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Elon Musk Says Humans Trying To Live Longer Would Stop Society From Advancing

By: April Carson

Elon Musk claims that the United States has "very ancient leadership," old ideas "wouldn't advance" society.

In an interview with Axios, Elon Musk said that humans trying to extend their lives would stop society from advancing. "There are many things that would slow down society if people had longer lifespans," he said.

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and Space X, said in a recent interview that he doesn't believe people should live longer because their old ideas would "asphyxiate society," delaying progress.

In an interview with Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Business Insider's parent company Axel Springer, at the Tesla Factory in Freemont, California, Elon Musk listed declining birthrates as "the single most serious risk to human civilization."

"I don't think we should try to have people live for a very long time. Because the fact is that most individuals don't change their minds, and if they didn't die, society would be trapped with outdated ideas and wouldn't move forward," Musk stated.

To operate effectively, Musk argued that political leadership should be 10 to 20 years old on average. When pressed on his own humanity, Musk stated that while keeping his health is critical, he isn't afraid of dying since it would "seem like a release."

"I believe that we already have a serious problem with gerontocracy, in which the leaders of so many countries are extremely old," Musk told Döpfner. "It's really difficult to stay in touch with people if you're several generations older than they are."

"The creators of the United States established a minimal age for a local office. However, they didn't anticipate that people would live so long, therefore they didn't set any maximum ages. They should have," he continued. "Because in order for a democracy to run, its leaders must be in touch with the majority of the people. And if you have people who are several generations older, they're not going to be in touch with the majority of the people."

"In fact, if you want to live longer, it's probably best not to encourage others to do the same," Musk said. "It sounds a bit like Malthusian thinking, but I think it's more subtle than that. If people are encouraged to live longer, then the whole population ends up becoming pensioners."

"This has a really bad effect on economic growth," Musk said. "It's actually a very serious problem. You need young people who are innovative and want to make things better."

Within just 48 hours, Musk first began deploying Starlink terminals to Ukraine after Russian cyber-attacks and shelling caused internet connectivity to be lost in the first days of the invasion. Despite Russia's anti-satellite missile demonstration a few months ago, Musk said he didn't think Russians would be able to destroy 2,000 of Starlink's satellites fast enough. In the short term, Russia's decision to cease deliveries of rocket engines to American firms in response to sanctions over the Ukraine conflict may affect Boeing and Lockheed until they transition toward Blue Origin engines, Musk said.

"I feel I can be of assistance in conflicts," Musk stated about his work keeping Ukrainians online during the conflict thus far. "I try to take a set of measures that are most likely to enhance the likelihood of a good future. Of course, sometimes I make mistakes in this area. I do whatever I believe is most likely to ensure that humanity's future is bright. Those are the actions I'll take."

Despite his rumored net worth of $260 billion and roughly 80 million Twitter followers, Musk described himself as a lonely individual who would describe himself as "medium satisfied."

"I'm sure there are times when everyone is lonely. But it's really simple," Musk explained. "Say I'm working on the spaceship rocket and I'm stuck in my little house by myself, especially if my dog isn't with me because I'm just in a little house by myself with no dog."

"I think what I'll do is just get on the internet and look at cute pictures of dogs," he continued. "That will make me feel a little bit better."

Musk and Canadian musician Grimes have broken up again, although the pair's second kid, a daughter, was born via surrogate months ago.

Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive officer and founder, called it "total madness" for Germany to be shutting down its remaining nuclear power stations this year, adding that doing so amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine put the country in danger.

According to German news agency DPA, the country's economy minister Robert Habeck said earlier this month that Germany needs to enhance alternative energy sources at "Tesla space" in order to reduce reliance on Russian gas.

"As far as I can tell, solar energy will be the major method of power for society in the future," Musk told Döpfner. "However, between now and then, it's critical to maintain nuclear energy, especially in Germany and other countries where there is no significant natural catastrophe danger."

Elon Musk also talked about his ambitions to merge AI and human consciousness, as well as his efforts to build Optimus, Neuralink, and Starship technologies. "AI is the best or worst thing ever, we need to be super careful. It can be used for good or bad. I'm increasingly inclined to believe that it will be used for bad unless we have a Terminator-style scenario where we have AI fighting against AI."

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