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He wants to see people like Musk change the world

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk stands to gain some inheritence once Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page passes away. 

At a TED conference Wednesday, Page told Charlie Rose that he wants his money to go to people that will change the world when he dies, such as Musk. 

“You’re working because you want to change the world and make it better,” said Page. “If the company you work for is worthy of your time, why not your money as well?”

Musk isn't just the CEO of Tesla Motors. He is also the head of Solar City and SpaceX, and has ideas of taking people to Mars in the future. This idea particularly struck Page, where he said “that’s a company, and that’s philanthropical.”

Elon Musk [SOURCE: Google+]

Musk has certainly changed his respective industries. With Tesla, he introduced the all-electric and sporty Roadster as well as the all-electric Model S sedan. He has built Supercharger infrastructure to ease range anxiety, whether the driver is making a work commute or a cross-country road trip. Musk is even working on new battery technologies, opening his own battery plant somewhere in the Southwest U.S. (the exact state hasn't been chosen yet) and is fighting the traditional system of using auto dealers in favor of direct manufacturer-to-customer sales. 

Solar City has created vast solar arrays to increase the amount of renewable energy collected in the country and preserve the increasingly-taxed grid, and SpaceX scored a a $1.6 billion contract with NASA that allows SpaceX to complete 12 supply trips to the International Space Station (ISS) and back. The rockets can also be reused, landing vertically rather than crashing into the ocean. 

A Tesla spokesperson said Musk "is honored by Larry’s comments and very much admires what he has accomplished with Google." 

Source: TED Blog

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RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By Reclaimer77 on 3/21/2014 6:07:41 PM , Rating: -1
Yeah I literally threw up. Changing the world?

Bill fucking Gates is changing the world! Give the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation your money at least.

Yeah giving your money to a billionaire who sells cars is really gonna change the world...just lmao.

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By nafhan on 3/21/2014 7:07:56 PM , Rating: 3
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like improved space travel and more efficient transportation have a lot of potential to change humanity and the world...

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By Reclaimer77 on 3/21/14, Rating: -1
RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By Lord 666 on 3/21/2014 7:49:15 PM , Rating: 2
It was only until the NCC-1701-D did things getting interesting so we still have some time.

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By nafhan on 3/21/2014 10:24:04 PM , Rating: 3
What part of unmanned reusable cargo hauler sounds like the NCC-1701 to you?
Star Trek isn't real... sorry, man.

By delphinus100 on 3/23/2014 12:48:11 AM , Rating: 2

The entire National Aeronautics and Space Administration has yet to spend even one trillion USD in the totality of its existence (that is, since 1957)

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By sorry dog on 3/23/2014 12:46:13 PM , Rating: 1
Those are great things, but I sure wish we could see some billionaire donating money towards dialing back the police state government monster we've created in the last few decades?

Instead we have Gates trying to cure diseases in Africa... that's just what we need...another billion people on the globe. I guess he sees another potential billion windows users.

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By nafhan on 3/24/2014 10:18:54 AM , Rating: 2
Actually... if you read BG's stuff, he believes that improving health will humanely reduce population by encouraging people to have less children (like what's happening in Europe, Japan, etc.). In a roundabout way, that's why he got into "curing diseases" in the first place.

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By 1prophet on 3/24/2014 1:57:55 PM , Rating: 2
Japan yes, Europe no, because they still want their cheap labor by importing immigrants who believe in large families, the right to beat their wives, blasphemy laws and many other beliefs and primitive cultural attributes that most westerners have freed themselves from.

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By FaaR on 3/21/2014 7:16:17 PM , Rating: 2
If Musk had been building cars with big-block V8s I'm sure that instead of throwing up you'd be spooging your pants instead. You're just have your usual reaction to anything transport-related that doesn't have carcinogens spewing out of its tailpipe, that's all.

As for who page should donate his fortune to, well, considering he made his money himself through his own smarts and hard work rather than just inheriting it all that's really his business now isn't it. That's the american way, right? Making your own luck here in the world and all.

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By Reclaimer77 on 3/21/14, Rating: -1
RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By clarkn0va on 3/23/2014 10:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
I literally threw up

Then you are a masochist for continuing to come back to every story about this guy.

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