Ideas similar to Musk’s that never made the cutting room floor

Elon Musk is the genius mind of the current tech-driven era. He stood behind a lot of innovations and cutting-edge concepts, set to radically change people’s life in the future. His widely discussed ideas find their application in the modern world, being intensively powered by advanced technology and top-quality resource.

Prior to Musk’s flawless developments, there were similar concepts in the last decades that were also brilliant, but failed to get into practice due to money shortage and reduced expertise. Here are some resounding global projects that never managed to make the cut:

1. Space tourism. In 2017, Musk announced about the preparation of a space tourism mission, with two pilots flying around the moon. With a payment of $100 million, the travelers would get access to professional training, health check-ups and a lightning-fast space ship that would drive them around the solar system. It may seem exaggerated, knowing that $40 000 was the price that the first space tourist was charged, in 1984.

Charles D. Walker was the first individual to take a space flight, together with his employer, who was a NASA engineer. Later there were projects, featuring passenger capsules for 32 and 74 seats that implied a tax of up to $1.5 million from each tourist. However, the breakthrough never stood to happen, due to government’s refusal to provide funds, and the Challenger disaster from 1986, that ruined space industry’s reputation and potential.

2. Link brain to computer.Elon Mask set up a company that specializes on producing brain-machine interfaces with an ultra high speed of data transfer. It helps connect human with computer via a technology of ingraining electrodes in the brain.

Thus, people would be able to transfer their thoughts on the artificial memory of a computer and download them when needed. This is not, yet, the first try to build such a connection. The term of brain-computer interface was coined in 1960’s, and implied many experiments, that ended-up bad due to rudimentary equipment and limited knowledge.

In 1973, professor Jacques Vidal carried out an experiment, where electroencephalogram signals were used to move objects on a computer screen. The innovation triggered no interest and investment, which sent Vidal into oblivion.

3. Space colonization.Elon Musk is the mastermind behind a mission, planned for 2022, of Mars colonization. First it is going to be an unmanned landing, which will test the interplanetary transportation system. The inventor plans to build huge reusable spaceships for trips back and forth to Mars, to carry humans and equipment. Also, the project implies the building of research bases, settlements and resource extraction plants on the red planet’s surface.

The intentions to colonize a planetary body, existed since the beginning of space era. Another space body, with similar terrestrial properties, that was the subject of colonization, is Moon. In 1954, the science-fiction writer Arthur Clarke, came with an idea of building a lunar base, with igloo-shaped modules and a radio transmitter. The plan implied the further development of the base, through new settlements, an air purifying plant and a nuclear reactor. The brilliant idea, that took roots in the contemporary era, remained only on a Clarke’s book page, without being taken into consideration.