Elon Musk presents his vision for the future: aliens, tunnels and rocket travel | technology
Sitting in the dark, wearing a traditional Indonesian tie-dye shirt and surrounded by candles, Elon Musk on Monday presented a vision for the future that includes aliens, deep tunnels and rocket cruises.
The billionaire and new owner of Twitter appeared in a video aimed at businesspeople in Bali on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Only his face and hands are visible on a black background.
“We had a power outage three minutes prior to this call. That’s why I’m groping in the dark,” Musk said of Indonesian businessman Anindia Bakri.
When asked why he didn’t travel to the Indonesian island, Musk joked that “the workload has increased a lot lately” after he took over Twitter.
And he had nothing further to say about the controversial takeover, which involved laying off thousands of employees and charging for verified accounts. However, he supported increasing the duration of videos on Twitter and increasing revenue from creator posts.
Aside from the Twitter issue, the conversation turned to more complex topics like digging deep underground tunnels to fight traffic jams, flying rockets around the world in under an hour, and discovering extraterrestrial life in space.
“Maybe we’ll find extraterrestrial civilizations or discover civilizations that existed millions of years ago,” Musk said. “I think going there and exploring the galaxy would be very interesting.”
Then the head of electric car maker Tesla spoke about the advantages of underground tunnels compared to flying cars to tackle congestion, saying the cars “fall on their heads” and are bad for privacy.
“Electric cars and tunnels are definitely the answer to the worst traffic jams that can happen in any city because you can drive down as many deep layers as you want until the traffic jam clears,” Musk added.
Aside from his “optimistic” view of Indonesia’s future as a developing country, the intervention mostly focused on his strange and bold view of Earth’s future.
Jakarta has urged Elon Musk to use Indonesia as a launch pad for a SpaceX rocket, citing the advantages of a location near the equator.
But Musk said he would like to build rocket launchers around the world that would allow people to travel “to the other side of the world” at 20 times the speed of sound.
“I think that would really open up the world if you could travel anywhere in less than an hour,” he said.
But for all his bold dreams for the future, Musk – the world’s richest man – couldn’t help but joke that he, too, is at the mercy of the earth’s energy fluctuations.
“I’m just watching this video and it’s very strange, I’m sitting here in the dark surrounded by candles. That’s the funniest thing,” he said.
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