Elon Musk future predictions- “I think it’s important to have a future that is inspiring and appealing. I just think there have to be reasons that you get up in the morning and you want to live. Like, why do you want to live? What’s the point? What inspires you? What do you love about the future?” so says billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk in his 2017 TED talk.
For Musk, that means building a reality where humans live on multiple planets. “And if we’re not out there, if the future does not include being out there among the stars and being a multiplanet species, I find that it’s incredibly depressing if that’s not the future that we’re going to have,” Musk says.
And when Musk thinks about the future, he does so like an engineer — practically, carefully and with a flow chart of probable outcomes.
“I look at the future from the standpoint of probabilities. It’s like a branching stream of probabilities, and there are actions that we can take that affect those probabilities or that accelerate one thing or slow down another thing,” he says.
Indeed, with his electric car company Tesla, his spacecraft company SpaceX and his tunneling venture The Boring Company, the tech entrepreneur is says he’s helping shape the future.
As everyone looks toward 2019, here are three predictions for the future from the entrepreneur.
In 7 to 10 years, the first humans will colonize Mars
In November, Musk said it will be seven to 10 years until the first group of humans colonize Mars.
7 to 10 years
In the same Twitter conversation, he said he imagines it will be “engineers, artists and creatives of all kinds” who will go to Mars first.
A human landing on Mars is now not far away. I only hope the first wave of explorers will be poets & not real estate developers… https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/science-environment-46351114?__twitter_impression=true …
Mars: Nasa lands InSight robot to study planet’s interior
The US space agency’s robot is the first mission aiming to study the Red Planet’s deep interior.
Engineers, artists & creators of all kinds. There is so much to build.
It will be incredibly risky for those who go first to Mars, Musk said.
“It’s gonna be hard, there’s a good chance of death, going in a little can through deep space, you might land successfully, once you land successfully you’ll be working non-stop to build the base — so not much time for leisure — and once you get there, even after all this, there’s a very harsh environment, so there’s a good chance you’ll die there. We think you can come back but we’re not sure,” Musk told Axios.
SpaceX aims to get an unmanned cargo rocket to Mars in 2024, according to Musk. “Hopefully, there are people on board. But I think there’s a pretty good chance of at least having an unmanned craft go to Mars. I think we will try to do this,” Musk told Kara Swisher in October.
You will be able to connect your brain to computers in 10 years
As if Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company weren’t enough to keep Musk busy, he also has a company, Neuralink, that is “developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers,” as the company’s website explains.
“The long-term aspiration with Neuralink would be to achieve a symbiosis with artificial intelligence…to achieve a sort of democratization of intelligence, such that it is not monopolistically held in a purely digital form by governments and large corporations,” Musk told Axios in November.