— Elon Musk
“ You want to have a future where you’re expecting things to be better, not one where you’re expecting things to be worse. ”
“ We’re proud of our past, but the best way to honor that past is to make the most of the present and prepare for a better future. ”
But no matter how effortless it is crossing into the New Year, it’s easy to feel as though the transition is never quite complete. Instead of feeling that time is recommencing, refreshed, it feels as if we have somehow elongated time, stretched it out from some point in the past. Who in, say, 1980 could imagine entering 2013? From that long ago vantage, this year seemed like a science-fictional year, a date meant to sound far-off, alien, yet not so remote that it is completely unfamiliar.
That is the puzzle of beginning the new year. It is always someone’s inconceivable year, unimaginably distant, yet here it is, waiting for what we make of it.”
(Source: The New York Times)
“ We can’t take our future for granted. We cannot take it for granted. ”
“ He talked about the future, perhaps his favorite subject, describing how it both attracted and repelled him, leaving him filled with apprehension and hope. ”
(Source: The New York Times)
“ I don’t think it’s important to reelect the President; I think it is essential to reelect the President if we want this country to have the kind of future that our children and grandchildren deserve. ”
We think that when someone dear to us dies, we think that when we lose an election, we think that when we suffer a defeat that all is ended. We think, as T.R. said, that the light had left his life forever.
Not true. It is only a beginning, always. The young must know it; the old must know it. It must always sustain us, because the greatness comes not when things go always good for you, but the greatness comes and you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes, because only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.”
“ The financial backers of these [commercial spaceflight] companies — Elon Musk of SpaceX or Blue Origin’s (and Amazon’s) Jeff Bezos — have invested hundreds of millions of dollars of their own fortunes. They doubtless would like their space adventures to turn a profit, but at heart they are modern-day pioneers who want to do something profoundly important for the future of humankind. ”
In Silicon Valley, investing in social-media companies is already passé. Last year, as private investors were bidding up Facebook’s valuation to $100 billion, the veteran Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee said “the next 500 social-media companies will lose money.” He’s broadly right. The time to make big returns in Facebook and in social media has passed.
There’s a growing interest among bright minds to apply “exponential technologies” (the phrase used by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis, founders of Singularity University) to solve problems much larger than whom to friend on Facebook. Transportation is one of those big deals. Would you rather own a car, an iPad or a Facebook membership? Thought so.”
(Source: The Wall Street Journal)
“ There is no good reason why we should fear the future, but there is every reason why we should face it seriously. ”