[ Explosion ] -Aah! -Well, well, well. Welcome to my talk show. -Aaaaaaaaaaah!
-[ Chuckles ] -Take a sip from your soul On a metaphysical milkshake -[ Chuckles ] Tasty chicken burger. [ Laughs ] Sure.
[ Laughs ] -You may be a billionaire…
-Yeah. -…entrepreneur, inventor… man extraordinaire. You’re not getting
any of my chicken burger. -All right.
No problem. I can do
without the chicken burger. -It’s so good.
-[ Laughs ] -Mr. Musk —
Can I call you “Mr. Musk”? -Yeah, sure.
-Mr. Musk invented — helped co-create PayPal and then Tesla Motors, and then — if that’s
not enough — SpaceX. And now you’re in Solar —
What’s it called, SolarCity? -Right.
SolarCity, yeah. -You may be
the first billionaire that has ever been
in the back of a van before. So, as you know, this van has
some very special, peculiar qualities. Where do you want to go?
Anywhere. Anywhere in the universe.
-Mars. -Mars. Wow, we’re there. -Why did you want
to go to Mars? -Because I think
that’s the best place where humanity can become
a multi-planet species and a spacefaring civilization
because I think that’s one of the most important things
that we could accomplish. In fact, I think
it’s important enough that it would actually fit on
the scale of evolution itself. You know, I think it’s perhaps
at least as important as life going
from the oceans to land. The probability
of consciousness existing for a long time would be much
greater if we’re on two planets. -Why would consciousness exist
for a long time if we’re on two planets? -Well, because
if something catastrophic were to happen to Earth,
then life would still exist on another planet.
-You are much smarter than I am.
-[ Laughs ] -So, I just want to say that
for the record. Now, how would that work
for people to go Mars? Like, what would happen?
-Well, you need to have a big spaceship
that takes you to Mars, and then you have
to land on Mars. -And then, what do the humans do
when they’re there? -Well, I think initially —
-Volleyball or what? -Initially, people would work
on creating a Mars base. We would have to live in
pressurized domes, but over time you could terraform the planet
and make it like earth. -But it’s cold over there
on Mars, isn’t it? -Right, so you have
to warm it up. -You’d need a lot
of down comforters over there. -You would actually heat
the planet up by emitting greenhouse gases, kind of
what we’re doing on Earth. We’re learning a lot
about that here on Earth. So, we just do that on Mars, and that would warm
the planet up. It would thicken the atmosphere. And then, the atmosphere
on Mars is carbon dioxide, so as you grow plants
the plants would convert the carbon dioxide into oxygen. -You can grow Earth plants
in Mars soil? -That’s correct.
-Now, does this ship come back? -Yeah.
-When you go to Mars, are you all going to go, like,
“I’m going to die on Mars,” so you take healthy people
that are just gonna plan on living the rest of their
30 to 40 years on Mars or something like that?
-I think most people would go to Mars to move to Mars, but the spaceships would
come back because otherwise it would be
way too expensive to travel to Mars.
-Could you imagine the first baby born on Mars?
-Right, that would be huge. -That would be freaky, right?
-Yeah. A lot of pressure
for that poor kid. -Right.
-He’d be a Martian. -The first Martian.
-The first Martian! -That’s right.
-What is it like to be named after the scent of an animal? -It certainly led to a lot
of mocking in junior high. That’s for sure.
-I know what that feels like. My name is Rainn.
-[ Chuckling ] Right, right. -So, I totally believe
in science/ I mean science isn’t
something you believe in. It’s something that just is. But you had referenced kind of
the reverse climate change. But what drives me crazy is
the climate change deniers. And what is up with that? Has it just become
so politicized that they have just stopped
believing scientists? -I think often that it’s phrased
in the wrong way. Because they’ll often say,
“Well, how do we know for certain that CO2 emissions
cause global warming?” If you ask a scientist, “Do you
know anything for certain,” they will generally say, “Well, no, we don’t know
for certain. We know hardly anything
for certain.” -Right.
-But the overwhelming opinion among the scientific
community is that CO2 is causing
global warming. And given that we will run
out of oil anyway, it doesn’t make any sense
to put trillions of tons of CO2 in the atmosphere
and see what happens, which could be catastrophic,
when we have to find a non-hydrocarbon-based way
of generating and consuming energy anyway. So, it’s just a dumb experiment. -Can I borrow $1.3 billion —
just for a month. I’ll pay you back.
-All right. -You got started
as an entrepreneur when you were really young. What would you say
to young people that want to change the world,
that have big ideas? What advice could you give? -I mean, the biggest thing
I think people fail to do is that they’re too afraid
to try things — that they shouldn’t be afraid
of failing, and they should
just go and do it. -Lightning round — boom.
What do you worship? -Well, I don’t
really worship anything, but I do devote myself to the advancement of humanity
using technology. -What can technology
never replace? -I think human feeling. -What fuels your creativity? -Pressure, necessity. -What do you do
to unplug and relax? -I go to Burning Man.
That’s pretty fun. -You go to Burning Man?
-Sure. -What do you do there?
-[ Chuckles ] -It’s just like a crazy,
sort of “Mad Max” meets Vegas meets “Alice in Wonderland.”
-Do you put on a hippie wig? -No, I usually have
some kind of costume. I went as Darth Vader once. -Do you believe there’s life
on other planets? -I think there’s a good chance that there’s simple life
on other planets. It’s much more of a question
as to whether there’s complex life
like consciousness. -With all the trillions of stars and all those trillions
of planets, you don’t think that —
Isn’t that an arrogant statement to say, “We’re probably the most
evolved in all of the universe? -Um, well, no, I’m not saying
that we probably are. Just I think that the chances
of consciousness are much, much lower,
particularly in our galaxy. -Can science
and religion coexist? -Probably not. -Okay.
-[ Laughs ] -Do you pray?
-I didn’t even pray when I almost died of malaria.
-Wow, that’s really not praying. -Right. -What’s your life’s
big question? What’s the big question
you personally wrestle with? -The question of what is
the question, you know, like from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide
to the Galaxy.” The answer is “the universe.”
What’s the question? -One of the world’s
greatest entrepreneurs is here in the back of my van talking
about how he had these dreams — space travel,
new energy sources, building cars,
being a real-life Tony Stark. What’s your big ideas? How do you want
to be an entrepreneur? What kind of passion or dream
do you want to pursue to make the world
a better place to take humanity
to the next level? Can you upload it on a video or write it down
on the comments below? Elon, would you look at
the videos and the comments? -Sure, absolutely.
-Great. I’ll tell you what —
I’ll give you a bite. -[ Chuckles ]
-You give me a Tesla. -Sounds like a good deal.
[ Laughs ] -Yes! -[ Laughs ]
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