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The future is here, and it’s Boring

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In one of his latest ventures, aptly named The Boring Company, founder Elon Musk has released the first photograph of the tunnel being constructed under Los Angeles. The intended purpose of the company’s tunneling is to, as stated in typical Musk fashion, “solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic,” and eventually allow for the implementation of the Hyperloop. Founded in 2016, the company is still in its infancy, but Musk’s plans are no less ambitious than in his previous undertakings with Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Neuralink and his seemingly endless other investments.

    Before he can start boring holes all across the continent, Musk must overcome a series of barriers. First and foremost, the cost of constructing the tunnels themselves must be decreased by a factor of at least ten, according to The Boring Company’s website, as the expenses at current prices would be about one billion dollars per mile of tunnel. Musk appears to have a solution, however, as the site goes on to list methods by which the costs could be lowered.

    One may question the significance of this enterprise of Musk’s as it hardly seems different at first glance from traditional subway systems, but his design boasts many benefits not seen in our current transportation options. “There is no practical limit to how many layers of tunnels can be built,” The Boring Company website states, “so any level of traffic can be addressed.” The tunnels will also run electric skates that transport their passengers directly to their destinations rather than subway cars, which make many stops along the way.

    As the world gets faster and faster, we must find a way to keep up. Go to boringcompany.com to learn more about Elon Musk’s solution.

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