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Quotations by Elon Musk
Elon MuskProcess becomes a substitute for thinking - The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You're encouraged to behave like a little gear in a complex machine. Frankly, it allows you to keep people who aren't that smart, who aren't that creative.

Really pay attention to negative feedback - Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends.  Hardly anyone does that, and it's incredibly helpful.

Bias against taking risks - There's a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.

Humanity as a space-faring civilization - There's a fundamental difference, if you look into the future, between a humanity that is a space-faring civilization, that's out there exploring the stars, compared with one where we are forever confined to Earth until some eventual extinction event.

Technology does not improve automatically - People are mistaken when they think that technology just automatically improves. It does not automatically improve. It only improves if a lot of people work very hard to make it better, and actually it will, I think, by itself degrade

A.I. strawberry picker - Let's say you create a self-improving A.I. to pick strawberries, and it gets better and better at picking strawberries and picks more and more, and it is self-improving, so all it really wants to do is pick strawberries. So then it would have all the world be strawberry fields. Strawberry fields forever.

Expand life beyond Earth - To our knowledge, life exists on only one planet, Earth. If something bad happens, it's gone. I think we should establish life on another planet -- Mars in particular -- but we're not making very good progress. SpaceX is intended to make that happen.

Motivation behind software engineering - To make an embarrassing admission, I like video games. That's what got me into software engineering when I was a kid. I wanted to make money so I could buy a better computer to play better video games. Nothing like saving the world.