For the past decade, Elon Musk has done his part to help make the world a better place. For the South African born Musk presently living in Los Angeles, he sees how the city’s present transportation infrastructure has long polluted its skies, and how difficult it is to commute on its highways. As one of many alternatives, he created and released one of the first mainstream electric cars, the Tesla, to reduce smog emissions. In addition, he is experimenting with underground highways with the Boring Company to help make traffic flow more smoothly. As of November 2018, he has completed construction of an underground highway as an experiment.
In addition to helping Los Angeles’ traffic problems, he has contributed to many charitable causes. For the past few years, Flint, Michigan has had a water crisis, and municipal, state, and federal governments have failed in solving the crisis, let alone do anything about it. However, Musk has gone out of his way to help provide water to the citizens of Flint. With the recent wildfires in California, Musk once again offered assistance to victims by offering his Tesla vehicles for evacuation purposes, which he claims have hospital grade HEPA filters. A lot of owners have claimed that the filters did help them breathe better through the crisis.
However, his endeavors do not limit him to what he does on Earth as he is also the CEO of SpaceX, and wants to go to Mars sometime before 2025, and hopes to retire there. Just last year, he launched a Tesla into space as an experiment. As it turns out, Elon Musk happens to be an anime fan and he tweeted on October 14, 2018, “that it was time to make a mech.” Making flamethrowers is one thing, but making a mech is another animal we need to get into on whether or not we should be excited for it.
For starters, we don’t know if he’s serious considering his recent troubles with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which we will not get into, but previous Tweets have contributed to his conflicts with them. However, his making flamethrowers did start out as a joke, and he later had to re-brand them as “not a flamethrower” for all the reasons you can think of. As to why we should take it seriously (and be excited for), he has admitted to being an anime fan, and considering that the flamethrowers were allegedly inspired by the classic Mel Brooks comedy, Spaceballs, who’s to say he’s actually serious about mechs out of inspiration from anime? When you take into account that he is largely involved with space research and travel, he’s likely making the mechs for SpaceX, or the Boring Company.
We’re pretty sure he doesn’t want to make them for combative purposes, but considering how much of his companies are in the business of construction, we have to assume that the mechs will be used for such purposes. As his Boring Company gets contracts to make tunnels throughout the US, he’s likely going to need the mechs to help in the construction for safety and production purposes. As for SpaceX and Mars, we’re positive that the mechs could be used to help construct space stations and provide supplies. Or, he could use them to help make solar panels out in the deserts of Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada, where they get plenty of sun all year round.
A lot of people tend to fear that we’ll lose jobs due to machines, but considering that the machines need people to operate, make and maintain, mechs could create jobs for various communities. Ever seen how big a crew is needed for a fighter jet or a regular airline jet? If so, that’s likely going to require nearly ten times that for mechs, and that means skilled labor. If he plans to make an army of these mechs, then that creates way more jobs, which is why we should be excited in that sense.
If mechs prove to be productive for SpaceX and his other companies, we’re sure that the US Government will try to secure contracts, most notably for the Department of Defense, for their own purposes. It’s no secret that the Russians, Chinese, and the North Koreans will probably want the tech and do what they can steal it for their own purposes. If the technology falls into the wrong hands, it could start a new Cold War, or actual conflict. If Trump is still president, who knows where this can go, which is one of many reasons why not to be excited (a Metal Wolf Chaos with Donald Trump and Mike Pence at war? Let’s not go there).
As excited as we are, Elon Musk isn’t exactly the first and only person to pursue such eccentric endeavors. A few years ago, the Gundam Global Challenge was announced with the goal of making an actual operating Gundam by 2020. In 2017, we had the long awaited USA vs. Japan robot duel with the MegaBot Vs Kuratas. While it wasn’t as grand and fast paced as an episode of Gundam, it was certainly the first step into pursuing such unique advances in technology. As for Elon Musk, he’ll most certainly have his trademark unique spin to it. Will they be electric powered like his Tesla cars? Or will they be solar powered? Will they include flamethrowers? If so, we wouldn’t be surprised. Will they have HEPA filters? Because if he’s going to use them in space or in combat zones where breathing gets difficult, they will be most useful. If Musk can solve problems that local governments have failed to do for years, we’re sure that his mechs are going to be awesome and will be of benefit to the human condition. As Ray Stantz said in Ghostbusters, the private sector expects results, and that’s what Musk delivers.