Elon Musk has voiced concerns about human population decline, saying it could be the second-biggest danger to civilization after artificial intelligence. The multi-billionaire technologist said that a predicted drop in global population levels—based on statistics in a study published by The Lancet journal this week— may be a big challenge to his own vision of the future, tweeting that “Mars needs people!” The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Washington with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, suggested the world’s population will surge to 9.7 billion by 2064 before declining to approximately 8.8 billion by 2100. Musk, who recently fathered his sixth child with musician Claire Elise Boucher, who is also known as “Grimes,” responded to a comment joking that he was doing his part to “correct this problem,” tweeting back: “Trying to set a good example haha.” The SpaceX and Tesla boss has made no secret of his desire to send humans to Mars, and the company’s “Starship” project to do just that is currently in development. Musk has been working with federal agency NASA to further his space travel ambitions, playing a central role in the historic launch of two American astronauts, Robert Behnken… Read full this story
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