Elon Musk Says Flights to Mars Will Start in 2019


"A self-sustaining base. ideally on Mars.it's more likely the Mars base will survive than a Moon base". While taking questions from his friend, Jonathan Nolan, Musk covered a whole range of topics, from A.I.to the source of his inspiration.

There was even a sing-along with Kimbal Musk, Elon's brother, to the tune of "My Little Buttercup".

The rocket meant to make this voyage isn't the Falcon 9 or even the Falcon Heavy rocket, but a newer model that SpaceX is still putting together called the BFR - officially short for "Big Falcon Rocket", but since the name was partly inspired by Doom's BFG weapon, it's probably not unintentional if you first saw that acronym a different way. He also appeared on Saturday at the end of a panel with the cast and show creators of the HBO series "Westworld".

"The biggest thing that would be helpful is just general support and encouragement and goodwill", Musk said.

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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". It's meant to be completely reusable and would be SpaceX's first vehicle designed for missions beyond Earth. "I think that's the single biggest existential crisis that we face, and the most pressing one", he said. The billionaire told attendees that "we are building the first Mars, or interplanetary ship, and I think well be able to short trips, flights by first half of next year".

Whether an AI-induced third World War is what drives us off the planet, he didn't say.

"The rate of improvement is really dramatic, but we have to figure out some way to ensure that the advent of digital super intelligence is one which is symbiotic with humanity".