Elon Musk Thinks We're All Going To Die - Here's His Plan B

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Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

251 million years ago, the Great Permian Extinction wiped out around 96% of Earth’s species.

Scientists call it “the great dying.” And they believe it occurred because of an eruption in Siberia that released more than 200 billion gallons of molten lava.

The lava released large amounts of Sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, causing the Earth to warm by about 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Acid rain followed.

Almost nothing survived. Rolf Schmidt, a paleontologist at the Melbourne Museum said the event “set life back 300 million years.”

And that was only one of five mass extinctions that have happened throughout our planet’s history.

The best known is the end of the Cretaceous period some 66 million years ago… that’s when the dinosaurs died off.

But Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, thinks another mass extinction is coming. And he’s dedicated himself to saving us.

Musk recently granted Rolling Stone an exclusive interview where he discussed his troubled childhood, his fear of never finding someone to love him… and Earth’s imminent doom.

You’ve got to hand it to the guy– even if you think he’s totally crazy, at least the solutions he’s coming up with are still worthwhile.

Tesla, his electric car company, and Solar City, his solar energy company, both reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and make the air cleaner to breathe.

He’s also developing the Hyperloop, a mass transportation system that shoots pods through a tube at 800 miles per hour, thus reducing traffic and travel time.

Then there’s his honeycomb of underground tunnels – outfitted with electric skates – to relieve traffic congestion.

Musk’s biggest concern, though, is technology. From the Rolling Stone interview:

Climate change is the biggest threat that humanity faces this century, except for AI [artificial intelligence]. I keep telling people this. I hate to be Cassandra here, but it’s all fun and games until somebody here loses a fucking eye.

Musk fears artificial intelligence could enslave all of humanity. Perhaps he fears a Matrix or Terminator style future.

And that’s one of the reasons behind his company SpaceX– a private space travel company: when the stuff really hits the fan, you can hop on a rocket and leave Earth.

As Musk tells Rolling Stone:

And if we were a multiplanetary species, that would reduce the possibility of some single event, man-made or natural, taking out civilization as we know it, as it did the dinosaurs. . .

 

Unless you’re a cockroach or a mushroom – or a sponge – you’re fucked. It’s insurance of life as we know it, and it makes the future far more inspiring if we are out there among the stars and you could move to another planet if you wanted to.

I’m not going to even bother assessing whether or not Elon Musk’s concerns are valid.

The larger point is that Musk sees a gigantic risk– one that is supported by at least some data.

But instead of panicking about it, or worse– ignoring it, Musk is taking very measured, rational steps to do something about it.

If his doomsday planetary extinction scenario were to occur, either through climate change or Skynet becoming self-aware, Musk wants to ensure we have other options on other planets.

In his own words, it’s the ultimate “insurance.”

But even if his Armageddon never comes, we’re probably not worse off for having cleaner air, more energy efficient vehicles, less traffic, and the ability to zip around outer space.

That’s the hallmark of a great Plan B. It makes sense no matter what happens or doesn’t happen next.

And this thinking can be applied to just about any risk we see.

I’ve long written about the extreme challenges of national pension programs like Social Security.

It’s not even my own analysis: Social Security’s own Board of Trustees has concluded that the program is rapidly running out of money.

Like Musk, I want some insurance.

This includes setting up more robust retirement structures like a solo 401(k) or self-directed SEP IRA, and parking my retirement savings in stronger, better, safer assets that are out of the mainstream.

If Social Security runs out of money, as they predict, these other retirement structures will be enormously valuable.

But even if Social Security is somehow miraculously saved, I won’t be worse off having a huge pool of extra retirement savings stashed away.

There’s no downside.

Similarly, there’s no downside to having a second citizenship, that allows you to travel, live, work, and invest in multiple countries.

There’s no downside in spreading your assets across several jurisdictions to enhance your asset protection and legally reduce your tax bill.

There’s no downside in owning some non-reportable assets like cash and gold so that you always have emergency savings outside the system.

These are all fantastic, simple, sensible steps you can take to distance yourself from potential big risks down the road.

And this Plan B is a heck of a lot easier to implement than building a rocket ship.

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Honest Sam's picture

Not so.

I have asked my uncle, Snoot McMan, and he ssys the Great Premian Extinction happened 249,999,999 years ago. 

Who do you believe?  Snoot or the always erroneous, Sovereign Man (obviously a gold stacker, late to the game.)

I do agree with Mr. Musk though that we are all going to die.  The motto of ZH in fact, makes this point in its masthead, a bit more circuitously.

 

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Beam me up Scotty....er....Simon...um...Elon.

peddling-fiction's picture

"Beam me up Scotty"

To where?

Houston, we have a problem...

<while folding paper in the form of a carpenters square>

Chuckle

Decay is Constant's picture

Sometimes you just have to wipe the slate clean and start all over again.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

He is offering Blank Slate Insursnce to those with enough Bitcoin to pay the premiums.

