Jan 6, 2015

Missed Elon Musk's AMA on Reddit? We've Got You Covered.

Green Tech
3 min
CEO of pretty much everything Elon Musk dropped by Reddit for

CEO of pretty much everything Elon Musk dropped by Reddit for another AMA (Ask Me Anything) session yesterday and fielded a wide range of questions.

Some were curious about the technological singularity and Musk’s role in the rapid advancement of technology.
Musk replied, saying, “the timeframe is not immediate, but we should be concerned. There needs to be a lot more work on AI safety.”

“And, with all due respect to the Roomba dude,” he added, addressing a user concerned robot vacuums will take over the world, “that is not a concern.” He also posted this wonderful video: 

Musk was also asked about his ability to overcome adversity and be successful, despite his difficult life. He simply offered this Winston Churchill quote in response: "If you're going through hell, keep going."

One user queried Musk on his ability to learn and how he was able to do so much in so little time.

I do kinda feel like my head is full!” he wrote. “My context switching penalty is high and my process isolation is not what it used to be.”

“Frankly, though,” he continued, “I think most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying. One bit of advice: it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree -- make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.”

In terms of other advice, Musk was asked about the methods of his favorite teacher and why they were impactful.

The best teacher I ever had,” he explained, “was my elementary school principal. Our math teacher quit for some reason and he decided to sub in himself for math and accelerate the syllabus by a year. We had to work like the house was on fire for the first half of the lesson and do extra homework, but then we got to hear stories of when he was a soldier in WWII.”

“If you didn't do the work, you didn't get to hear the stories,” he added. “Everybody did the work.”

And naturally, he got asked about the Tesla Model 3 to which he was brief.

“It won’t look like other cars,” he said.

Another fun fact from the AMA? Elon Musk gets six hours of sleep on average—which is about the same as the editor writing this, meaning I must be destined for greatness.

Anyhow, here’s a readable version of the AMA for those less Reddit-inclined. Still, for all the comments and such check out the full thing (here’s that think again for those who missed it the first time). 

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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