SXSW: Elon Musk Didn't Get Much Sleep This Weekend Either

SXSW: Elon Musk Didn't Get Much Sleep This Weekend Either

Elon Musk says Mars could be a refuge in the event of a third world war on Earth. While taking questions from his friend, Jonathan Nolan, Musk covered a whole range of topics, from A.I.to the source of his inspiration.

Musk, the founder of rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX, said the company's interplanetary ship could begin test flights as soon as next year.

Musk and Nolan closed out the session with a live rendition of "My Little Buttercup" from John Landis' "The Three Amigos", with guitar accompaniment by a cowboy-hatted Kimbal Musk. And while it won't be capable of getting anyone to Mars just yet, he said it would be able to do short up and down flights and have a liftoff thrust twice that of a Saturn 5, the NASA rocket at the heart of the Apollo program.

Known as BFR, the space ship measures 100m in length.

"A self-sustaining base. ideally on Mars.it's more likely the Mars base will survive than a Moon base".

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But the entrepreneur also admitted his "timelines historically have been optimistic".

It's important to make sure the dawn of AI is one that's symbiotic with humanity. "They certainly don't think it's possible, but if we do they'll up their game".

This fear of AI is also part of the reason Musk wants us to colonize Mars - He fears the Earth might experience a "Dark Age".

He cautioned that the first people to head to Mars would face situations "far more dangerous" than past settlement efforts, with a "good chance you'll die".

"Last century we had two massive world wars, three if you count the Cold War, I think it's unlikely that we'll never have a world war again. this has been our pattern in the past". Musk cited the iconic entertainer Fred Astaire and hip-hop artist Kanye West.

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