Interview: Elon Musk

By Stern, Marlow | Newsweek, May 2, 2011 | Go to article overview

Interview: Elon Musk


Stern, Marlow, Newsweek


Byline: Marlow Stern

The electric-car pioneer and space prophet talks about his Hollywood reputation and why so many billionaires have intergalactic fantasies.

The new film Revenge of the Electric Car depicts the race between your company Tesla and other automakers to build an affordable electric car. Who will win? The biggest benefit that Tesla will have on sustainable transport is inspiring others to do it. Our goal is just to advance the electrification of transport.

You're known as a troublemaker, no? I don't create trouble just for the hell of it.

Did the disaster in Japan speed up your mission to foster life in outer space? What happened in Japan was very, very mild [compared] to what will happen in the future. This is just a shot across the bow from Mother Nature.

Do you really think we can support life there? Well, it's extremely difficult, but it's possible, just barely, to create a self-sustaining ecosystem on Mars. This is the first time in the 4 billion-year history of Earth that it's been possible, so I think we should take advantage of that.

Are you worried about NASA's space-shuttle program coming to an end this year? …

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