Watch Elon Musk’s full interview at Code Conference 2016

SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk during an interview at Code Conference 2016, spoke about the future of artificial intelligence, his plans concerning the Tesla Model 3, and plans concerning Mars. Additionally Musk believes that our lives are almost certainly being conducted by AI and highly-powered computers (em… actually i think he has a point there…)

According to Musk, there is only a “billions in one” chance that we’re not living in a computer simulation. He went on further to say that our lives are certainly being conducted within an artificial world powered by AI and highly-powered computers.

“The strongest argument for us probably being in a simulation I think is the following. 40 years ago we had Pong – two rectangles and a dot. That’s where we were. Now 40 years later we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year. And soon we’ll have virtual reality, we’ll have augmented reality. According to him: “If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, just indistinguishable.”

When asked whether he was saying that the answer to the question of whether we are in a simulated computer game was “yes”, he responded that the answer is “probably”.

He also said that arguably we should hope that it’s true that we live in a simulation. “Otherwise, if civilisation stops advancing, then that may be due to some calamitous event that stops civilisation.”

He went on further to say that either we will make simulations that we can’t tell apart from the real world, “or civilisation will cease to exist”. According to him, he has had “so many simulation discussions it’s crazy”, such that now  “every conversation [he had] was the AI/simulation conversation”.

Elon Musk, regarding travel to Mars had said earlier that he wants to put humans on Mars in less than a decade. That will happen earlier than expected, from his statement during the interview he intends to send humans to Mars as early as 2024. He also expresses his desire to live out his days in the red neighboring planet

I think if you’re going to choose a place to die, then Mars is probably not a bad choice

SpaceX already plans to send up an unmanned spacecraft to Mars by 2018, to test out the methods of landing spacecraft on Mars, “We’re going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards,” Musk said. By Mars opportunity, he means the time during which Earth and Mars are the closest together in orbit, this happens approximately every 26 months.

For details on the interview, watch the video above.


Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and co-founder of PayPal. As of March 2016, he has an estimated net worth of US$13.5 billion, making him the 75th wealthiest person in the US.



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