Tesla Motors head Elon Musk has got his head in the clouds. Actually, he's thinking about the area above our clouds: creating a way for people to live on Mars. Or, as he puts it, making life "multi-planetary."

Musk was on The Daily Show last night and talked mostly about the company he runs that isn't about electric cars, SpaceX, whose main goal is to explore nearby space and find a way for people to live Up There. While SpaceX was the main topic of conversation, Musk did mention Tesla a few times, and said that sustainable energy on earth is an easier – and more important – goal than moving humans to Mars (maybe John Carter helped make this clear?). Musk also mentions the idea of the "tragedy of the commons," so go read up on that before watching this one if you're unfamiliar with that term. You can watch the interview by scrolling down.





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      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      @ Daryl Mc " Maybe I don't know too much but it's hard to imagine the likes of China being any more repressive than the governments here" . The irony is that you post such a remark on an uncensored internet! This would not be possible in the PRC. You, and I, are lucky to be citizens of one of the most prosperous and advanced democracies in the world. The PRC executes more of it's citizens than any other nation on the planet. Ask a Tibetan how he feels about the PRC ! Ask the unfortunate members of the ' Falun Gong' persecuted and murdered by the PRC for unfathomable reasons. Ask the millions in forced Labour Camps and prisons, whose only offence was to expose or oppose corruption. Ask ...... the list goes on and on ! Now, tell me, can you imagine any of those things occurring in Australia, at anytime, let alone for decades ?! I will agree that there are many changes I would like to see in the UK and Australia, to expand and reinforce civil liberties, but they pale into insignificance in comparison to the repressiveness of the PRC. I am no supporter of socialism, but I do recognise that the government has a mandate to both regulate, and trustee of taxpayer money, use tax funds to ensure economic stability. Where Dave and I disagree, is Dave believes government should own and operate businesses to provide services, where I believe the government should restrict it's involvement to being a customer, (on behalf of the taxpayer), and leave private, competitive business, to provide the same services. Obviously, there are some activities which only government can operate. Dave and I , only really differ on degree, not on the fundamental principles of modern democracy. Fortunately, Australia has escaped experiencing the worst of the racist right, and evaded the unrealistic leftist response to problems created by the decay of obsolete heavy industries, overpopulation, and stagnant growth. (The UK may have been economically better off, not joining the EU, but sticking with the Commonwealth, and through the Commonwealth trade connections with Asia. )
      DarylMc
      • 2 Years Ago
      marco eg I was trying to say I think we are more socialist here than China regardless how they view it. How I got to post it with the complete opposite word in place I will leave to your imagination but I was doing a lot of editing and not a lot of thinking obviously.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Life is probably already multi-planetary. Just not our type of life.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        actually... there are humans in other star systems. if you thought the white man has too much power here on earth, wait till you meet the boys from the hood : ) aryan nation, as if straight out of hitler's dreams. but with a pleasant disposition. and good looks. reality is pretty weird.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          UFO Dan is back! Yeaaaah! :-D
          marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          @DF, "I have an abductee from south africa ..big boobs and big muscles. perfect skin, no make up". No DF, if this is true you should immediately let him go and hand yourself in for treatment ! OTOH, perhaps you have a future on porno sites?
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          "if this is true you should immediately let him go and hand yourself in for treatment !" ROTFLMAO! That's funny.
          sirvixisvexed
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          HAHAHAHA. I've seen a pretty decent many hours of UFO specials in my life, (there's good info if you sort through the BS) and based on all the things I heard, I'd have to agree with you, but never really thought of it like that before LOL.
          Human
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          Who the !"·$ gave this nut-job access to a computer and the internet?
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          YOU are pretty weird.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          Dan isn't crazy, he's just Mormon.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          2WM, I know but in a good way : ) sirvix, : ) not only that but I have intel to suggest that some of them are down right racist too : ) I have an abductee from south africa (not by the classic grey) and he says he sometimes see south african military officials onboard the ET ship because they have a standing relationship with technology exchange. then I asked if any of the officials have been black and he said no, they don't want blacks because they don't trust them : ) these weren't the white human ETs though. they are socially very limited and emotionally stunted compared to us. almost a beehive like social division. there are many fascinating surprises among the ETs. and of course they have some pretty delicious tech but that's to be expected. not so wild though that we couldn't quickly get used to it. their lives are not that different from ours really and they are surprisingly limited and fallible. and mortal. disease is a thing of the past for them though as well as genetic flaws. particularly the human ETs have a striking formula. big boobs and big muscles. perfect skin, no make up. pretty weird : )
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          I've seen some of Dan F's source materials. This stuff is serious... just wait for the meteorblitzkreig! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lJAw_BtM2g&feature=related
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        "Life is probably already multi-planetary. Just not our type of life." Considering there are 170 billion galaxies (known) with a couple hundred billion stars in each, and recently we've seen that it's common for planets to be around stars, the odds are certainly in favor of life being around somewhere. The Drake Equation puts a formula for how much, but there are so many variables you can pretty much make it up. Humanity hasn't realistically found anything that is similar enough to us to recognise - yet. It's a big Universe and Elon is right that we need to get off the planet in a significant way before an "uh-oh" happens. The sooner the better. We're at 7 billion people and still going...