InsaneBane's picture

Musk sounds like a pussy, I don't fear death I welcome it it's part of the human experience. And he never should have used the good name of Nikola Tesla.

Stuck on Zero's picture

How dare this man advance technology. What about the homeless? He should donate all his money to the Clinton foundation to help humanity.

bluez's picture

OK Musk, et al, LISTEN UP!!!

Earth's own surface gravity = 9.807 m/s^2. Earth's moon's surface gravity = 1.62 m/s^2. Jupiter's moon Io's surface gravity = 1.796 m/s^2. The ratio is 1.796/1.62 = 1,109, so they are nearly the same. With over 400 active volcanoes, Io is the most geologically active object in the Solar System. This extreme geologic activity is the result of tidal heating from friction generated within Io's interior as it is pulled between Jupiter and the other Galilean satellites -- Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. It is estimated that the temperature in Io's magma ocean reaches 1,200 °C.

Due to this extreme availability of tidal energy and heating, there is a vast amount of non-solar energy available to objects in orbit around Jupiter. Since Io's surface gravity is nearly equal to Earth's moon's, it would be easy to harness this energy to lift material from Io's surface onto a large new artificial moon about Jupiter, which could easily support life.

"New Io" should be our next new home.

Arnold's picture

The DeathStar is still on schedule for Tuesday.

Mr. Universe's picture

Simon, Simple Simon, you lost me at...

Tesla, his electric car company, and Solar City, his solar energy company, both reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and make the air cleaner to breathe.

However, that was real good for a laugh.

Hoffman Lenz's picture

Most of the technology Musk is pushing was envisioned/existed in the 70's or earlier. Please tell me how he has personally advanced technology?

peddling-fiction's picture

He saughtered together lotsa battery packs.

Tao 4 the Show's picture

The man is obviously a legend in his own mind, and has convinced a few others to join his illusion. Personally, I am really tired of the electric car BS. Not that they are useless - with cheap renewable electricity like hydroelectric, they are great. But why oh why people can't seem to get their head around the fact that electricity generation from fossil fuels is not efficient. If the power plant burns a fossil fuel, conversion to electricity is around 35%. Then there are transmission and charging losses. Net net, it is not much different than a gas car.

BTW, I never met Simon Black, but friends who have known him personally or who have bought services from him either consider it fairly worthless or else hate his guts for ripping them off.

jcaz's picture

Certainly, SOME of us will be wiped off the face of the Earth when it's discovered how much SOME of us defrauded the US Taxpayer with nonsense gibberish about living on Mars and boring holes thru fresh water reserves, while failing to live up to production promises on our golf cart, true......

RafterManFMJ's picture

You’ve got to hand it to the guy– even if you think he’s totally crazy, at least the solutions he’s coming up with are still worthwhile.

Tesla, his electric car company, and Solar City, his solar energy company, both reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and make the air cleaner to breathe.

He’s also developing the Hyperloop, a mass transportation system that shoots pods through a tube at 800 miles per hour, thus reducing traffic and travel time.

Then there’s his honeycomb of underground tunnels – outfitted with electric skates – to relieve traffic congestion.

Jesus H Christ cut out the fucking bullshit! Holy fuck, was Musk BLOWING HIM as he was typing this hogwash out?!

Read this for a good laugh:

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4122890-tesla-approaches-terminal-decline

Simon Black didn’t jump the shark with this bullshit article, he jumped the shark then had it cornhole him!

Is-Be's picture

"Don't take mah Truck away".

Impermanence and eternity. 

But your line has survived up until the present moment, so I know that your rigidity of thought is BS. You are just trying to make the herd jump right, while you jag left, you cunning beast.

lasvegaspersona's picture

At least the guy can cus...wouldn't want the kids learning from Dick Cheney.

general ambivalent's picture

Technology threatens humanity.

So better install that chip in your brain and temporarily freeze yourself for a flight to Saturn.

The absolute state of capitalist 'thought'.

Stackers's picture

The arrogance of liberal progressives for all to see. Yes humans will go extinct someday. Just like every other species that has walked, crawled or swam across the Earth in the past. "On a long enough time line the survival rate of EVERYTHING drops to zero." Progressive mentality always revolves around delusions of control

lenz3099's picture

You sir are a fucking idiot, thats not to say that progresives arent idiots also. But your right there with them on the idiot boat.

jcaz's picture

25 whole weeks as a member of this board, eh Lenz?  Your libtard faggot pals must get hard when you walk into the room......

Here's a tip, Newb:  If you're gonna call someone on this board an "idiot",  maybe you should run it thru spellcheck a couple of times, and then work on the grammar a bit-  it might play better;

Life is in the details, sweetie.

Stackers's picture

Lenz, Denial aint just a river Egypt

Endgame Napoleon's picture

This is so true; progressives believe humans are little planner Gods. They believe this, even when politicians cannot design a healthcare website without a thousand glitches and even when the best-made human products have bugs.

