Were Lying” So it turns out that Iran was lying the whole time when it made a deal with the Obama administration about its nuclear weapons program. I […]

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Green Tulip Mania

Elon Musk may finally be running out of other people’s money. That’s the upshot of a report on how Tesla is burning so much cash it may run out by the end of the year. This is a company that has raised more than $5 billion from its investors so far, and it is still […]

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Just “Imagine,” or Trust But Verify?

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. Just “Imagine”–or Trust But Verify? So is this peace overture from North Korea for real? Well, maybe. But probably not. North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un has visited South Korea–in itself a first–and […]

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I Want to Be a Non-Conformist Just Like Everyone Else

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. Marco Rubio Swims with the Current Marco Rubio really, really wants to be president. How much does he want it? Enough to swim with the current. In the 2016 primaries, Rubio represented […]

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Seven Solutions Flying Cars Need (and One They Don’t)

Everyone’s very excited right now about “flying cars” because—hey, who wouldn’t be? It’s right up there at the top of the science fiction wish list, along with the robot servant who cleans your house for you. And now we’re being told pretty frequently that the flying car is on its way. But we’re not getting […]

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What Is Subsidized and What Is Not Subsidized

New York Times technology columnist Farhad Manjoo recently touted electric cars—Tesla, actually—as a case where government regulations can have an economically beneficial effect by promoting innovation. “Researchers who study regulation and its effects on business said there have been numerous instances in which regulation speeds along, rather than impedes, technological progress.” After all, we wouldn’t […]

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Don’t Count Out the Internal Combustion Engine

Is the electric car the inevitable wave of the future? Is the internal combustion engine finished, through, a relic of the 20th century—as many are now saying? I have argued before that electric cars are overhyped. I calculated that the Tesla, for example, is still a really bad deal when you compare its substantial extra […]

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The Era of “Green Energy” Hype

Two of Elon Musk’s companies, SolarCity and Tesla, have made an initial agreement to merge. The logic of the conglomeration seems to be entirely based on the idea of combining SolarCity’s rooftop solar panels with Tesla’s Powerwall battery storage. “SolarCity is going all in on a strategy that some analysts say is ahead of its […]

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The Autopilot Fiasco Could Crash Tesla’s Master Plan

Elon Musk just unveiled part two of his “master plan” for Tesla, but somehow instead of seeming ambitious and visionary, it seems a bit delusional. The most immediate and practical parts of the new plan consist of doing what others are also doing, like working on electric buses. But Musk also doubles down on his […]

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