SpaceX made a Falcon Heavy launch video with Westworld creators

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Billionaire Elon Musk (in the black hat) and his brother, Kimbal Musk (in the white hat), join in a rendition of "My Little Buttercup" at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

As reported by the Verge, the video was created by a different Mask directed by Jonathan Nolan. Readers may remember in early 2017 when he talked about building a "Big Falcon Rocket" (BFR) that would be capable of traveling anywhere on Earth in under an hour. (Read into that what you will, he said.) Musk wants to see the rocket take short flights up and down in the first half of next year.

I think we should all be taking a leaf out of Elon Musk's book.

Musk also said once SpaceX's ship is built, he imagines it as a proofpoint for national space programs that will then "up their game and build interplanetary vehicles as well". The spacecraft would ultimately be able to make missions to the Moon or Mars, Musk said. He was quick to hedge his claim, noting that his timelines tend to be "optimistic" (remember how Falcon Heavy was supposed to launch in 2013?), but this at least gives you a timeframe.

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"The rate of improvement is really dramatic, but we have to figure out some way to ensure that the advent of digital super intelligence is one which is symbiotic with humanity".

Whether an AI-induced third World War is what drives us off the planet, he didn't say. "I think that's the single biggest existential crisis that we face".

It was Musk's long-range plan for sending settlers to Mars that took up most of the attention.

"For the early people that go to Mars, it will be far more unsafe", he said. Musk cited the iconic entertainer Fred Astaire and hip-hop artist Kanye West.