Elon Musk: Short trips to Mars 'next year'

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Elon Musk has a timeline for his dream of getting to Mars by 2022. (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. The company is still way behind on its production targets. "Once we have it, we'll have a sort of point of proof, something that other countries and companies will go and do". I think a Mars base and a Moon base that could help regenerate life back on Earth would be really important and to get that done before a possible World War III. The ultimate goal is to establish a self-sustaining colony on the Red Planet.

SpaceX's BFR rocket system is considered to be the successor to Falcon Heavy, and it's current design would use a total of 37 Raptor engines (31 on the booster rocket, and 6 on the spacecraft) that could possibly deliver twice the boost of a Saturn V rocket. "Most likely, the form of government on Mars would be somewhat of a direct democracy", he said, with settlers having a direct vote on individual issues.

He said some of the main focuses once humans arrive on Mars will be to build domes, power plants and places to grow crops.

"Holy flying f-, that thing took off", Musk said. From there, he said he hopes for an explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity from iron foundries to pizza joints and even great bars, which he joked would be called the "Mars Bar".

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"Mark my words: AI is far more risky than nukes, by far, so why do we have no regulatory oversight, this is insane". There needs to be a public body that has insight and oversight so that everyone is delivering AI safely.

The short film may have been a different angle for the Westworld team, but they showcased their ability to create an eclectic film portraying the time, effort and process of the Falcon Heavy launch as if we were involved ourselves - and let's face it, we wish we were. So why do we have no regulatory oversight?

"It kind of reads like [Ernest] Shackleton's ad to Antarctic explorers: It's hard, dangerous, good chance you will die, excitement for those who survive, that kind of thing", Musk said.

The prevailing mood here, of course, is that Mr Musk is a visionary of the highest order.

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