The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX likes to dream big, and sometimes he makes some bold predictions about the future. If Elon Musk’s vision of the future proves to be correct, we’ll zipping around in driverless cars by 2018 and colonizing Mars not long thereafter. Elon Musk worries about the future of the human race, and is particularly concerned with how we might be hastening our own demise.
Musk has confessed to a host of fears that probably haven’t occurred to citizens of lesser intellectual ambition. Here are five things Elon Musk is afraid of,
1. AI is a fundamental risk to the existence
Tesla founder Elon Musk believes artificial intelligence could prove to be one of the most destructive technological innovations for the human race, unless governments are “proactive” in regulation.
Asked if robots were likely to replace a large proportion of the workforce in the future, Musk added that the race to develop new technology is not without dangers.
“I certainly have fear of failure,” the billionaire said at a 2013 tech conference, disputing the notion that tech entrepreneurs are particularly gifted at embracing failure on their hard-won paths to glory and disruption. Musk recounted tough times at SpaceX’s conception, including financial woes that threatened to destroy the company after its first three launches failed.
“I was so tense [during the fourth launch]that when it succeeded I didn’t actually feel elation—just stress relief, that’s all,” Musk said.
3. Flying cars
Musk told he thinks flying cars are a dumb idea for city travel. He sounded alarms about flying cars, mostly on account of the increased risk of the vehicles falling out of the sky and killing people. Musk said flying cars need to generate a lot of downward force to not fall out of the sky, which would result in a lot of wind and noise for people on the ground.
4. Vacation fears
Elon Musk shared he is afraid of taking a break. He was quoted as saying:
The first time I took a week off, the Orbital Sciences rocket exploded and Richard Branson’s rocket exploded. In that same week. The second time I took a week off, my rocket exploded. The lesson here is don’t take a week off.
Elon Musk mention that capitalism is the agenda of corralling all of the world’s resources into private ownership. This is known as closing the commons. Once achieved no man could be self-sufficient. Gone would be the days when a man could hunt wild game, graze cattle on an open range or clear the land to farm and grow crops.
Fast forward 200 years and this same man can no longer collect rain water in his own ponds on his own property because the water is owned by a corporation that purchased that year’s rainfall. If he is a farmer he can no longer grow food because a corporation owns the patent on the genetic structure of the plants and animals that he is raising.