In an interview with Business Insider, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and the richest man in the world, Elon Musk, named the 3 existential threats he fears most. These are: declining birth rates, religious extremism, and uncontrolled artificial intelligence.
“I think a lot about the birth rate. It may be the biggest threat to the future of civilization. I’m been worried about this for many years because I do not see a tendency to rectify the situation. Every year, things get worse,” Musk said.
The businessman has repeatedly expressed his opinion on the issue. Most importantly, his fears are not really unfounded. According to the World Bank, globally, the birth rate began to decline in the 1960s and continues to this day.
It turned out that Musk was not necessarily afraid of death. This is against the background of, for example, Jeff Bezos trying to create anti-aging technology.
“I wish I could stay healthy for a long time, but I’m not afraid of death. I think it will be a relief,” said the businessman, stressing that they had to live long enough to see SpaceX fully realized.
He hopes that in the future humans will be able to build a city with sustainable resources on Mars, as this will extend the life of humanity.
“I think we have a little candle of consciousness that brings a little light into emptiness and darkness. Nobody wants to put it out,” we read in the interview.