SpaceX is developing a reusable rocket-spacecraft system called the BFR to help Mars settlement is economically feasible. (Credit: SpaceX)
Humanity is brutal and aggressive past provides sufficient justification for the exercise of the settlements on the moon and on Mars, Elon Musk says.
The billionaire entrepreneur, has long stressed that he founded SpaceX in 2002 primarily to help make humanity a multiplanet species — a giant leap which we are far less vulnerable to extinction.
The human civilization is for very serious threats in the long term, asteroid strikes and climate change artificial intelligence run amok, Musk has said over the years. And he recently highlighted our well-documented inability to get along with each other if another frightening factor. [The BFR: SpaceX’s Mars Colony Plan in Pictures]
“Last century, we had two major world wars, three if you count the Cold War,” Musk said earlier this month during the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. “I think that it is unlikely that we will never have a war again.”
He stresses that he is not predicting an impending global conflict, the only way that is likely to arise at some point in the future, given humanity track record. If and when the next big war occurs, Musk added, the herald of a planet-wide “dark ages.”
“Then we want to make sure that there’s enough of a seed of human civilization somewhere else to bring civilization back, and maybe shorten the length of the dark ages,” he said. “I think a moon base and a Mars base would probably help to regenerate life back on Earth would be really important, and to get that done for a possible third world War.”
A Mars base would create a stronger civilization stronghold than a moon settlement because the Red Planet is further from the Earth, Musk added. But it is worth setting up a store on both worlds, as each outpost would thin our risk, ” he said.
Musk is not already talking about this subject; SpaceX is developing a huge, reusable rocket-spaceship combo called the BFR, with the main goal of making the colonization of Mars economically feasible. Musk unveiled the latest plans for this transport at a conference in Australia in September last year, and he gave a short progress update on SXSW.
“We are actually building that ship now,” he said, referring to a BFR spaceship prototype. “I think we will probably be able to on short-haul flights, short sort of the up-and-down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year.”
Musk has previously said that, if all goes well with the BFR of the development of the first manned flight to Mars might take off in 2020.
And to go back to existential threats: A global war and its dark ages are not at the top of the Musk is the list of issues. At SXSW, he sounded the alarm about artificial intelligence (AI) and for a certain form of public regulation of the fast-moving technology.
“The danger of the AI is much greater than the danger of nuclear warheads, by a lot, and no one would suggest that anyone can just build nuclear warheads if they want to. That would be insane,” he said.
“If humanity collectively decides that the creation of a digital superintelligence is the right move, then we should do so very, very carefully — very, very carefully,” Musk added. “This is the most important thing that we can do.”
Originally published on Space.com.