Dave Morin, the creator of Path (billed as a “private” alternative to Facebook) isn’t the most likable figure in the tech industry and I’m starting to understand why. People who claim that tragic accidents or natural disasters are “signs from god” are intolerable.
Apparently Morin thinks that the 79 people who were killed in the train crash were just collateral damage in a message from God. It’s sad to think that an all powerful being who can create an entire Universe can’t seem to deliver a message without killing dozens of innocent people every time.
And what should it be replaced by? According to Morin the Hyperloop is the answer. If you’ve never heard of the Hyperloop or aren’t sure how it works don’t feel bad, no one does. Outside of Elon Musk that is.
Some of the world’s brightest minds have speculated that a vacuum tube is the only way to do it — but before that idea could even get off the ground, Musk said that the Hyperloop is not based on an evacuated tunnel. With that possibility ruled out, there aren’t actually that many ways of safely and economically propelling carriages at 700 mph (1126 kph). Furthermore, when you factor in Musk’s comments that the Hyperloop “can never crash,” has no need for rails, and is “immune to weather,” the architecture of the system becomes a real head-scratcher. Oh, did I mention that Musk envisions the entire system being self-powered by solar panels, and that it somehow stores energy inside the system itself, without the need for batteries?
Maybe if Morin’s comments get enough negative press he’ll take that as a sign from God to shut the hell up.