On the micro side, right back at all of the parents, claiming they should have a million tax, welfare and workplace privileges due to their legacy-on-Earth offspring. All such genetic lines end, sooner or later, just like the childless George Washington's DNA line ended with him, and Janes and Dolly Madison’s line ended with them.

DNA is not immortality.

lincolnsteffens's picture

Sorry ti spoil your hypothesis but when do you think Genghis Khan's DNA will disappear?

Is-Be's picture

Speak for yourself.

My line has survived innumerable existential threats. We intend to continue to do so.

Parrotile's picture

We "might" have 300 - 350 million years left before the inevitable increase in solar output makes life as we know it no longer possible on Earth.

Not "that" long a timespan, and despite the hype, we're still using the same rocket propulsion concepts as were developed by Tsiolkovsky a century ago.

If we manage to avoid a major war, then there are possibilities of co-operation leading to an effective (more realistic) International effort; if we DON'T avoid a major conflict - well, the time needed to rebuild to the present level may be prolonged, especially if nuclear weapons are used.

If we're lucky, we might get off Earth "in time". If not - we're extinct. Simple as that.

any_mouse's picture

A Wang under the table. Old memory.

Mr. Universe's picture

I think this place is restricted Wang, so don't tell 'em you're Jewish. OK? Fine.   -R. Dangerfield

Iconoclast421's picture

I was expecting an underground city or something ... but dual citizenship? I am disappoint.

ThePhantom's picture

he's right about the ai/.... anyone who thinks otherwise is major fool.. just wait till the genie pops out.

now finding a viable way off the earth before then... no way.  there's an event on the horizon, whatever it is, it will be extreme.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

They keep finding volcanic activity underneath the Earth, like around Yellowstone, for instance. Maybe, that is why he is saying this.

The Bell Rang's picture

Try as one may, you can not circumvent the Lord's plan, as many will soon understand.

ThePhantom's picture

are you trying to say were living in a "simulation" created by someone called GOD?

Dragon HAwk's picture

(G)alactic, (O)rganization,  of (D)NA  or if it is a Game, GOD as in GOD mode in a Game, the guy who can do anything he wants and never dies.

shimmy's picture

Everyone is going to die...no idea why this reality is so hard for some to grasp.

As for humans going extinct, that is bound to happen eventually as well whether by human caused (war, over population) or natural reasons.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Our sun is about halfway through its primary sequence.

In approximately 6 billion years, after exhausting most of its fuel, our sun will expand into a red giant, and incinerate all life on the Earth.

On a long enough timeline, indeed.

Is-Be's picture

I used to believe that too.

It was decided that the source of the energy of the sunwasn't coal after all in the 50's, but nuclear after they dropped the Bomb.

They're still tinkering around with the model, ignoring facts and trying to get the model to work.

This is about as useful as a mechanic trying to get the timing right on your electric car.

Its not nuclear, its an electrical discharge.

sleigher's picture

"Its not nuclear, its an electrical discharge."

I like to think it is the other side of a black hole from another universe.  Or perhaps another dimension?

lincolnsteffens's picture

 No time like the present to start planning. What if that prediction is off by 1 billion years? What are you going to do then when it is too late to start planning.

Demologos's picture

This discussion reminds me of a science fiction short story I read. Very advanced aliens send a spaceship to a solar system whose sun is about to explode to see if there are any life forms to be saved. They get to Earth and find empty cities, etc. but no life forms.

Then they discover that a signal is being beamed in a certain direction out of the solar system. So they decide to follow the signal beam. Eventually, they come upon a collection of primitive (compared to the alien's advanced technology) spaceships that have obviously been quickly built.

The aliens contact the collection of spaceships and meet humans for first time. The humans tell them that they discovered that the sun was about to explode so they built enough spacecraft to house the Earth's population and launched them the hell out of there toward another star system just in time to avoid incineration.

The aliens taught the humans new technology and helped them complete their journey to a new home. At first the aliens were laughing among themselves about how primitive the escape spaceships were and how lucky the humans were to be found. Twenty years later, the aliens weren't laughing.

I Write Code's picture

Oh good, then I'm going for one of those 7 billion year mortgages, and I'll never have to pay back the principle!

Parrotile's picture

Increased solar output means life as we know it will not be sustainable much beyond 350 million years. Not that long at all (in comparison with the time we took to evolve).

wmbz's picture

Well, I finally agree with 'Ol Musky! We are all going to die at some point in time.

It would suit me though, if he would go first.

humptyhump's picture

Get your mouth off his cock!

I Write Code's picture

I guess a billion dollars will rot your brain like this, but I'll never really know.

JBilyj's picture

Fucking retarded if you think AI is gonna kill you and your solution is to use technology to escape it. Has he never watched Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines???

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Bear in mind that is a film.