A few months ago, the entire world was dancing to the tunes of ‘City of Stars’ from Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ but now, Tesla as well as SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has introduced us to a new concept of ‘city on Mars’ on Thursday. In a new study, Musk outlined his vision for a self-sustaining city on Mars. Not just this, he also went on to provide a comprehensive review of a system architecture required for a rocket and spaceship capable of transporting people and supplies to Mars, comparing possible vehicle designs and performance features, reported PTI. Doesn’t matter how strange it may sound, this isn’t the first time something bizarre or crazy has come out of Musk’s mouth. He has previously been in the news for some of his controversial and near-crazy remarks. Here are some of them:
1. Video games will become indistinguishable from reality
Backing his previous statement that humans might be living in a simulation in the near future, Musk said video games will eventually become indistinguishable from reality. His statement came because of the rapid advancement of the technology that powers video games. Musk believes that one day these games will become so realistic that they will become an integral part of our lives. “Forty years ago, we had Pong. Now forty years later, we have photorealistic, 3-D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year. If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality,” he had said.
2. People will go to Mars by 2025
Musk has big plans for Mars. He believes that if things go as planned, it might be possible to send people to Mars by 2025. “If things go according to plan, we should be able to launch people probably in 2024 with arrival in 2025,” said Musk. When asked about laws on the planet, Musk said direct democracy will help in efficient working. “I think that’s better because the potential for corruption is substantially diminished in a direct versus representative democracy,” he added.
3. Humans are already cyborgs
A huge believer in the potential of artificial intelligence, Musk talked about the topic once again at the Code Conference. Taking a bold stance, he said humans are already cyborgs due to our social media personalities and reliance on computers to perform everyday tasks. “You have basically superpowers with your computer and your phone and the applications that are there. You have more power than the president of the United States had 20 years ago,” he said.
4. Not humans but robots will take your jobs
If that scared you, get ready for more. Musk believes that humans have a bigger threat from robots and said they might even take our jobs in future. “There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation,” Musk said. “Yeah, I am not sure what else one would do. I think that is what would happen,” he added.
5. Tesla will be as valuable as Apple in 10 years
Elon Musk was recently in the news when he said that electric car manufacturing company Tesla which is valued at $51 bn will top the iPhone maker Apple with worth $776 bn by 2025. He told analysts that Tesla’s market capitalization “would be basically the same as Apple’s is today” by 2025. This statement came in May this year when right before Tesla was about to launch the Model 3, a new vehicle that is designed to fulfil Musk’s ambition of electric cars.