Tesla plant may appear in Russia: Musk promised personally
The founder of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, spoke to students at the Moscow Forum of New Knowledge, organized by the Russian Knowledge Society. His participation in the forum was announced by the Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov, who also became one of the participants. More about what Musk said, wrote the publication Voice of America.
Elon Musk announced that his Tesla company is studying the possibility of placing another plant abroad, and is considering Russia as one of the options. Tesla now has a factory in China outside the US. One more - in Germany (planned to launch by the end of the year). After a visit to Britain, Musk began looking for a third country to locate the production site.
Among other things, Elon Musk shared his thoughts on the future of astronautics. According to him, the next logical steps after the ISS are the creation of bases on the Moon and Mars, the organization of an entire Martian city and travel beyond the solar system. Referring to his close interaction with "technology", he jokingly called himself "alien."
In addition, in his speech, the billionaire told how he sees the future in 50 years.
“We can say for sure that life in 50 years will definitely be different from what we imagine it to be. There are fundamental shifts in technology - in artificial intelligence, space travel, synthetic RNA and DNA, ”the engineer said.
The SpaceX chief called Russia a country of "great talent and energy" and expressed hope for the expansion of the Russian-American "dialogue".
Musk has repeatedly spoken positively about Russian and Ukrainian achievements in the field of astronautics, and also wrote tweets in Russian, including commenting on the popular in Russia meme "How do you like this, Elon Musk?"
Several heads of Russian regions immediately reacted to the words of the billionaire and offered to build a plant on their land. Among them were the head of Udmurtia and the governor of the Moscow region.
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The entrepreneur also touched upon the issue of “green energy”.
“I think in the future we will look at internal combustion engines the same way we look at steam engines now. It is not a fact that electric cars will be the new future. But the cars will definitely be self-driving. In my opinion, there is even nothing to discuss here, this is already happening, ”he said.
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Musk's performance at a Kremlin-sponsored forum sparked lively discussion on the Internet.
In particular, Lyubov Sobol, a colleague of Alexei Navalny, considered that the entrepreneur took part in Russian propaganda: “The New Knowledge Forum is not about the talents and creativity of Russians. This forum is an instrument of state propaganda, state propaganda, an instrument of maintaining the myth that in modern Russia, mired in corruption and lies, the development of science and technology is still possible. I am sure that no development of technology and science in conditions of total corruption and lawlessness can happen, and the forum is just a beautiful wrapper and dust in the eyes, ”she wrote on her Facebook page.
Dmitry Aleshkovsky, head of the “Need Help” charity fund, has a different opinion.
“In a situation of constant deterioration of relations, any, even a small improvement in these relations is joy and hope. And yet, it seems to me that this is a signal to the representatives of the "war party" from the representatives of the "party of peace" inside Russia. Like, hey guys, actually there is an alternative, and here it is, ”he said.
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