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Elon Musk details his technological vision for the future in a new essay in China Cyberspace, the Cyberspace Administration of China’s leading magazine.
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“As technology accelerates, it may one day surpass human understanding and control. Some are optimistic and some are pessimistic. But I believe that as long as we do not become complacent and always maintain a sense of urgency, the future of humanity will be bright, thanks to the power of technology.” Musk wrote, according to essay translation on Yang Liu, journalist from the state Xinhua agency. “It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy: if people want to make the future good, they must act to make it good.”
The billionaire’s essay calls for “more like-minded Chinese partners” to join him in research including clean energy, artificial intelligence, human-machine collaboration and space exploration.
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Below is an overview of the essay highlights from FOX Business.
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The Tesla CEO’s essay begins with a call for humanity to do more to invest in a sustainable energy transition.
“The faster this transition is achieved, the less risk humanity will pose to the environment and the more it will benefit,” he explains. “When clean energy becomes available, carbon sequestration and desalination become cheaper, climate change and water scarcity are solved, and when fossil fuels are out of sight, the sky will be cleaner, the world will be calmer, the air will be cleaner. fresh and the future will be brighter.”
According to Musk, the world needs about 300 terawatt-hours of batteries to transition to sustainable energy. One terawatt is equal to one trillion watts.
“I believe that the world will move towards a sustainable future through a combination of solar and wind energy, as well as batteries and electric vehicles,” he adds. “I am happy to see more and more companies joining this field. Chinese companies will be a force to be reckoned with in energy innovation.”
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When Musk unveiled the Tesla humanoid robot at AI Day last year, he explained that it would be used to replace humans in repetitive, boring, and dangerous tasks. However, in a new essay, he said his vision is for robots to eventually serve millions of households, doing tasks like cooking, lawn mowing and caring for the elderly.
“Achieving this goal requires that robots evolve to become smart enough and that we have the ability to mass-produce robots,” Musk explained. “This year, we are planning to launch the first humanoid robot prototype and will focus on improving the intelligence of this robot and solving the problem of large-scale production. After that, the usefulness of humanoid robots will increase every year as the scale of production increases and costs decrease.”
Musk has teased that Tesla’s home bots could one day be cheaper than cars and in less than a decade be a potential birthday present.
“It can be foreseen that with the help of robots, we will create an era of extreme abundance of goods and services, where everyone can live in abundance,” Musk continued. “Perhaps the only lack that will exist in the future is that we create ourselves as humans.”
Musk is expected to discuss developments with the robot in more detail at the Tesla AI Day: Part II event on September 30.
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Musk has also touted the work of his company Neuralink, which he says “assisting victims at the individual level” through the development of implantable brain-machine interfaces.
He believes Neuralink’s technology will be used to treat or alleviate brain injuries and other related disorders such as severe depression, morbid obesity, sleep problems and schizophrenia.
“This technology could enable humans to effectively integrate with artificial intelligence and ultimately empower people to interact with the world, themselves and others,” he added. “Even if the goal of human-machine integration is elusive, brain-machine interface technology could make a big difference in the field of medical rehabilitation.”
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Finally, the founder and CEO of SpaceX discusses the company’s efforts to make humans interplanetary.
“The first step towards interplanetary habitat is to reduce the cost of travel, which is what SpaceX was created to do – first by building returnable rockets, and then reusable megaships with ever-increasing payload capacity,” says Musk.
SpaceX has successfully reused at least 79 rockets to deliver cargo to the International Space Station and send people into space. In addition, the company is developing its Starship launch vehicle, which is expected to one day carry 100 passengers and cargo to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
During a presentation in February, Musk predicted that Starship could launch from Texas for less than $10 million per flight over two to three years.
“In the future, we plan to build at least 1,000 Starships to send pioneer groups to Mars to build a self-sufficient city,” he added.