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Musk's Mysterious 'D' Is Definitely Not A Flying Car

Speaking about Tesla and flying cars at a Vanity Fair future summit, Musk continued to hint at what his electric car company plans to reveal Thursday.

Musk's Mysterious 'D' Is Definitely Not A Flying Car
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If anyone can make headlines about flying cars, killer robots, Mars and a mysterious "D-related" announcement all in the span of 48 hours, it's Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. 

The tech magnate spoke at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit Wednesday to discuss everything future. 

Given the summit's theme, "The Age of Innovation," the topic of flying cars was bound to come up. When it did, Musk had an answer. But it might not have been what you'd expect from a man known for pioneering future technology.

The Verge quotes Musk as saying although flying cars would have their advantages, they would "ruin skylines" and "there would be a greater probability of something falling on your head. Those are not good things."

OK, so how about robots? Those things have to be good for the future, right? Well ... 

MUSK VIA VANITY FAIR: "I don't think most people understand just how quickly machine intelligence is advancing. ... You know it could be just something like getting rid of spam email or something, and it concludes, well the best way to get over spam is to get rid of humans."

According to Fortune, Musk even added we wouldn't be able to escape the human-spam-eliminating menace by moving to Mars because it would simply follow us at that point. 

But Musk wasn't down about future tech the entire summit — at least not when it came to discussing an upcoming announcement he teased a week earlier. 

When asked about his mysterious tweet teasing "the D and something else" — Musk avoided directly revealing what they were, but hinted, "One of the things is already there, and people just don't realize it." 

So one thing is already here. OK. But what about the other? 

Speculation has ranged from an all-wheel drive version of the Model S to possibly a self-driving Tesla model, based off an interview Musk did with Money earlier this month. 

A writer at Electrek, an electric car news site, says he's gotten word the "D" stands for a new "supersport" version of the Model S and will include all-wheel drive as well. And he says the car is fast, apparently going from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds.

Whether that's truly what Tesla plans to unveil will be revealed Thursday night. The announcement will take place at Hawthorne Airport near Los Angeles. 

This video includes images from Getty Images and NASA.