Elon Musk’s Boring Company has found a way to solve housing problem via its Lego-like bricks

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New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2018 9:21:13 PM

Space X and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has launched another merchandise from his whimsically named construction company The Boring Company.

Elon Musk. (Reuters)

Space X and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has launched another merchandise from his whimsically named construction company The Boring Company. The firm is planning to build a futuristic underground transportation system and tweeted about the same on Twitter on Sunday.

Musk announced that The Boring Company will launch Lego-like bricks. “New Boring Company merch(andise) coming soon. Lifesize LEGO-like interlocking bricks made from tunnelling rock that you can use to create sculptures & buildings. Rated for California seismic loads, so super strong, but bored in the middle, like an aircraft wing spar, so not heavy (sic),” he tweeted.

He added,”First kit set will be ancient Egypt — pyramids, Sphinx, temple of Horus, etc.,” he added.

When asked if this could be turned into affordable housing, Musk explained that “the boring bricks are interlocking with a precise surface finish” and hence can be used to build outer walls of a small house in a day or so.

When asked how long the construction of a building using the bricks would take, Musk replied that “two people could build the outer walls of a small house in a day or so.”

The firm has long said on its website and in various city council planning meetings that it wants to find ways to recycle the bedrock it will be removed from its tunnels, with an emphasis on turning them “into useful bricks to be used to build structures.” (The FAQ on the company’s website even references the pyramids as inspiration for the idea.)

The Boring Company has also considered using this extra earth to line the tunnels it’s creating instead of doing so with concrete, which it claims would be more environmentally friendly.

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