While Musk was quick to say he's not exactly making a prediction, he does feel we need to get going before World War III rolls around. Coupled with his SpaceX venture aimed at sending people into outer space, Musk said he's preparing for the possibility that another Dark Ages will hit the Earth.
On Saturday, it was Elon Musk, who made an appearance at a panel hosted by "Westworld" creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.
For those unfamiliar with the popular HBO show, Westworld is based on the 1973 film of the same name. Instead, and perhaps even more appropriately, it's the sweeping "Life on Mars", from 1971's Hunky Dory. However, a recent video posted on the SpaceX CEO's Twitter account sent a reminder that sometimes, innovation does more than solving a problem. "Mars should really have great bars", he said.
The electric carmaker originally said it would make 20,000 Model 3 vehicles per month by December 2017, but the company only delivered 1,550 in the entire fourth quarter of 2017.
The big focus right now, thought, is just building the spaceship - code named the BFR. "I think we'll be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, sometime in the first half of next year". If the utility function of artificial intelligence is to maximise happiness of humans, a super-intelligent AI might decide that the best way to do that is to capture all humans and inject their brains with dopamine and serotonin. Musk's been known to express concerns that AI could bring about the next World War and Sunday's Q&A was no different.
"Why Falcon Heavy & Starman?" the billionaire entrepreneur said.
He suggested a public regulatory body would need "insight and oversight" to confirm that everyone was developing AI safely and in a way that is "symbiotic with humanity".
But hey, the salvation of humanity might just come with Martian pizza joints.