Elon Musk makes surprise visit to SXSW - Talks Mars ship progress

Elon Musk makes surprise visit to SXSW - Talks Mars ship progress

Elon Musk makes surprise visit to SXSW - Talks Mars ship progress

He stated: "We are building the first Mars, or interplanetary ship, and I think we'll be able to do short trips, short up and down flights, by first half of next year". The company is still way behind on its production targets.

He said: "I think once we build it we'll have a point of proof, something that other companies and countries can go and do".

Whether an AI-induced third World War is what drives us off the planet, he didn't say. The Falcon Heavy's first launch was pushed back several times, and the Mars rocket is several times larger and more complex. "Most likely, the form of government on Mars would be somewhat of a direct democracy", he said, with settlers having a direct vote on individual issues. SpaceX's ultimate objective is to plant the seeds to put a human colony on Mars.

"This has been our pattern in the past".

"They will start off building a rudimentary base. then this will open up a world of new opportunities, because Mars will need pizza joints, great bars - Mars Bars", he said.

"No one predicted that rate of improvement", Musk said. In the long-term, the billionaire space entrepreneur whose plans include making human life multi-planetary, intends to make Starlink a communication bridge between Earth and colonized Mars. Musk called AI a "very serious danger to the public", one that keeps him up at night.

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"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.

"It kind of reads like [Ernest] Shackleton's ad to Antarctic explorers: It's hard, dangerous, good chance you will die, excitement for those who survive, that kind of thing", Musk said.

"Some AI experts think they know more than they do and they think they're smarter than they are. this tends to plague smart people, they define themselves by their intelligence and they don't like the idea that a machine can be way smarter than them so they just discount the idea, which is fundamentally flawed".

He continued: "It will be far more dangerous - difficult, dangerous, good chance you will die".

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

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