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In Recode Q&A, Elon Musk talks up ‘Blade Runner’ truck, Space Force … and Jeff Bezos

2 Nov 2018, 16:50 UTC
In Recode Q&A, Elon Musk talks up ‘Blade Runner’ truck, Space Force … and Jeff Bezos
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Elon Musk speaks at a space conference in 2016. (SpaceX Photo)
Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is really psyched about the electric pickup truck he’s got on the drawing board — and he’s also cool with the Space Force and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space effort.
Those are just a few of the talking points that emerged when he sat down for an 80-minute Q&A on Halloween, after months of cajoling from Recode alpha-geek Kara Swisher.
The interview and the full transcript are online at Recode, so there’s no need to go into a lot of detail here. But here are five key quotes:

Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin: “I think it’s great that Jeff is spending lots of money on space. And they are a competitor, but it’s good that he’s spending money on … that he’s spending a lot of money on developing rockets. I think it will encounter some challenges getting to orbit, it’s remarkably difficult getting to orbit. But he has the resources to overcome those difficulties.”
Space Force: “This may be a little controversial, but I actually like the idea. I think it’s cool. You know, like, when the ...

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