Elon Musk Says Tunnel Boring Experiment Is Coming Together Nicely

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Elon Musk’s told his Twitter followers that his new tunnel boring experiment could begin sooner rather than later.

Musk tweeted a photo of a tunnel and the words, “26 ft diameter tunnel running 2 miles under D.C.” The tweet suggests the Space X CEO is moving at warps speed on his tunnel boring idea.

Musk teased his followers a little more Friday, tweeting a picture of tunneling progress and the word: “Minecraft.” He did not explain the meaning of the word, but it’s possible Musk was referring to the video game, Minecraft, which includes tunnel building exercises.

The Tesla boss thinks building a maze of tunnels across the country will ease traffic congestion.

“Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging …” Musk wrote in a series of tweets in December. He even gave the program a name: “The Boring Company.”

It’s possible Musk, who has floated the tunnel-boring idea once before, was simply venting, irked at having to navigate California’s snarling traffic. But Musk told his Twitter followers that he was “actually going to do this.”

Most tech analysts believe that Musk is not one to post ideas on Twitter, or any other social media platform for that matter, without first fleshing out the idea. Any thoughts he floats on Twitter should be taken seriously, they argue.

Musk told reporters earlier this year that the ideal way to ease the country’s crowded infrastructure was to build miles and miles of tunnels.

The tweets may simply be a way for Musk to distract the Twitter universe from his relationship with President Donald Trump, who signed an executive order in January temporarily halting refugees from seven Islamic nations.

He tried calming his devotees angst by tweeting that refugees “don’t deserve to be rejected.” Musk tried crowdsourcing potential amendments to Trump’s executive orders instead of condemning them outright, which he argued could persuade the president to make adjustments.

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