For Nikola Tesla’s 158th birthday, Elon Musk donates $1 million to The Oatmeal’s Tesla Museum
Not only that, but according to the Oatmeal, Tesla Motors will build a Supercharger station in the parking lot of the museum. How fitting! No doubt many Tesla electric car owners will want to do a pilgrimage there, so why not charge up while at it?
So, I had a call with Elon Musk earlier this week … The Oatmeal
As some of you may know, I recently published a cartoonist’s review of my Tesla Model S. In the second half of the review, I asked Elon Musk to donate toward the completion of a Nikola Tesla Museum, a project I’ve been working on since 2012.
Within a few hours of posting my review, Elon Musk tweeted that he’d be happy to help. Earlier this week I got to speak to the man directly, and he promised two things.
1. He’s going to build a Tesla Supercharger station in the parking lot of the museum.
2. He’s donating $1 million dollars to the museum itself.
Elon Musk: from the deepest wells of my geeky little heart: thank you. This is amazing news. And it’s Nikola Tesla’s 158th birthday.
Happy Nikola Tesla Day.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELON MUSK OUR HERO. THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING US THROUGH YOUR WORK.
Elon Musk at the display of Dragon V2 in Washington DC.
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.
When I started out with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to obtain them. And maybe they were good long ago, but too often these days they serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors. After Zip2, when I realized that receiving a patent really just meant that you bought a lottery ticket to a lawsuit, I avoided them whenever possible.
We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.
Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.
My favorite Quote of Carl Sagan