An interview with ELON MUSK
Chief Executive Officer, SpaceX
Moderator: VIJAY VAITHEESWARAN
Global Correspondent, The Economist
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Elon Musk is an entrepreneur and a co-founder of SpaceX. He was an early investor in PayPal. He is chairman of Tesla Motors and SolarCity.
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance editor. Kirkus Reviews has called Need, Speed, and Greed, Vaitheeswaran’s new book on global innovation, “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk outlines why he thinks investing in space exploration is important. He argues that he started SpaceX not out of pessimism about the human race, but rather because he believes moving to the cosmos is an important step in human evolution.
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Why should we become multi-planetary:
To gain complete control in the survival of the human race and all of our accumulated knowledge.
We don't just need to become multi-planetary we need to become multi-solar system.
Currently the human race is living on a giant rock which is on a set course around the sun. First we must become self-sustainable here and then we can seek to colonize abroad.
I like the idea of sending robot ships to the 3 stars and building human planet like structures with the Earth microbes, plants, etcetra and then sending the human spacer life as a follow on. Maybe 12 artificial worlds could be built.
At half the speed of light it will take some time for us to spread out over our Galaxy let alone the 200 or so billion galaxy's we know.
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