Is the Hyperloop more than hype?

An image released by Tesla Motors shows a conceptual design rendering of the Hyperloop passenger transport capsule. (Tesla Motors/Associated Press)

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This week, billionaire industrialist and Queen's University alumnus Elon Musk unveiled his plan to revolutionize inter-city transport. It's called The Hyperloop and promises to cut travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco from upwards of five hours to less than 30 minutes.

Musk has a history of successful innovation. First he shook up the banking industry with PayPal. He's since gone on to create Tesla Motors, the leading manufacturer of electric cars. And with his company SpaceX, he achieved what many thought was impossible, becoming the first company to dock a private vessel at the international space station.

Musk's vision for a revamped transportation system might sound like an amazing dream, like something out of The Jetsons, but Daniel H. Wilson points out that it used to be a lot more common. In a conversation with guest host Stephen Quinn, he discusses why there's been a decline in these kinds of visionary projects, and what it would take to create the future of science fiction dreams.

"The main difficulty of a project like this is the social will to do it," he said, adding that he's nonetheless excited about the possibilities.

"Even if we swing and miss I think it's important to constantly be trying new things and pushing boundaries."

Our friends at The National recently reported on the Hyperloop. Check out their story below.

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