Elon Musk: SpaceX And Tesla Alive 'By Skin Of Their Teeth'

12 March, 2018, 09:21 | Author: Grady Montgomery
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Mars will need Glass domes, a power station and an assortment of basic living fundamentals, he told the crowd. Although Musk was at the festival this weekend, he wasn't on the schedule - until Saturday night that is, when a last-minute Q&A session with the SpaceX and Tesla founder was announced for Sunday morning, which drew the SXSW badge-toting masses to Moody Theater. The company is still way behind on its production targets. "I think once we build it we'll have a point of proof something that other companies and countries can go and do".

Elon Musk is unquestionably the most interesting businessman in Silicon Valley - arguably the world - thanks to his nearly single-handed reignition of the space race. He also predicted a utopian social model for the red planet, akin to the ancient Greek republics, without the slavery.

Musk spoke at length about his role as an entrepreneur with SpaceX and electric auto maker Tesla Inc, his concerns about advancements in artificial intelligence ("It scares the hell out of me") and the need to put a price on carbon emissions in order to develop a sustainable energy system. The company's Falcon Heavy rocket, which enjoyed a historic inaugural launch last month, was initially promised a 2013 debut. He also speculated that "most likely, the form of government on Mars would be somewhat of a direct democracy", in which residents would vote directly on particular issues.

"This has been our pattern in the past".




In fact, Musk believes the spacecraft will take flight as early as next year, but only for short flights. After the infrastructure is complete, "then really the explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity [will begin], because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints", he said.

And he feared a nuclear war would destroy human life on Earth, reports the BBC.

"AI is far more unsafe than nukes", he said, dismissing the pushback from AI experts who suggested Mr Musk was more interested in controversy than studying the work. This is extremely important. "There's lots of things that are miserable and kind of get you down", Musk said.

The prevailing mood here, of course, is that Mr Musk is a visionary of the highest order.

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