I read the news today, oh boy. Elon Musk introduced a way to get from NYC to China in under 39 minutes. For those of you who have been keeping an eye out on the news, you would have seen that Elon Musk, CEO and Founder of Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and more, today will be presenting his views on long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars.
Yup. He is planning on making life multiplanetary.
And in the midst of naysayers and eye-rollers, Elon Musk is doing what very few have ever had the chance, or the chutzpah, to do – he’s breaking the mould through invention, big ideas and innovation.
But what would life be like if we didn’t have innovators like Elon Musk?
We wouldn’t have crash test dummies that allowed us to have visibility on the life and injury risks associated with vehicle collisions, and subsequently, we wouldn’t have the airbags to protect us either, if it wasn’t for Lawrence Patrick who, in the 1940s, made it his mission to make automotive travel more secure, and safer – taking it upon himself to test his own theories and inventions.
After having his knee repeatedly smashed against a metal bar, and undergoing 400 rides on a rocket sled, the results, apart from broken bones and bruises, was priceless data on how the body reacts to high-velocity impacts, setting the wheels in motion (excuse us…) for future safety systems.
We also wouldn’t have Dr Gordon Giesbrecht, also known as “Professor Popsicle” who has dedicated his life to investigating and understand the effects of extreme environments, including cold, heat, hypoxia, and hypobaria on the human body. Dubbed Professor Popsicle, Dr Giesbrecht decided that the best way to test his theories was to experience it himself – and so his studies have included jumping into frozen lakes, and lowering his body temperature below 95 degrees, and since science is all about repeated measurements, did it about 33 times. Doesn’t sound so bad until you realise that 95 degrees F is basically Stage 2 hypothermia, and you would probably die at stage 3.
And these are just 2 chaps out of many who, for many, not only put their lives on the line to test and prove a theory, but who took the idea of innovation and inventor-ship to a completely new level.
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