Neil deGrasse Tyson said Elon Musk “cured” him of his desire to see flying cars.
The CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX appeared Sunday on the astrophysicist’s “Star Talk” radio program, where he admitted he’d thought a lot about flying cars but determined they were completely impractical.
“If there are flying cars, then well obviously you have added this additional dimension where a car could potentially fall on your head and would be susceptible to weather,” Musk said.
He also said autopilot would be essential for flying cars, but he said the safety risks were simply too great to overcome.
“Even in autopilot, and even if you’ve got redundant motors and blades, you’ve still gone from near-zero chance of something falling on your head to something greater than that,” Musk said.
He also said engines powerful enough to keep cars in the air would be extremely noisy.
“We have flying cars today,” Tyson said. “They’re called helicopters, and they’re really noisy. If you want something as heavy as a car to levitate, it’s going to be making some noise.”
The problem with flying cars was a dimensional one, Musk said.
“Essentially with a flying car you’re talking about going 3-D,” he said. “There’s a fundamental flaw with cities where you’ve got dense office buildings and apartment buildings and duplexes, and operating on three dimensions, but then you go to the street, and suddenly you’re two-dimensional.”
Musk said cities should look underground to solve congestion the way subways can help alleviate traffic above-ground.
“If you were to extrapolate that to cars and have more car tunnels, then you would alleviate congestion completely,” he said. “You would not need a flying car in that case, and it would always work even if the weather was bad. It would never ice up and it would never fall on your head.”
Tyson’s co-host, however, joked that he wasn’t swayed by Musk’s arguments against flying cars.
“Those sound like the words of a man who owns a car company,” said co-host Chuck Nice.
Eric Trump bashes the children of politicians profiting off their family name to enrich themselves: ‘It is sickening’
President Donald Trump third child blasted children of politicians profiting from their relationship during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News with Jeanine Pirro.
"So where does Joe Biden get off been so pompous and above it all?" Pirro asked.
"If I was doing the same thing that that family was doing I’d be in jail," Eric Trump said.
"Why is it that every family in politics enriches themselves?" he asked. "It is sickening."
Trump ‘has done nothing wrong’: Lindsey Graham does not think ethnic cleansing is an impeachable offense
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) slammed President Donald Trump for allowing Turkey's ethnic cleansing of the Kurds in Syria, but then defended the president against impeachment during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News.
Graham told Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro that he worried that 15,000 ISIS fighters could escape, allowing the terrorist caliphate to reconstitute.
The South Carolina Republican declared that America "will not tolerate" ethnic cleansing.
But then he was asked about impeachment.
"Impeachment is a bunch of bull," Graham declared. "It is BS."
"The president has done nothing wrong," Graham argued.
Trump may ‘undo his presidency’ — with Republicans backing impeachment: CNN’s conservative anchor
President Donald Trump's presidency is in peril as Republican lawmakers condemn the administration for green-lighting Turkey's ethnic cleansing of Kurds in northern Syria.
"President Trump this week set fire to the emoluments clause by announcing his own resort would host the G-7 summit. His Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, set fire to his boss’s innocence admitting on camera to the very thing Trump is being investigated for and possibly impeached over," CNN's S.E. Cupp said.
"Donald Trump has put the Republican Party through a lot. Most have gone willingly along with him -- kids in cages, a trade war, protecting Putin, honoring Kim Jong-Un, breaking the law, the lies, the insults, the fake news, the rape allegations. Defending the president over the indefensible has become something of a cottage industry for Republican lawmakers, few of whom have ever dared to call him out," she noted.