Elon Musk has a timeline for his dream of getting to Mars by 2022.
The visionary entrepreneur elaborated on his Mars ambitions in a last minute panel at SXSW.
“In the short term, Mars is really about getting the spaceship built, and we’re making great progress,” he said of SpaceX’s Mars ship.
In fact, Musk believes the spacecraft will take flight as early as next year, but only for short flights.
“We are building the first ship, the first interplanetary ship right now, and I think we will be able to do short flights, short sort of up and down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year,” explained Musk.
But don’t hold that timeline against him. “People have told me that my timelines have historically been optimistic,” the SpaceX and Tesla CEO teased — according to Mashable.
The South Africa-born business magnate also restated his fear of artificial intelligence. “We’re quite close to the cutting edge in AI and it scares the hell out of me,” he confessed.
“We have to figure out some way to ensure that the advent of digital superintelligence is one which is symbiotic with humanity,” Musk continued. “I think that’s the single biggest existential crisis that we face.”
In response to those who have dismissed his doomsay concerns, Musk had this to say: “Mark my words, AI is far more dangerous than nukes.”