Elon Musk: SpaceX Mars spaceships ready by next year

Courtesy of Matt Lief Anderson  HBO

Courtesy of Matt Lief Anderson HBO

My point was AI is far more risky than nukes.

Elon Musk told a packed theater at SXSW, "Mark my words: AI is far more risky than nukes". "For the early people that go to Mars, it will be far more risky".

"It kind of reads like Shackleton's ad for Antarctic explorers: hard, dangerous, a good chance you'll die, excitement for those who survive", Musk said when describing the types of people who will be the planet's first pioneers. Finally, Musk and his brother, who joined the space entrepreneur onstage near the end of the talk, capped things off by donning cowboy hats and dancing on stage.

Musk had about $180 million from being a co-founder of PayPal and thought he could allocate half that sum to SpaceX, Tesla and another of his company ventures. "Although sometimes, my timelines are a little, y'know." he said to laughter, before trailing off, according to the BBC.

Speaking before a stoked crowd of fans, the businessman said SpaceX is doing well in building the ship and booster of the BFR, the company's rocketship targeted for travel to Mars. The program has been trained at the Chinese game Go and, in 2016, it was able to to defeat every other piece of Go software as well as world champion Lee Sedol, beating him 4 times out of 5.

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He also expects a colony on Mars to help ensure the survival of the human race, calling out issues such as another world war, saying it's "unlikely" there would not be another one. But after this, he promised an "explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity, because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints to night clubs". That's where the BFR, or Big Falcon Rocket, comes in. The company eventually wants to set up a long-term human colony on Mars.

This still image taken from a SpaceX livestream video shows "Starman" sitting in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster after the Falcon Heavy rocket delivered it into orbit around the Earth on February 6, 2018.

Nolan was invited to the recent launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket and tried to capture and distill the enthusiasm he felt on that day in a trailer he directed and edited of the launch.

Comments such as these are likely to only add to the good will that Musk has built up for SpaceX, both good and bad.

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