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Elon Musk says he has never seen evidence of aliens, advocates for truth-seeking AI

In a recent interaction, Elon Musk said that he hasn’t seen any compelling evidence of alien life. 

Even as the scientific world continues to be intrigued by aliens, eagerly looking for traces of extraterrestrial life, billionaire technocrat Elon Musk has some contradicting views on the existence of aliens. At the 2024 Milken Institute Global Conference, held in Los Angeles on May 7, Musk made some startling claims.

At the conference, the Tesla boss was part of a panel on ‘How to save the human race and other light topics.’ During the conversation, host Michael Milken asked Musk how he felt about the opening sequence of the ‘Star Trek’ series in which the starship enterprise’s mission is to seek out new life forms. Musk responded by saying, “Yeah, that’s the idea.”

The SpaceX chief went on to state that if he sends probes into the universe, we may find remains of long-dead alien civilisations. The 52-year-old said that he gets frequently asked if he believes in aliens. He said that he does not believe aliens to have visited Earth.

Musk said that he hasn’t seen any compelling evidence of either aliens or any craft operated by non-human intelligence. “And SpaceX, with the Starlink constellation, has roughly 6,000 satellites, and not once have we had to maneuver around a UFO. […] Never. So I’m like, okay, I don’t see any evidence of aliens.”

Musk on AI

Musk also shared his views on the rapid surge of AI. “Eventually the percentage of intelligence that is biological will be less than 1%,” Musk said during the conversation.

When asked what the role of humans will be, he said that he didn’t know. He went on to say that AI should be made to seek the truth and it should not be trained to lie. Musk explained his stand by citing the Stanley Kubrick sci-fi flick ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.

“The reason the AI killed the astronauts in 2001 Space Odyssey was because it was forced to lie. The AI was told to take them to, but not let them know the secret of the monolith. Solution? Take them to the monolith dead,” Musk said.

Musk said that an AI that is truth-seeking and maximally curious would foster human civilisation to see where it goes.

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