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Elon Musk wants to preserve humanity in space


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The SpaceX founder tells the crowd at SXSW that when the next dark age descends, we need some humans stashed on the moon and Mars to keep going.

 

 
Elon Musk wants to save humanity.

That is, in part, what his quest to establish bases on the moon and Mars is all about.

"There's likely to be another dark age," he told the crowd Sunday at the South By Southwest festival. Particularly if there's another world war in Earth's future, he said, we need to make sure "there's enough of a seed of human civilization to bring human civilization back."

While Musk was quick to clarify that he's not exactly making a prediction, he does feel we need to get going before World War III rolls around.

This was just some of the ground Musk covered with moderator Jonathan Nolan, co-creator of HBO's "Westworld." Musk,the founder of multiple companies including SpaceX, Tesla and the Boring Company, is tackling some of the biggest challenges and technological advances of the modern age, like space travel and autonomous vehicles.

He made a two-day stop at SXSW in Austin, Texas, to talk about his work. He also appeared Saturday at the end of a panel with the cast and show creators of the HBO series "Westworld."

 

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