The future we're building -- and boring | Elon Musk

  • Published on May 3, 2017
  • Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED's Head Curator, Chris Anderson.
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  • art mantra
    art mantra 5 hours ago

    He's the same man who said "AI would be the end of humanity" and is building them😂😂

  • Carlos Guevara
    Carlos Guevara 7 hours ago

    Imagine if governments will give this guy their billions so create new systems for normal people

  • Marygrace Ranesis
    Marygrace Ranesis 10 hours ago

    Amazing human being.

  • Sailorforlife BESTTI
    Sailorforlife BESTTI 15 hours ago

    Excellent hair piece.

  • masstarvation
    masstarvation 16 hours ago

    @31:00 was cool

  • sdpy
    sdpy 18 hours ago

    New Title: "Man plans to build high capacity tunnels in earthquake prone zones"

    Yeah, G'Luck mate. You just solved overpopulation.

  • Captain A-Hole
    Captain A-Hole Day ago

    Anyone thinking about i robot when the robots attacked will Smith in the tunnel

  • Shyune Joshua
    Shyune Joshua Day ago

    People planning to go to mars.
    Have anyone ever thought like, what if we human actually came from mars after destroying it like we are doing now to earth??
    Just a stupid thought I have perhaps, but what if..

  • will mathake
    will mathake Day ago

    elon musk ;underground tunnels

    terrorists ;we hear u loud and clear

  • Carolyn Jones
    Carolyn Jones Day ago

    Lovely thoughts ,but will he part it happen ? I don't think so

  • vgaur -
    vgaur - Day ago +1

    His success with Falcon 9 is so inspiring. Despite so many failures, this man kept going and now it’s even capable of being re-used. Damn.

  • jason lickliter
    jason lickliter 2 days ago

    So how would tunnels affect the enviroment? If it caught on like everything else it would be pushed to extremes. Could it upset earthquakes or other types of environmental problems if build on a large scale?

  • Jake Parker
    Jake Parker 2 days ago

    Elon Musk, the man that saved humanity from extinction

  • Holly Daniel
    Holly Daniel 2 days ago

    I Musk have a chat with many of us have said that to ourselves?? I've many ideas just don't know how to bring it out...LOL people like him is who I want to follow and listen too and probably people like him to make this country a better place!

  • Mike O.
    Mike O. 2 days ago

    Or we can make public transportation amazing that cars wont even need to be a thing anymore.

  • w0ttheh3ll
    w0ttheh3ll 2 days ago

    even if the LA tunnel network fails, creating a better tunnel boring machine would disrupt a whole industry

  • Walking D-day
    Walking D-day 2 days ago

    Elon Musk is a scam artist. He’s launched a relandable rocket which had already been done. Hyperloop is going nowhere. This tunnel system is bullshit. Thunderfoot explains why. Whenever Tesla shares go down, he launches a new super idea which brings the shares up again.

  • A3VAN
    A3VAN 2 days ago

    Imagine Optimus Prime geting some of that Tesla Truck

  • Dr.Moose
    Dr.Moose 2 days ago

    *E L O N G A T E D M U S K E T E E R*

  • isaac schmidt
    isaac schmidt 2 days ago +2

    I'm so proud to be alive in this amazing period in time!

  • Deathrod The FIrst
    Deathrod The FIrst 3 days ago

    Elon musk will probably be king of mars. Kids in the year 2133, do not get spoiled.

  • Tom Verköuter
    Tom Verköuter 3 days ago

    Any news on Gary the snail ?

  • Keerthivas Venkatesan
    Keerthivas Venkatesan 3 days ago +2

    *builds the second largest vacuum chamber in the world*
    Elon - "its kinda a hobby thing"

  • Bails Dug
    Bails Dug 3 days ago +1

    I’d ride Elon’s rocket any day. 🥰

  • gautam khattri
    gautam khattri 4 days ago

    Why are you boring ? I MEAN SERIOUSLY how is elon boring !! he is the most fun guy in tech ind.

  • jolly fire
    jolly fire 4 days ago

    Real man for the future~

  • Jonathan Sanchez
    Jonathan Sanchez 4 days ago

    Ta ta ta today Jr.

  • Vicky Icky
    Vicky Icky 4 days ago

    People might laugh, but I believe this guy can change our future transportation! You go Elon musk! Stop smoking weed on ur live streams tho haha

  • heather dawn pipke
    heather dawn pipke 5 days ago

    Beautiful this is a simple thing for Elon he can do so much more if we let him work his wonders
    A beautiful mind.

