Elon Musk Says SpaceX's Mars Rocket Could Launch in Early 2019

Elon Musk Says SpaceX's Mars Rocket Could Launch in Early 2019

Featuring (of course) the song "Live on Mars" by David Bowie - which was used continuously throughout the launch - Musk said that the launch was meant to inspire.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Sunday that he plans to send a rocket to Mars by 2019. The company is still way behind on its production targets.

"AI scares the hell out of me", he said, telling Nolan that while he's not typically a fan of regulation, he feels AI is more unsafe than nuclear weapons and it's not like we let just anyone build nukes.

Whether an AI-induced third World War is what drives us off the planet, he didn't say. He also predicted a utopian social model for the red planet, akin to the ancient Greek republics, without the slavery.

"Maybe it requires 60% [majority vote] to get a law in place, but any number over 40% can remove a law", Musk said. The company's Falcon Heavy rocket, which enjoyed a historic inaugural launch last month, was initially promised a 2013 debut.

He commented that people would "vote directly on issues instead of going through representative government".

As to what inspired him to begin looking into Mars exploration, Musk said it was the simple fact that no one else seemed to be doing it.

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"This has been our pattern in the past". Yet Musk took his time in Austin to give the audience another wake-up call regarding a threat no amount of climate change measures or anti-war rhetoric can help.

"Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints to nightclubs". He added, "Mark my words, AI is far more unsafe than nukes".

"I'm not normally an advocate of regulation and oversight", he added.

"This is a case where you have a very serious danger to the public, therefore there needs to be a public body that has insight and then oversight to confirm that everyone is developing AI safely - this is extremely important", he said.

"Nobody would suggest that we allow anyone to just build nuclear warheads if they want, that would be insane".

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".

Still, Musk admitted the first humans to dare make the trip will be risking a lot. And if he doesn't try and get us to Mars, who will?

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