There aren’t two ways about it, Elon Musk is a visionary. His latest goal is something that falls right on the border of madness, but if anyone can pull it off, he can.
His new goal is to phase out the use of human labor in Tesla factories, and instead use automation to an extent that is currently thought to be impossible. The workers in Tesla’s California plant recently talked to the Guardian about Mr. Musk’s drive to perform, and some were less than thrilled about his goal oriented mentality.
It would appear that Mr. Musk is one step ahead of the game, and is already putting a plan in motion to do away with labor as it is currently understood. His goal appears to be a totally automated factory, and if he is able to make it happen it will be the stuff of legends.
The recent acquisition by Tesla of a German firm called Grohmann Engineering is probably a part of his plan, as they specialize in automated industrial processes. This is likely the thin end of the wedge, as Tesla aims to revamp the way automobiles are produced.
It would appear that Elon Musk has a vision of the future wherein humans are totally removed from the fabrication of automobile technology, and this raises some interesting questions about the value of labor.
In an automated society people wouldn’t be able to provide for themselves by working, so we are left wondering how they could afford a Tesla. Mr. Musk is planning to try out his new idea with the launch of the upcoming Tesla Model Y, and this is extremely risky.
Implementing new automation technology on an existing vehicle platform is difficult, but attempting to do it on a new platform could be considered reckless. Regardless, he has the full faith of the financial world, with a market cap that is approaching the value of General Motors.
This is truly impressive for a company that hasn’t ever turned a profit, and just keeps spending money. Time will tell if his vision will become a reality, but we will never doubt that he is completely sincere in his desire to revamp society as we know it.