          Larz Larzen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          So get a vasectomy
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          I think life is extremely difficult to find because: 1) We don't have instrumentation that could detect it at such vast distances; and 2) Intelligent life is probably extremely rare. Most life has pretty much zero intelligence.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          I happily, for me, haven't had children.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          That's built into the Drake Equation. A dog is intelligent, as are monkeys, dolphins, and killer whales. Each can, and do, communicate with humans regularly. They don't make radios or build machines that generate X-rays and Gamma rays that, if they were on another planet, humans would recognise as intelligent life. You can believe as Dan does that there are aliens everywhere but that they want to keep themselves "secret" from us lowly humans. But that is the stuff of science fiction, IMO, and makes for fun stories, but not reality. I also don't believe in elves, Santa Claus, or the Easter Bunny, though they also make good stories.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      The insane 1%, that's what they're looking for. A trip to a desolate water starved planet [ Earth ] because Mars is too expensive.
        EVnerdGene
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        "water starved planet" ? We're the blue planet cause we're 3/4 covered with water.
          EVnerdGene
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          fish don't have any problem drinking it how about solar desalination (like in my backyard)
          Ernie Dunbar
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          *cough* Yeah. That 3/4 of the earth is covered in *clean*, fresh, drinkable water. Uh huh. Saudi Arabia for instance, is basically turning oil into water by powering desalination plants with oil. Because the water wells they have now can't keep up with their populations.
      SpacePort-Terra Spt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait till Elon get's a load of us. :-) /Competition is a great thing //see ya on Mars
      Archonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to see this episode in Canada damn it! Can anyone provide the link?
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      rocketry has no real future, it's simply too inefficient a way to get to space for it to have any lasting role. so that part of spacex does not interest me. what does interest me however is that if spacex is allowed to be a player by nasa or other countries he will have to be confronted with the ET secrecy sooner or later. ET vehicles come and go on a daily basis so unless spacex blindly hands over the hardware and lets nasa operate it entirely alone he will be confronted with the beast that hides in the shadows, the bastard military mind and it's satanic need for control and evil. it will be interesting to see if Elon will play ball or take a stand. Elon has on several occasions demonstrated very poor ethics so I don't expect him to do the right thing but you never know what will happen when egos meet.
        DarylMc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Hey Dan Frederiksen A complete nutter seems to have hijacked your account. You should change your password asap.
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Dan, you really need to see a good shrink. Everything you write about involves conspiracies. That's no way to go through life.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone said Elon was a genius for running a bunch of companies and having 5 kids. News Alert: Having 5 kids is very easy, especially when you are married to the babe to which he was married. Trust me anyone can do that. Paying for them is the hard part. He had that covered long ago. Getting to space? Now that's hard, even with tons of money.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's not "having" the kids that has earned him praise... but the fact he still manages to be a father and spend time with them. A few interviews seem to portray him as a loving family man.
      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      DaveMart Well, it's all a matter of what you term as 'socialism'. I realise that the old socialists who really believed in socialism, could nowadays hold there meetings in a telephone booth! Modern 'chardonnay socialists' try to forget the old doctrines which seemed so exciting when they were young, but it was the Union of Soviet 'Socialist' Republics. Until Tony Blair, the Labour Party still espoused "Nationalisation of the means of "Production, distribution, and exchange!" as an integral part of it's manifesto. I chose 1968, as this was the apex of socialist influence. The massive student demonstrations, Tet offencive, crushing of the Prague spring, leftist cultural revolutions and the height of Trade Union power. Since we are roughly the same age, we remember the same era, a brave new world of revolution, and overthrow of the old order! Except that's not what happened. Oh, the old order disappeared alright, (it was already dead) but the 'revolution' (like all revolutions) devoured it's own children ! It took another generation of decay and misery, before Margret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Deng Xiaoping and Mikhail Gorbachev, could overthrow the older order and restore prosperity and relative peace. The world isn't perfect, but it better than the misery and catastrophes created by Utopian idea's of Socialism, fascism, and every other 'ism' !
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      ^--- well stated.. Some considered Steve Jobs to be a man-god, but there is another fellow that is guilty of stepping over everything in his way. We are not voting for a politician here. Think about what these guys have achieved, and what their businesses did.. the other elements are not so important.
      DarylMc
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love to watch the videos if anyone can provide another link. This one doesn't work in Australia.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nicely said, 2WM. And too true, Marco. Many driven and especially successful people self destruct. Often a great person gets caught up in the journey and a goal once achieved becomes lost (Tiger Woods is one example, there are a lot of musicians this happens to). Elon has picked some lofty goals and for the most part they go beyond even his lifetime. His danger, IMO, is hubris, distraction, and loss of his fan base. He's on movies and TV, so he likes being in the spotlight, hopefully he doesn't grow to need that attention. So far, I like what I see, and I really agree with his goals.
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