Why our future is going to be boring

A future trillion-dollar market monopoly that will change the way of travel, life, and order.

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the Future of Urban Transportation

We all know Elon Musk. Elon is famous for selling flamethrower (smoking joints on podcasts) and shooting a brand new Tesla into orbit. That is already impressive, but those are just some of his “fun-projects”. His typical day consists of rushing between Tesla and SpaceX, the two companies he is most passionate about right now. His day is scheduled into 5 minutes blocks. He works up to 16 hours a day, not including his Twitter-maintaining, commuting, or eating.

Nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week — Elon Musk.

His time is critical. He is the guy who would need 28 hours a day. That’s why he is quartering both companies in the same neighborhood to minimize commuting time and improve efficiency… But we all can agree that working 16 hours a day, he doesn’t have much free time. And spending at least 1:30 hours a day commuting in Las Angeles traffic certainly pissed him off. One day in 2016, sitting frustrated in his car, he tweeted:

Ellon Musk tweet that he is starting a digging company, following up with:

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The Boring Company is Born!

On the first look, not too much. Elon is not reinventing the wheel (not this time); the only thing he is trying to archive is breaking down construction costs while increasing its safety. So how can this be a trillion-dollar market, you might ask.

Before we get into why we should define what industry means, the market comes with customers. You wouldn’t have a market if you got no people using or buying your product/solution. That’s at least how the western free market works. Demand governs supply. And lucky Elon, there is an excellent supply needed in transportation and delivery right now. He created five different use cases; 2 of them seem to be the most interested and effective systems.

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Urban (loop) Transportation

Problem

There will be different kinds of vehicles allowed. No car will be allowed to participate in the tunnel, which does not have TBC’s explicit permission, including autonomous driving systems, as well as no greenhouse emissions. The Boring Company will decide which car company is getting the right to use The Boring tube software; to use the system.

Solution

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Freighting Revolution

Problem

Solution

Some politicians will try to keep the trucking industry artificially alive, using arguments about millions of jobs being eventually lost. But fortunate us, we live in an enlightened world where people will understand its great potential and new job areas that will be developed: Job areas we might not even be able to think of right now. I mean, who believed in the 2000s that being an iOS app developer could be a career? Nobody! Since nobody knew what iOS is in the first place and what a rich market it is nowadays.

Breaking Down Costs

Minimise the Digging

The Boring Company, which from now on, I will refer to as TBC, is planning on cutting that number in having, leaving a diameter of exactly 14 feet, where traditional Tesla cars will fit in perfectly, leaving about 30–60 cm space to both sides. Cutting the diameter in half seems to be cutting costs in half, right?

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Since general Borers are round, digging goes exponentially up to its radius; TBC just broke production and destruction time down by a factor of 4. Nice!

Evolution of Mining

Unfortunately, not much research has been done to improve the digging industry since, as Elon states, “It’s a boring business”. Still wondering where the company name comes from… 🤔.

The digging process is an expensive undertaking, costing between 100 million to 1 billion dollars each mile. One of the most time and money-consuming parts is that initially, the digging machine can only dig and install walls simultaneously. By updating the Godot machine, which wasn’t able to do those steps simultaneously, to Godot +, Construction time shrank about 50 percent compared to the standard.

Another way to decrease costs is to use the rock stratum they are digging off to make concrete, which they will use to build segments supporting the walls. Typically, many trucks and companies are involved in transporting the dirt and stones away. Since there is less need for that, this will also cut a lot of money. Bye Bye, truck-greenhouse-emission 🙂 Not used self-made concrete will be formed into Bricks that will be donated to local home constructions for people to “take away.”

Introducing Prufrock

While conventional boring machines dig around 5 minutes, then cool down for about half an hour while segments are getting installed, Prufrock will hopefully sixfold TBM’s performance. This will be thanks to an entirely new Mining Methodology, which will be using a new Hexagon formed sheet, erecting segments, constructing, and installing them simultaneously while the machine keeps digging. They will uncover 35 minutes an hour of working time without needing to cool down.

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Right now, The Boring Company can dig about 38 meters a day. This has some great potential to improve daily length to about 250 meters drastically.

Also, they are entirely taking away the setup process, where instead of building a TBM excavating launch pit, Prufrock could start directly digging from a ground Truck. This TBM will dig down to about 30 feet(+), where it continues digging straight. That makes it possible for a TBM to start the digging process within 48 hours, instead of initially up to 6 months!

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We see how The Boring Company is trying hard to break down the construction period. Time is money, especially in an industry where you have to pay hundreds of people working on those projects.

Helpful and Innocent!

However, even if TBC is able to bring down the price to only ten million dollars a mile, which seems to be a lot, but really is nothing compared to industry standards, it will still taking a long time to get back the invested money by users paying less than a dollar for 20+ miles!

It can be said that the boring company is doing a lot of social projects right now, getting governmental and people’s support. However, we don’t know if the boring company will connect the thousands of areas and build a network of tunnels. Because that still is fricking expensive! It might turn out as an excellent success for cargo delivery; however, having an entry/exit elevator every second corner in every bigger city internationally is expensive and seems not to be self-sustaining. For every mile built (10 million dollars optimally), it must be driven at least 100 million times, if not more, to start generating revenue. The shift might come, but slowly. While the streets are still working, they won’t be replaced. Something like the picture shown down below, if even, will probably only be available in single, chosen cities, leaving the more significant part of society’s daily commute reliant on streets and railways.

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Takeaways

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17 years old UI Designer and Developer interested in augmented reality and space exploration.