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Musk says he ‘shot himself in the foot’ revealing Hyperloop

Above: Elon Musk watches robots at the Tesla Motors plant (formerly NUMMI Plant).

Anyone smart enough to build a tube that transports people 600 miles per hour to go from San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 30 minutes should step up because creator Elon Musk says he’s too busy to actually build it.

“I think I shot myself in the foot by ever mentioning the Hyperloop. I’m too strung out,” he said during electric car manufacturer Tesla’s quarterly earnings call today, as noted by Business Insider.

Musk first introduced the Hyperloop to the public in May. It is a new form of high-speed transportation that will be “on call.” That is, unlike traditionally schedule transportation, it will be available at your convenience. At the time, he asked for “critical feedback for improvements” before he gives the public more information about the tech itself.

Musk plans on making that reveal on August 12 but is counting on folks in the community to pick up where he leaves off. The 21st century inventor is likely already too busy with Tesla, which today announced net income of $26.3 million, sending its stock soaring 13 percent. He also has another startup, Space-X.

He might jump in and help build the hyperloop if no one winds up getting creative, but he hopes to simply turn the tech over. And, we’ve already seen one man who might be able to take that job. His name is John Gardi and he has already sketched out how he believes the Hyperloop may actually work.

But, big ideas need input. That means this is your opportunity, world, to be the next person to revolutionize an entire industry — and an important one at that.