Hyperloop

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/08/130813-elon-musk-hyperloop-praise-skepticism/

http://techland.time.com/2013/08/12/elon-musks-hyperloop-5-things-you-should-know/

So, really, the links speak for themselves. The bigger question- and this is one that I can’t answer, and, amazingly, google doesn’t immediately dreg this up- is just how many moves/shows/books/stories in scifi the concept rips off simultaneously.

Some nice starter source material for that question below. Yes, the propulsion system for the hyperloop is different, but, admit it, you *totally* thought of one of these when you first read or heard about the hyperloop:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumatic_tube#In_fiction

Apparently, it also rips off someone else’s real idea:

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3015704/futurist-forum/how-much-did-this-hyperloop-lookalike-inspire-elon-musk