Elon Musk at SXSW 2018: The new Deadlines for Mars project confirmed
Elon Musk has gone through the SXSW festival that has begun in Austin to confirm that the Mars project is underway and that the first test flights of the BFR super-rocket will begin in the second half of 2019. At the time, it has again alerted Artificial Intelligence technologies, in his opinion, “a much greater danger than nuclear weapons. “
Elon Musk is one of the most relevant voices of the current technological entrepreneurship. No wonder, since the co-founder of PayPal is the CEO of the firm that has revolutionized the automotive industry, Tesla Motors, is president of SolarCity (the largest provider of solar energy systems in the United States), and is director of SpaceX technology (in the top-3 of private space exploration) and has significant investments in other companies such as the biotechnology firm Halcyon Molecular.
During his time in Austin, the executive has informed about the deadlines of his biggest project: Create a human colony on Mars. Do not take them “literally” because they have been changing (always delayed on schedule) as the difficulties have been imposed on their will. According to Musk, the superfighter BFR (the one that will take us one day to Mars) will begin “short” test flights in the second half of 2019.
BFR will be the spiritual successor of Falcon Heavy, will deliver the double power of a Saturn V rocket (the most powerful created by NASA) with its 37 Raptor engines and will be able to transport loads of up to 150 tons. It will be completely reusable and in addition to the Martian project ( “Mars Colonial Transporter”), will be able to make trips to the Moon and refueling missions of the space station.
Its primary objective remains to carry the first cargo to Mars in 2022, return to Earth and continue carrying out missions to transport material to the red planet. Finally, it will promote the “Dragon” ship to bring the first humans to Mars, which in the future will have the responsibility of establishing a colony that would grow to accommodate a million humans.
Artificial intelligence is a warning still
Musk does not miss the opportunity to warn of the risks that Artificial Intelligence technologies (uncontrolled) have and in the festival SXSW has once again requested the creation of a public body that has knowledge and supervision to ensure that everyone develops the AI safely. “This is extremely important. The danger of AI is much greater than the danger of nuclear warheads. For a long time”, assured the businessman.
The executive explained that the advances in AI are being enormous and demand “to find some way to guarantee that the advent of digital super intelligence is symbiotic with humanity. I think that this is the greatest existential crisis we are facing, and the most urgent. In general, I am not an advocate of regulation; In fact, I’m on the side of minimizing those things. But this is a case in which there is a very serious danger to the public. “
Musk’s statements against AI technologies are not new. Last September he said that the AI would lead to the third world war if it was not controlled and was one of the standouts among the group of 116 experts in technology and artificial intelligence, who raised a petition to the United Nations to completely ban the use of soldier robots. The businessman clarified that his concern went beyond human leaders and that a great war could be initiated by a smart computer that calculated an attack as the best option.