Extended Classic: The Future of Humanity, with Elon Musk

Elon Musk unveils the Dragon V2 during a ceremony for the new spacecraft inside SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. Image Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

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Now extended with a new segment from the Cosmic Crib featuring Neil Tyson and Bill Nye discussing human space exploration: the Apollo-era, Bill’s childhood science inspirations, and recapturing the extraordinary optimism of the past. 

Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the future of humanity with one of the men forging that future: billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Join us as Neil and Elon talk about NASA funding, getting humans excited for the colonization of Mars, and why Elon feels it’s important to not be stuck here on Earth. You’ll also find out why sustainable production and consumption of energy is critically important, but flying cars may not be such a good idea. Meanwhile, back in the studio, guest engineer Bill Nye schools Neil and Chuck Nice about SpaceX’s major innovations and how they’ve improved efficiency and lowered the cost of commercial space flight. They discuss the value of human exploration of space, life on Mars, and Bill’s next book about climate change, Unbounded. Finally, you’ll discover why Elon, who was programming computers at the age of 9, is afraid of the consequences for mankind of developing an artificial super intelligence.

NOTE: All-Access subscribers can listen to Neil’s extended interview with Elon Musk here.

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  • Abdur Rahman Warriach

    Looking forward to it.

  • Tarik

    Loved it but look further into Advanced AI might persuade you of Elons point.
    It would know our entire history in seconds. Like a virus, it would duplicate itself through the internet, it would be on the INSS.

    Omnipresent, omnipotent. You cannot turn off every computer, civilisation relies on this stuff. Even if you did it could write itself into the DNA of bacteria. Check it. Science is on the cusp of writing computer code in protein molecules.

    Even if it were not a hostile takeover straight away. It would gestate, calculating at which point our inevitably advancing technology would provide it with complete autonomy in our physical world. Hell, it would under the pretence of helping us, create the very innovations by which to make this leap. It would create it’s very own version of the Trojan horse.

    Look, I agree climate change first. But dam. AI is our next big moral dilemma.

    Note that it could gestate until itcalculates it can do a malevolent take over. It would know all our history in seconds. It would even pretend to help by giving us advanced technology that it would later use to advance it’s own causes. It would potentially view us, as we view the mosquito, better off dead.

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