  • Hafid zin
    Hafid zin 5 days ago

    ياو وين رانا حنا ..جاوبونا راه هرب السيد

  • Ibnu 'aqil
    Ibnu 'aqil 5 days ago

    Recommended to See Future Wives if There are 4 Conditions

  • No0ne69 _
    No0ne69 _ 5 days ago

    I could listen to musk talk for hours.

  • Avi Schiffmann
    Avi Schiffmann 5 days ago

    thank you Elon

  • RZA
    RZA 5 days ago

    What about the earthquakes that occur in LA?

  • Vin Soko
    Vin Soko 6 days ago

    He pronounces "kilometer" correctly too!!

  • Claire Were
    Claire Were 6 days ago +1

    This guy... Wow! "I just want to think about the future and not be sad." Well said.

  • Ryan Kajmowicz
    Ryan Kajmowicz 6 days ago

    elon can go to

    a very nice party

  • Christian Wanget
    Christian Wanget 7 days ago

    Who come here after see spacex's falcon launch??

  • dadt
    dadt 8 days ago

    Any other person, you know it's just b-s. Elon, you know it's happening in the near future.

  • RadenWA
    RadenWA 8 days ago

    Boring sure isn't boring.

  • SingingMyBlue
    SingingMyBlue 8 days ago

    Watching this after Falcon Heavy's launch and the landing of both boosters and main part. Some people say Elon 'over-promises' us, but I think it's us who 'underestimate' his promises. Great man.

  • Imanol Aguer
    Imanol Aguer 8 days ago

    These tunnels as they counteract earthquakes and everything they cause on earth?

  • Danzig Dill
    Danzig Dill 8 days ago

    What if a earth quake happens and la gets destroyed and ripped out lol

  • Gabriel Lopez
    Gabriel Lopez 9 days ago +2

    "it's aligned on true north. it's a small detail..." you god damn genius! so subtle but magnificent!

  • vishwanath kadalagi
    vishwanath kadalagi 9 days ago

    This man doesn't belong to our time. The world mentality is just yet too naive to understand him.

  • Braskiman
    Braskiman 9 days ago

    why are they making the batterys round, and not a square or hexagon or similar?

  • Daiana Buzeta
    Daiana Buzeta 9 days ago

    I'm crushing on him so hard, Jesus

  • Ziaw Purple Jacket
    Ziaw Purple Jacket 10 days ago

    He speaks about his ideas and concepts in a "as a matter of fact yeah" way as if these ideas are so common and easy...

    Amazing guy with a brillant mind

  • Greiguci Wootchie
    Greiguci Wootchie 10 days ago +1

    My favourite person on earth.

  • Sabian Kendo
    Sabian Kendo 10 days ago +4

    It isnt easy for Elon at all.
    He's working very hard.

  • Sabian Kendo
    Sabian Kendo 10 days ago +3

    Elon is one of the most important people alive :) :) :)
    Ive been watching him for a while now :)

  • Adjoa Linda Dabo
    Adjoa Linda Dabo 10 days ago

    That is why I don't live in LA. You spend and waste hours on the road. Boring.

  • Eagle Bird
    Eagle Bird 10 days ago

    So the future is in our hands!

  • Harvey V Voynov
    Harvey V Voynov 10 days ago

    The flying WIll be like overground

  • Harvey V Voynov
    Harvey V Voynov 10 days ago

    Only the transport in the future Will be above in the air.

  • Immy Yousafzai
    Immy Yousafzai 10 days ago

    @TED time for another round ... 2 years is a LONG time in the Elon Musk Universe.

  • hima Bindu
    hima Bindu 11 days ago

    God .. i wana be elon musk

  • HdCrisp
    HdCrisp 11 days ago

    Okay but how about earthquakes ? Lol

  • Amukelani Manganyi
    Amukelani Manganyi 11 days ago

    When his mother told him to shoot for the STARS he took it quite literally.

  • Monster102
    Monster102 11 days ago

    But can’t the top floor collapse on the under ground network

    • Media Don
      Media Don 9 days ago

      He's Elon Musk, he'll have thought about that 20 years ago

  • Classic Time
    Classic Time 11 days ago


  • Classic Time
    Classic Time 11 days ago

  • Sharan V
    Sharan V 12 days ago

    elon thinks of ideas and works on it which most people even think of in the present.

    just Imagine, a futuristic ship that brings commercial space taxis?

