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Hyperloop: The Promise is in the Project’s Approach

Entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk this week shocked and awed us with an innovative design for what transportation could look like in the not too distant future. He proposes a solar-powered, aluminum pod that moves with pressurized air through a tube at about 800 miles per hour. Crazy? Maybe but so have been many of the ideas proposed by the smartest people in history before their concepts became part of our everyday lives. What’s most interesting to me and what I think reinforces a common theme among entrepreneurs and inventors of our time is how Musk is approaching this project: Hyperloop is a new mode of transport that seeks to change this paradigm by being both fast and inexpensive for people and goods. Hyperloop is also unique in that it is an open design concept, similar to Linux. Feedback is desired from the community that can help advance the Hyperloop design and bring it from concept to reality. – – Hyperloop Alpha, Page 6 The approach sounds familiar. Twenty-two years ago this month Linux creator Linus Torvalds posted his…

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