SXSW: Elon Musk Didn't Get Much Sleep This Weekend Either

SXSW: Elon Musk Didn't Get Much Sleep This Weekend Either

They have to be things that "make you glad to wake up in the morning", and concepts like electric cars and space travel certainly qualify.

Elon Musk promised a short film about the inaugural Falcon Heavy launch from the team behind Westworld, and he delivered. Musk said a year ago that human landings on Mars could happen by 2024.

"We are building the first ship, or interplanetary ship, right now", Musk said during a surprise Q&A session at South by Southwest.

As reported by the Verge, the video was created by a different Mask directed by Jonathan Nolan. Musk, who is the founder of multiple companies, including SpaceX, Tesla and the Boring Company, is tackling some of the biggest challenges and technological advances of the modern age, like space travel and autonomous vehicles. He also appeared on Saturday at the end of a panel with the cast and show creators of the HBO series "Westworld". Appropriately set to David Bowie's Life on Mars, the video is quite breathtaking.

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While the tech icon has frequently been forced to deny plans to name himself ruler of the red planet, he already has ideas for "entrepreneurial opportunit (ies)" including "iron foundries and pizza joints". He had to borrow money from friends to keep going.

"The only way I know how to express it: we cut a trailer", he said. (Read into that what you will, he said.) Musk wants to see the rocket take short flights up and down in the first half of next year. "People have told me that my timelines historically have been optimistic", he said to great laughter from the audience. "We have to figure out some way to ensure that the advent of digital superintelligence is one which is symbiotic with humanity".

"Last century we had two massive world wars, three if you count the Cold War, I think it's unlikely that we'll never have a world war again. this has been our pattern in the past".

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