ELON MUSK Says ‘We Should Roll Back the Government Power that Was Massively Increased in the COVID Times’
In a new interview with Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the German digital publisher Axel Springer, Elon Musk said he thinks we “need to actively roll back the powers of government that were created during COVID.”
While SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has garnered massive attention recently for his bid to purchase Twitter, as well as his subsequent TED Talk on the matter, a recent interview he did with Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the German digital publisher Axel Springer, had quite a few bombshells; including a strong opinion that countries “need to actively roll back the powers of government that were created during COVID.”
In the new interview (above) Musk—who won an Axel Springer award for innovation in 2020—discusses several topics that now seem to come up every time somebody questions the billionaire entrepreneur; including electrification of the power grid, the potential of his Neuralink implants, and, of course, artificial intelligence.
Along with those standard topics of exploration, Musk gives insight into his thoughts on three more topical, and sensitive, issues: including what’s going on with Russia and Ukraine; how humanity’s dwindling birthrate worries him more than anything else; and—with the utmost conviction—his feelings on the necessity of rolling rock back governmental powers derived from the COVID-19 saga.
“I think we should roll back government power that was massively increased in the COVID times. I think we are—at this point—we are at the tail end of it,” Elon says in the interview. “Or at least it’s no longer a major concern. So we need to actively roll back the powers of government that were created during COVID.”
Not only is Elon apparently comfortable giving a controversial opinion on COVID matters, and the war in Ukraine, but also Russian President Vladimir Putin himself. When Döpfner brings up Musk being the wealthiest man in the world, the CEO responds: “I think Putin is signifcantly richer than me; I can’t go invade countries and stuff.” Musk then adds a quote he attributes to the Ancient Roman Marcus Licinius Crassus, saying: “you’re not really rich unless you can afford a legion.”
In regards to humanity’s frighteningly fast decline in birthrate Musk says, in part:
“Most people in the world are operating under the false impression that there are too many people. This is not true. Earth could maintain a population many times the current level. And the birthrate has been dropping like crazy. So, unfortunately, we have these ridiculous population estimates from the UN that need to be updated ’cause they just don’t make any sense. Really you could just look and say what was the birthrate last year, how many kids were born. Multiply that by the life expectancy and say, OK, that’s how many people will be alive in the future. And then say, is the trend for birthrate positive or negative? It’s negative. So that’s the best case. Unless something changes with the birthrate.”
When Döpfner asks Elon about Tesla’s humanoid robot Optimus, Musk responds:
“I certainly do not want to… play a hand in anything that could potentially be harmful to humanity. Now, humanoid robots, they’re clearly happening. If you look at… Boston Dynamics, their demonstrations are better every year. So there will be humanoid robots… The rate of advancement of AI is very rapid. Even if Tesla stopped doing AI, I think we’re still on track to develop artificial general intelligence—meaning intelligence smarter than the smartest human.”
Regarding Neuralink, Musk says:
“In the short term Neuralink is just about solving brain injuries and spinal injuries and that kind of thing. To be clear: For many years, Neuralink’s products will just be helpful to someone who has lost the use of their arms, or arms and legs. Or has a traumatic brain injury of some kind.”
“There is a long-term mitigation to artificial intelligence which is that we could effectively merge with artificial intelligence by improving the speed of interaction between our cortex and our tertiary layer, which is already silicon. We are sort of a three-level intelligence creature. The base level is the limbic system… the fundamental animal brain. And then there’s the cortex, which is largely in service to the reptile brain.
On increasing the average lifespan, Musk says:
“I don’t think we should try to have people live for a very long time. That would cause ossification of society. Because the truth is, most people don’t change their mind, they just die. And so if they don’t die, we’ll be stuck with old age ideas and society won’t advance.
“I think we already have quite a serious issue with the gerontocracy. Where the leaders of so many countries are extremely old. In the U.S. it’s very very ancient leadership. And it’s impossible to stay in touch with the people if you’re many generations older than them.”
Musk also discussed the “silver linings” of COVID-19, highlighting mRNA technology as one particular, nascent boon to medicine. “[T]he advancement of synthetic mRNA was accelerated significantly because of COVID,” Musk tells Döpfner. He adds that “Synthetic RNA is a revolution in medicine most people are not aware of; just how much of a revolution it is. I would say this is like medicine going from analog to digital.”
Incredibly, Musk—to Sense Receptor‘s knowledge—has never discussed the many downsides of mRNA technology, in general, or in specific regards to the COVID-19 “vaccines.” This is very strange, as he must have top-level insight via people like Ethical Skeptic on Twitter.
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