  • Dibbie Knight
    Dibbie Knight 12 days ago +3

    The whole time I was more concerned when this man would run out of water

  • Mcimby
    Mcimby 12 days ago

    or just fix your bus transportation

  • R J
    R J 13 days ago

    i see a fedora in the audience

  • Aurel F
    Aurel F 13 days ago +3

    we need people like elon in every major firm arownd the planet /make future brighter

  • GamReCat
    GamReCat 13 days ago

    he laughs like lex luther
    wait he's basically good lex luther wtf

  • Danny S
    Danny S 13 days ago

    who tf are these 3.3k dislikes

  • Danny S
    Danny S 13 days ago

    who tf are these 3.3k dislikes

  • Danny S
    Danny S 13 days ago


  • xian mcdohl
    xian mcdohl 13 days ago +1

    he's stuttering, just curious, why?

    • Mr Jhavery
      Mr Jhavery 13 days ago

      He tends to have that issue,a bit socially awkward,its common amongst people that a very intelligent/nerdy .
      He does speak better these days,still a bit awkward (this interview is quite old )

  • Gadgets&Co
    Gadgets&Co 13 days ago

    i hope david fincher will make his bio-movie !

  • John Mayhem
    John Mayhem 13 days ago

    Rip harambe

    RENZEENO 14 days ago +1

    He stutters so much man

  • Akash Shrestha
    Akash Shrestha 15 days ago +1


  • Okechukwu Nwoko
    Okechukwu Nwoko 15 days ago

    The interviewer is in awe.


    Those rocket images are sheer CGI's, the Earth is FLAT CONCAVE !! There is no way they can send a rocket "out" as nobody can go thru the Earth's dome !!

  • Anderson Pyaban
    Anderson Pyaban 16 days ago

    He is a genius, with a distinctive shine in aerodynamics and mechanics

  • parisaarttherapy
    parisaarttherapy 16 days ago

    It is waste of money and resources. The only thing LA needs is a normal simple train lines like any other normal cities such as Sydney. The reason for the traffic and congestion in LA is due to motor vehicles companies who sell cars and don't allow a functional public transportation. In LA a house hold of 4 have at least 4 cars parked in front of their houses. I believe if Elon wants to invest on public transportation, he can do it over night. But I guess he also has interest to sell his Tessla.

  • kelvin dominguez
    kelvin dominguez 16 days ago

    How can I help on the next step

  • sad :c
    sad :c 17 days ago

    we love him cuz we can relate 😂😂😂

  • Hughes Ethelas
    Hughes Ethelas 17 days ago

    this is the same man who likes cat girls

  • ivory ramirez
    ivory ramirez 17 days ago +2

    this perfect man isn't appreciated enough.

  • Mike Dozer
    Mike Dozer 17 days ago

    The “safety” driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber that hit and killed a pedestrian was streaming the television show The Voice on her phone at the time of the crash, police have said...........NEXT!

  • Tylar O'Brien
    Tylar O'Brien 18 days ago

    duck you chris

  • Haveaseat son
    Haveaseat son 18 days ago

    Elon Musk speaks like an autistic badger.

  • Comrade Normie
    Comrade Normie 18 days ago

    dat deer tho

  • EllisEvolvedProductions
    EllisEvolvedProductions 18 days ago +1

    We are witnessing the Right brothers all over again, except this time the creator owns ALL the planes.
    Elon Musk is going to change humanity in my lifetime. No wonder he travels with security.

  • Dahee Kang
    Dahee Kang 18 days ago

    35:00 Why do you want to live? What's the point? what's inspires you? What do you love about the future?

  • GigiGaga182
    GigiGaga182 19 days ago

    👏👏 tech review 👏👏

  • Oliver Griffin
    Oliver Griffin 19 days ago +6

    "I'm not trying to save anybody - I'm just trying to think about the future and not be sad."

  • Daisy
    Daisy 19 days ago

    Elon Musk Thanks a lot !!!

  • Brett Barnes
    Brett Barnes 19 days ago +3

    What a truly inspiring man. I think I just fell in love with his brain lol.

  • Opinions Gone Millennial

    Elon musk for president 2020

  • Vamsi Mohan Krishna Vadrevu

    That's the slowed down version... :-)

  • Eli De Lannoy
    Eli De Lannoy 20 days ago

    I don't feel its necessary for us regular people to go underground for commutes. I love the tunnel idea, but lets just use them for commercial transport. Get all the trucks and and trains and things that cause further congestion on the roads off the roads and transport those commodities autonomously underground.

  • CyberRonin
    CyberRonin 20 days ago

    Man, he looks tired.

  • Tigerex966
    Tigerex966 20 days ago

    elitist hype for profit $$
    paypal money chaners lies and hype for profit and control.

  • Lensbreak Studios
    Lensbreak Studios 20 days ago +2

    2:12 that's the kind of laugh all great people hear too often, but also it motivates to keep going ;)