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How Elon Musk’s companies would ensure human survival after a global cataclysm

How Elon Musk’s companies would ensure human survival after a global cataclysm

From tunnel drilling under the Earth to rockets zooming towards Mars and everything in between, Elon Musk’s companies are well-prepared in the event of a global cataclysm.

Whether it be a natural disaster, nuclear fallout, the collapse of the energy grid, famine, sickness, or even an AI apocalypse, nearly all of Elon Musk’s business endeavors combined would ensure the survival of the human race — if only for the elite.

The Boring Company

Take his tunnel-drilling foray under Los Angeles, for example. While a ground-breaking report from Bloomberg states that the idea to bore tunnels under L.A. came about because Musk was sick of the traffic and decided to found the aptly-named “Boring Company” as a means to escape the congestion, it is also a perfect way to hide from calamities topside.

While building some type of subway may be a practical plan, underground tunnels are a proven method of surviving millennia despite what is going on above the surface.

One need look no further than the underground city of Derinkuyu in Turkey that has survived intact for over 1,000 years. It could house 20,000 people as well as livestock and food stores 18 stories below ground.

Tesla and SolarCity

When you think of Tesla, you probably think about the cars, or maybe even the genius inventor from Serbia after whom the company was named.

However, Tesla isn’t working on just cars, but through its Powerwall batteries that can connect to solar panels and make entire units self-sustainable, Musk has found a way to maintain electricity in the event of a global catastrophe.

As long as the sun still shines, solar panels could be affixed on the surface of the Earth that would bring energy to the tunnels and “Solar Cities” underneath.

In the event that the Earth’s atmosphere becomes blocked by volcanic ash, nuclear winds, smoke, or anything else that would prevent the sun from shining through, Musk has that covered, too.

SpaceX

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Even if life on Earth could not be saved by living in underground tunnels powered by solar electricity with SpaceX satellites beaming Internet from space, Elon Musk would have us living on Mars.

Right now, SpaceX is reportedly looking to earn some extra cash to be able to fund colonization of the red planet by requesting to launch satellites into space that would beam Internet back to Earth.

Read More: SpaceX Internet satellites are a direct threat to price-hiking ISPs

If the shit totally hits the fan on Earth, life would find a way on Mars if Musk accomplishes his goals.

Neuralink and OpenAI

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Maybe the Earth remains stable for the time being and no natural disasters are imminent. Suppose geo-political conflicts end and there are no more wars left to fight. World peace is a reality.

Thanks to our technology and curiosity we have Artificial Intelligence to worry about now. In the event of an AI singularity where humans become subservient to machines and are little more than house pets to their mechanical overlords, Musk has been working to create AI human cyborgs.

Read More: AI human cyborgs are next on Elon Musk’s agenda with the launch of Neuralink

To prevent that eventuality, Musk co-Founded OpenAI to research the technology, and this week it was announced that his newest company, Neuralink, will work towards integrating the human brain with AI that would circulate through the veins and arteries using a “neural lace” interface.

This would create an AI human hybrid — a cyborg — that would alter humanity forever, for good or ill, but one that would survive an AI apocalypse.

But hey! Why haven’t you mentioned PayPal?

Screw off! How was he supposed to fund all his other companies?

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Tim Hinchliffe is a veteran journalist whose passions include writing about how technology impacts society and Artificial Intelligence. He prefers writing in-depth, interesting features that people actually want to read. Previously, he worked as a reporter for the Ghanaian Chronicle in West Africa, and Colombia Reports in South America. tim@sociable.co

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