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Watch the best bits of Elon Musk's SXSW talk

12 March 2018

Elon Musk has a timeline for his dream of getting to Mars by 2022.

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"If things went a little bit the other way, both companies would be dead", Musk said.

He fears another "dark age" should a third world war occur, and feels that Mars will be integral to helping the human race survive and regenerate. The ultimate goal is to establish a self-sustaining colony on the Red Planet.

Musk spoke at length about his role as an entrepreneur with SpaceX and electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc, his concerns about advancements in artificial intelligence ("It scares the hell out of me") and the need to put a price on carbon emissions in order to develop a sustainable energy system.

He commented that people would "vote directly on issues instead of going through representative government". For Musk, it's essential that humans plant a "seed" on another planet in case of World War III.

"This has been our pattern in the past".

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The billionaire also stated that Mars will "need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints".

Elon Musk took the stage about 30 minutes late at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Texas, and when he finally appeared, the soldout crowd cheered and jumped to their feet, smartphones glowing.

"AI is far more risky than nukes", he said, dismissing the pushback from AI experts who suggested Mr Musk was more interested in controversy than studying the work.

"This is a case where you have a very serious danger to the public, therefore there needs to be a public body that has insight and then oversight to confirm that everyone is developing AI safely - this is extremely important", he said. "I think that's the single biggest existential crisis that we face".

'It will be far more dangerous - difficult, dangerous, good chance you will die, ' he conceded.

"It kind of reads like [Ernest] Shackleton's ad to Antarctic explorers: It's hard, dangerous, good chance you will die, excitement for those who survive, that kind of thing", Musk said.

Artist's rendering of U.S. astronaut planting a flag on Mars.

Watch the best bits of Elon Musk's SXSW talk