Elon Musk says SpaceX will make 'short flights' to Mars next year

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He added, "Mark my words, AI is far more risky than nukes". It kind of reads like Shackleton's ad for Antarctic explorers. "It kind of reads like (Ernest) Shackleton's ad for Antarctic explorers: hard, dangerous, good chance you'll die. But there is excitement for those who survive".

"There's already people who want to go in the beginning".

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Sunday that he is on track to launch a spacecraft for Mars by next year.

Repeating concerns he's made in the past with even more vigour, he said a bigger threat to human life was artificial intelligence - not nuclear war.

"I think a moon base and a Mars base that could perhaps help regenerate life back here on earth would be really important".

"There's likely to be another dark ages. particularly if there's a third world war", Musk stressed, arguing that a Mars colony would stay away from the battle on Earth and carry the torch of human culture forward.

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"AI scares the hell out of me", he said, telling Nolan that while he's not typically a fan of regulation, he feels AI is more unsafe than nuclear weapons and it's not like we let just anyone build nukes.

The ultimate goal of the mission, of course, is a Mars colony. And just like the show's creators, Musk has never been one to hold back on his thoughts regarding AI and how to use it with caution.

Musk said he imagines Mars will have a direct democracy instead of the system of government used in the United States - a representative democracy - whereby elected officials represent a group of people.

He commented that people would "vote directly on issues instead of going through representative government". He pointed that the laws must be easy to understand and repeal them to protect freedom of human beings.

"If the law exceeds the word count of 'Lord of the Rings, ' then something's wrong", Musk said. He mocked the Republican tax bill passed in December 2017 whose length exceeded 1,000 pages after including conference committee report and other details by saying that the bills passed on Mars will not be longer than "Lord of the Rings".

In a wide-ranging series of remarks, Musk regaled the audience with anecdotes about several of his other ventures, including Tesla and the Boring Company, with the billionaire joking he tweets about the latter more than he actually spends time working on it.

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