Elon Musk, Nicola Tesla and the Oatmeal

ElonTesla

Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has open-sourced all of Tesla Motor’s patents. This means a lot to other manufacturers who want to get in on electric vehicle development. And the less we rely on limited fossil-fuel transit, the better for everybody and everything. Compare this to other technology leaders of today such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung who sue each other for millions or even billions of dollars, and spend millions to purchase smaller companies over patent infringement.

What many people who do not know, if they don’t know who he is, is that Nicola Tesla, Mr Musk’s inspiration and namesake of the company (and also of a 1980’s hair band), also let his patents be used freely. Although he was also taken advantage of, he let others use many of his ideas for the common good.

The 21st century may belong to Nicola Tesla. Read about The Oatmeal‘s campaign to buy Tesla’s Wardenclyffe property and appeal to Elon Musk to fund museum construction. Read the Oatmeal’s comic on Nicola Tesla here.

Let’s only hope nobody finds his Death Ray research…

The ehMTee Show

Another show we had the pleasure of recording and mixing, the ehMTee Show is a homegrown, cross-platform, webcast variety program of songs and light comedy. Guests included the composer Mantler, Gemini award-winning comic writer Paul Bellini, and Canadian comedy legend, Scott Thompson. The soundtrack album is available NOW on iTunes, and the DVD is forthcoming…

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-ehmtee-show/id695329284

Audio and Composition Services

Does your media project need audio recording, audio post or music? Listen to some examples of music we’ve composed for webcasts and other media on Mikhial Gurarie’s SoundCloud page!

 

Getting There is Challenge Enough

This article, first in a series from Mental_Floss, examines the realistic challenges of getting people to, and settling on Mars from an engineer’s perspective.

Extreme Engineering: The Challenges of Building a Colony on Mars

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Eternal Sunshine of The Matrix, and Brain Pacemakers

This incredible hour-long Google Hangout with Dr Michio Kaku covers topics from his latest book, such as future real-world precision brain surgeries that can manipulate mental illnesses and memories. Don’t worry, he also covers string theory and more.

Leave The World Better Than We Found It

It’s 2014 and against all odds, in a true underdog story, Apple, Inc. has celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Mac and is the biggest company in the world by a couple of metrics.

Apple had their annual shareholder meeting, and here‘s what AppleInsider had to say about the company’s reporting on social obligations:

Apple’s aim in environmental issues is to “leave the world better than we found it,” [CEO Tim] Cook said, detailing plans to achieve 100 percent renewable power across the company, including the construction of the largest solar installation built and owned by a private, non utility company.

Cook said Apple’s environmental efforts also made economic sense, but when challenged by conservative shareholder activism group to pledge that Apple wouldn’t do anything related to the environment that didn’t follow a clear profit motive, Cook bristled with a reply that “we do a lot of things for reasons besides profit motive,” and recommended that anyone who had a problem with that “should get out of the stock.”

The rest of the top companies in the world could learn a lot from these simple principles.

Leave The World Better Than We Found It

Out of This World Relationships

Here‘s an interesting TED talk by Christopher Ryan, co-author of Sex at Dawn, on the evolution and Victorian fallacies of human sexuality.

As we colonize other bodies in the solar system, how will we keep healthy physical and emotional relationships? Can we continue to impose our modern, biased and incorrect preconceptions to what companionship should be, when there isn’t the same abundance of options as are available to someone living on Earth?