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America, chill. What, two people can’t talk politely while having a delightful, thoughtful session anymore? I’ve watched the entire thing and I’d rather do that again than hang out on Twitter. Here are 11 dab-worthy thoughts from the Musk-Rogan encounter.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 7, 2018
Musk agreed it would be great if Mars colonization left Earth’s drug prohibitions behind. Rogan suggests Mars could become a “big Jamaica.”
“That would be great,” Musk replies.
About two hours into the chat, Rogan, an avid cannabis consumer, pulls out a blunt—cannabis wrapped in tobacco. Musk puffs it like a cigar, not holding the smoke in.
He didn’t inhale.
“I know a lot of people like weed and that’s fine, but I don’t find that it’s very good for productivity,” Musk says. “It’s more like a cup of coffee in reverse. … I like to get things done. I like to be useful. Doing something useful for other people. That’s [what] I like doing.”
“Alcohol is a drug,” Musk notes. “It’s just been grandfathered in.”
“It’s true,” Musk tells Rogan. “I might have some mutation like that.”
“It’s just constant ideas bouncing around your head?” Rogan asks.
“All the time. … When I was 5 or 6, I thought I was insane. It was like, hmm, that’s strange. … I hoped they wouldn’t find out ‘cus they might put me away or something.”
At another point Musk says, “I think a lot of people don’t like humanity and see it as a blight. But I do not.”
“About 500 million years,” Musk says. “A future confined to Earth would be sad. … We can be a multi-planet species. We can go to the moon, Mars, the moons of Saturn. We can go to Pluto.”
“Probably not wise,” says Musk. One day they’ll be faster than you can see and they have great memories. Musk, who has warned humanity about artificial intelligence, says he worries less about it now, because he’s given up hope of changing things. “[AI] will be used as a weapon. The danger is humans using it against each other.”
“We’re all collectively programming the AI. … It’s our id writ large. It’s all the things we like, hate and fear — they’re all there on the internet — a projection of our limbic system.”
“It’s kind of amazing you can keep time mechanically on a wristwatch with these tiny little gears,” Musk said.
Musk also sold 50,000 Boring Company hats. “They went fast.” He got the idea for the flamethrower from his favorite movie, Spaceballs.
“It’s on your permanent record,” says Musk. Also, “it’s way easier to be mean on social media than it is in person.”
“Spend more time with your friends and less time on social media,” he advises Rogan. You’ll get a 10 percent happiness boost by deleting social media apps from your phone. “I think people should be nicer to others and give more credit to others. Don’t assume they’re mean until they’re actually mean. It’s easy to demonize people. You’re usually wrong about it. People are nicer than you think. Give people more credit.”
Have a great weekend, ya’ll.