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Elon Musk discusses alien life and UFOs at conference in Los Angeles

By T.K. Randall
May 14, 2024 · Comment icon 27 comments
Elon Musk.
Musk had lots to say at the conference. Image Credit: YouTube / electron media group inc.
The SpaceX CEO had plenty to share on the subject during a panel entitled 'How to save the human race'.
It would be fair to say that Elon Musk has never seemed particularly enthusiastic about UFOs or the possibility of discovering evidence of intelligent extraterrestrial life.

That's not to say that he doesn't have his own opinions on these topics, however.

Speaking at the 2024 Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles on May 7th, Musk suggested that if we sent probes out into the cosmos to search for aliens it is most likely that we would discover barren planets and the remains of long-dead alien civilizations.

The reason for this, he argues, is that inhabited worlds are extremely rare.

"I think the answer might be, probably, is that civilization is precarious, and rare," he said.
"And that we should really think of human civilization as being like a tiny candle in a vast darkness. And we should do everything possible to ensure that that candle does not go out."

On the subject of aliens visiting the Earth, Musk was clearly skeptical.

"For some reason, a lot of the same people who think there are aliens among us don't think we went to the moon, which, I'm like: 'Think about that for a second'," he said.

"I've not seen any evidence of aliens."

None of his Starlink satellites, he noted, had ever had to "maneuver around a UFO".

"If somebody has evidence of aliens, you know, that's not just a fuzzy blob, then I'd love to see it, love to hear about it," he said. "But I don't think there is."

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Comment icon #18 Posted by joc 4 days ago
 Using telescopes and observatories, astronomers can detect an exoplanet by looking for a small dip in light, called a "transit," shining from a star as the planet orbits in front of it. link
Comment icon #19 Posted by pallidin 4 days ago
Ok. I see that you are simply explaining in another way what they already said. That it's speculation based on extrapolation. NPR addressed that at the beginning. So I guess I don't see any problem with NPR on this since it's otherwise blatantly obvious (to me) that it's based on assumptions. And I think fair one's too, IMHO.        
Comment icon #20 Posted by joc 4 days ago
I most likely said what I said because of my bias against NPR.  I didn't even read past the first sentence...
Comment icon #21 Posted by Golden Duck 4 days ago
What other standards are useful in preserving the human race?
Comment icon #22 Posted by pallidin 4 days ago
I realize that is addressed to UT, but allow me to offer this in the meanwhile... The standards you are asking have been addressed and defined by scientists and layman alike for countless years, so I can't begin to fathom why you are even asking. But whatever. Here you go, straight from NASA: standard definition for a,water%2C energy%2C and nutrients.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Golden Duck 4 days ago
If you can see that I was responding to UT, then it should be clear. UT inhabitable planets are rare by our standards; and then asked about other standards. You have just posted our standards. In the OP, Musk is talking about preserving the human race.  Why is UT raising the prospect of other than human standards?  How are they useful for preserving the human race?
Comment icon #24 Posted by pallidin 3 days ago
Ok. Fair enough. I think. ?  
Comment icon #25 Posted by pallidin 3 days ago
joc, that's just not right by any stretch of truth or common sense, in my view anyway. Oh well, to each their own.  
Comment icon #26 Posted by joc 3 days ago
All we know about Earth! What 'local' nature are you talking about?
Comment icon #27 Posted by the13bats 2 days ago
I can't add anything to the threads topic but saw a Tesla cyber truck drove by while I was out front before we opened, a cat standing there said wtf is that? I said that Tesla truck thing, he said damn it's fugly, i said it only costs like 65 k he freaked out laughing

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