Elon Musk: Trips to Mars by next year

Mar 12, 2018, 05:54
Elon Musk: Trips to Mars by next year

Elon Musk says SpaceX will launch rockets to Mars by 2019.

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On the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, noted entrepreneur and expansive thinker Elon Musk discussed his fears about artificial intelligence that were more chilling than the cinematic HAL-9000 supercomputer of science fiction. Doors open at 10:30AM, and the talk begins at 12:00PM CT / 1:00PM ET. In the first version, Autopilot reduced traffic accidents by 45%, he said, and the most recent version will be "at least two or three times better".

"But life can not just be about solving one miserable thing after another". There need to be things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity. The Falcon Heavy's first launch was pushed back several times, and the Mars rocket is several times larger and more complex. There are lots of problems that need to get solved. He said that while many people may view Martian expeditions as an "escape hatch for the rich", in fact, it's more like what Ernest Shackleton promised his Antarctic explorers: "It'll be hard, dangerous, and there's a good chance you'll die. Earth is the cradle of humanity, but you can not stay in the cradle forever", Musk continued.

The most important thing Musk believes needs to happen is laying the framework for creating digital super intelligence, if humanity collectively decides that is the right move.

Assuming the Tesla that Musk launched into space aboard the Falcon Heavy doesn't actually reach the Red Planet, this rocket would be one of the first commercial objects (i.e. not sent by NASA or other government space agencies) to reach Mars. He also appeared on Saturday at the end of a panel with the cast and show creators of the HBO series "Westworld". These hosts are frequently abused, sexually exploited, or killed by humans with no punishment for those actions.