The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 1169 with Elon Musk

Episode Number: 1169
Episode Guest: Elon Musk
Original Airdate: September 6, 2018
Episode Sponsors: Onnit, Cash App, Athletic Greens

Guest Bio: Elon Musk is a business magnate, investor, and engineer.

Topics Discussed: How does he find time to do everything; The Boring Company started out as a joke; Spaceballs movie; he sold 20,000 flamethrowers; talk about his underground tunnel projects; Joe is perplexed by his time management; robots and artificial intelligence; he is truly worried about AI, but not as much as he was in the past; the danger of AI; companies are like organisms; humans will one day represent a small percentage of intelligence; he tried to get people to slow down with artificial intelligence; regulation takes a long time; technological singularity; merging with technology; Neuralink talk; how technology will improve humanity cognitively; phones are an extension of ourselves, and in a way, we are already cyborgs; he thinks we will eventually be able to upload our consciousness to the internet; speaking with Obama and meeting with congress; Chimpanzee documentary; chimps compared to humans; more talk about primates; is technology making people happier; people make their lives look better on social media; social media likely makes people quite sad; “comparison is the thief of joy”; “happiness is reality minus expectations”; the future of social media; Ready Player One movie; HTC Vive; virtual reality will one day be indistinguishable from reality, or civilization will end; we have to be optimistic about the future; multiverse theory; are we in a simulation; when immersed in virtual reality, where are you really; we should do whatever will make the future better; (1:00:00) (Joe grabs his samurai sword from the 1500s to show Elon); he says the Model X was programmed to do a ballet dance because he thought it would be fun; he’s having fun, and Joe doesn’t understand how he has time to have fun; the Model X won’t dance while driving; he says a Tesla car is the most fun thing you could ever buy, designed to maximize enjoyment; he has an old ’61 Jaguar car and a Model T; Joe talks about his cars and why he likes them compared to modern cars; Tesla driver caught sleeping behind the wheel video; the Tesla will wake you up if you’re sleeping; talk about the self-driving technology of Tesla cars; talk about tunnels; Reign of Fire movie; flat earth talk; talk about the speed of Tesla cars; flying cars won’t be a thing; magnets won’t work for flying cars; more tunnel talk; airplanes; he has a design for a better airplane with vertical take off and landing; we must have sustainable energy transport; clean coal; the momentum towards sustainable energy is too slow; concerns with climate change; solar energy; the issues with battery-powered cars currently; he could make a vehicle that goes 600 mph today, but it would be too expensive; solar-powered cars; Fisker Karma cars exploding; Tesla batteries are waterproof; Tesla driving through a flooded tunnel video; a Tesla will correct itself when it slips on ice or snow because it has great traction control; Tesla cars are some of the safest cars ever made; Tesla car strikes and kills cyclist; kids for cash scandal; the justice system; not all police officers are corrupt; most people aren’t criminals; prejudice towards groups of people; give people the benefit of the doubt; SpaceX in Texas; talk about Texas; most people are good; what are the bottlenecks for his companies that are holding them back; he wishes American politicians were better at science; Chinese politicians are understanding of science; Huawei Iran sanctions controversy; the future and privacy; what is important to us now won’t be as important in the future; what keeps him up at nights; Tesla and Ford are the only two American car companies that haven’t gone bankrupt; (2:00:00) Tesla came close to folding in 2008; talk about mistakes with Tesla designs in the past and what has changed; technical talk about cars; he used to have a Porsche; Joe likes how mechanical his Porsche feels; Tesla’s solar shingles; air conditioning is the problem for solar-powered shingles; body heat-powered smart watchCasio Pro Trek watch; watch talk; (they look at highly technical, complex, expensive watches); he doesn’t use a watch because he has a phone; he doesn’t use a case on his phone; (Joe and Elon smoke some weed); mixing tobacco with marijuana; alcohol; Joe asks about using magnets instead of bumpers to prevent cars from hitting each other; will old cars be a problem in the future; Gangs of New York movie; Joe asks whether he thinks about his role in civilization; Joe talks about a weird recurring dream he has where the world has many people as intelligent as Nikola Tesla; turning off his mind; Joe suggests he try an isolation tank; he says he rarely smokes weed and doesn’t think it’s good for productivity; he likes to get things done and be useful; doing things to help other people brings him satisfaction; he talks about meditating but doesn’t do it much; he describes his creativity as a never-ending explosion; realizing he was strange as a child; Joe says he’s weird, Elon agrees; he wants to make things that people love, things that bring them joy, to make the future better; space exploration and the future; colonizing other planets; he loves humanity and thinks it’s great; he thinks most people don’t like humanity; it wouldn’t hurt to have more love in the world; spend more time with friends and less on social media; he only kept Twitter for his social media; the good outweighs the bad on Twitter; humans make mistakes; deleting a tweet doesn’t make it go away; lack of compassion on social media; he wants people to be nicer to each other.

Movies Mentioned

These are the movies that were mentioned and/or recommended during this episode:

Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand); Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis (Actors); Mel Brooks (Director) - Mel Brooks (Producer)
Disneynature Chimpanzee
Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand); Tim Allen (Actor); Alastair Fothergill (Director) - Alastair Fothergill (Producer)
Ready Player One
Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand); Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn (Actors); Steven Spielberg (Director) - Zak Penn (Writer) - Donald De Line (Producer)
Reign Of Fire
Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand); Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco (Actors)
Gangs Of New York
Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand); Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz (Actors)

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Products Mentioned

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