While there are good reasons to doubt Elon Musk’s grand vision of building a metropolis on Mars and making humans a “multiplanetary species,” the SpaceX founder has the skills to promote that vision with a special “poignant tinge,” according to foreign media CNET.
In a new episode of Lex Fridman’s Artificial Intelligence podcast, MIT researchers asked Musk to read a passage from Carl Sagan’s book, “The Pale Blue Dot”. But the chief executive has reserved some of his views on the post-Musk era of the 21st century.
Sagan’s title is inspired by Voyager 1’s 1990 photograph of the Earth, “The Pale Blue Dot,” which the probe took from 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers). In the image, our planet is indeed a very small light blue dot.
“It’s here,” Sagan wrote. That’s our home, everything we have. Everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you’ve heard of, everyone you’ve ever had, who’s spent their lives on it…”
But before reading this passage, Musk offered his own “preface”:
“The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. In another 500 million years or so, the sun will expand and possibly evaporate from the ocean, making life impossible on Earth… I don’t know how many planet civilizations in the universe have disappeared, and they have never entered other planets and eventually exterminated themselves or been destroyed by external factors. There may be a few. “
Musk then continued to read Sagan’s work. “The Earth is the only world known to have life so far,” Sagan wrote. At least in the near future, we humans will not be able to migrate elsewhere…”
At this point, Musk again expressed his different views: “It’s not true. Musk said with a smile. “It’s a fake … Mars (will be possible). “
Fridman added: “I think Carl Sagan would agree with that. He could not even imagine it at the time. “