Silicon Valley's search for Steve Jobs' heir has zeroed in on Elon Musk. Like the late Apple CEO, Mr. Musk is a singular force pushing technology's creative boundaries. But a more apt comparison for Mr. Musk might be Henry Ford. Like the man who reimagined the horse-and-buggy, Mr. Musk is reimagining, well, all transportation.
A member of the famed PayPal mafia -- early employees of the payments service who went on to build top tech companies like LinkedIn, YouTube and Yelp -- Mr. Musk is uprooting the future of automotive, public and space transportation.
His company Tesla Motors manufactures electric-powered cars that more closely resemble a Jaguar than something you run on vegetable oil. Tesla's 2015 models will even drive themselves. Last year, he unveiled his Hyperloop concept that would shuttle people between San Francisco and Los Angeles via a supersonic pneumatic tube. And his space-rocket company SpaceX was the first commercial company to dock on the International Space Station and is developing reusable rockets to make travel to Mars a reality.
Mr. Ford put us on the road; Mr. Musk is putting us on the road to Mars.