Elon Musk Thinks Ticket To Mars Would Cost More Than $1 Trillion If Flying Now

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Recently, Lex Fridman’s podcast released the third interview with Elon Musk, the world’s richest man. In the 2.5-hour interview, Musk answered questions about space, cryptocurrency, Tesla, brain-computer interfaces, consciousness, AI, history, life, and philosophy.

In 5-10 Years, We Will Land In Mars

What attracted our attention more is that in the interview, Elon Musk mentioned that to achieve a manned landing on Mars, it will take 5 years in the best case and 10 years in the worst case.

Starship, “the most complex and advanced rocket” as per Musk, has already undergone static fire tests. The maiden flight is scheduled to go ahead before March. Maybe it will be pushed back a bit because SpaceX is regularly making engineering and design changes to the vehicle to fine-tune. The main reason is to try to make it cheaper. As Elon Musk said, if they decide to start taking people to Mars now, it will cost more than $1 trillion.

However, the team has other problems to solve besides cutting the “cost per ton” prices of Starship. As you know, Musk is planning to establish self-sustaining cities on the Red Planet. And this is going to cost a fortune. But Musk has a concrete plan – He wants to build a colony utilizing solar-powered hydroponic farms underground to grow food.

If everything goes according to Musk’s plan, they will build 1000 Starship rockets and take a million people to Mars by sending three rockets a day.

Tesla Will Become Almost-Fully Autonomous

Elon Musk is sure that Tesla will achieve Level 4 autonomous driving in 2022. But for this, the development of Fully Autonomous Driving (FSD) should achieve some milestones. As many reports prove, Tesla’s autonomous driving system has already outperformed human drivers in preventing accidents.


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FSD is described as a situation that requires a driver to take over when the system understands that it can’t operate independently. So it turns out in the FSD Beta, the automatic disengagement rate is declining. In simple words, Tesla FSD accidents will be much lower than that of ordinary people by next year. Of course, to prove that this works better the ordinary driving, it still will take some time.

Musk: “Well, we must now prove this to the regulator…I think it must be at least two to three times safer than humans, so the probability of injury is two to three times lower than that of humans.”

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By the way, currently, the sphere of self-driving cars is regulated by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The level of self-driving varies from level 0 to level 5. For instance, in level 0, the system has the ability of autonomous driving. Whereas in level 5, the car can drive independently without requiring a driver to take any action.

Youth Has To Learn As Much As Possible

Interestingly, Elon Musk also gave advice to students. He said they should read much, avoid becoming a leader, and help as much as possible.

Also, he was asked what young people should reach something big, Musk simply responded, “try to be useful”.

He also added that this is not a simple task. “It’s very hard to be useful.” So those who want to be truly useful to the world, should “contribute more than consume”.

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Students also have to read and develop their general knowledge. This is the main way to know what’s going on around the world.

Moreover, young people must talk to different kinds of people from all over the world. This will help them to open their mind.

“Talk to people from different walks of life and different industries and professions and skills,” Elon Musk told Fridman.

As a reminder, in an interview given back in 2014, Elon Musk said he looked for “evidence of exceptional ability” in a potential employee, rather than a degree from a prestigious university.

“There is no need even to have a college degree at all, or even high school,” Musk said during an interview with the German automotive publication Auto Bild about his hiring preferences more broadly.

“If somebody graduated from a great university, that may be an indication that they will be capable of great things, but it’s not necessarily the case. If you look at, say, people like Bill Gates or Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, these guys did not graduate from college, but if you had a chance to hire them, of course, that would be a good idea.”

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