Elon Musk reveals the 3 greatest existential threats to human survival

From his point of view, Tesla founder Elon Musk has identified the three greatest existential threats facing people – with falling birth rates worldwide at the top of the list.

The billionaire, who has spoken at length about his belief that people don’t have enough children, reiterated his concerns when asked to reveal his “biggest fear”. Musk said humanity’s declining birthrate is “disturbing [him] for many years,” adding that he drives his friends “crazy” by bringing it up so often.

“I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the birth rate thing,” Musk said said in an interview published with Axel Springer boss Mathias Döpfner at the weekend. “This may be the single greatest threat to the future of human civilization.”

Musk identified two other leading existential threats: his fears of “artificial intelligence going awry” and the rise of what he called “religious extremism.”

Musk’s fear was reflected in recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. birth rate fell 4% from 2019 to 2020, marking the sixth straight year of declines and the lowest number of births since 1979.

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Elon Musk is outspoken about his belief that people don’t have enough children.
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“Most people in the world have the wrong impression that we have too many people. That is not true. The birth rate has gone down like crazy,” Musk added. “Unfortunately, we have these ridiculous UN population estimates that need updating because they just don’t make sense.”

Last December, Musk warned that if birthrates don’t recover, civilization will “crumble.”

Musk’s company Tesla is taking steps to address the possibility of future labor shortages. The company is developing a humanoid “Tesla bot” capable of performing basic tasks and chores — an initiative Musk claims will eventually outgrow his electric car business.

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Elon Musk has warned that a rogue artificial intelligence could threaten humanity.
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The SpaceX founder also reiterated his long-term goal of establishing a permanent human colony on Mars – arguing that it would extend the lifespan of humanity.

“I would be happy if humanity had a self-sufficient city on Mars because then the likely lifespan of humanity is much longer,” Musk said. “I think we really just got this little candle of consciousness, like a little light in the void. And we don’t want that little candle in the dark to be snuffed out.” Elon Musk reveals the 3 greatest existential threats to human survival


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