There’s plenty ofof making humans a “multi-planetary species” by first building a metropolis on Mars, but the SpaceX founder has a knack for selling that vision with a particular poignancy.
In a new episode of Lex Fridman’s Artificial Intelligence podcast, the MIT researcher asks Musk to read a famous passage from Carl Sagan’s famous 1994 book Pale Blue Dot. The CEO obliges but bookends the reading with a few of his own observations to provide a 21st century, post-Musk spin.
Sagan was referring to a photo taken of Earth at his own suggestion by Voyager 1 in 1990 from more than 4 billion miles (6 billion kilometers) away. In the image, our planet is indeed a tiny pale blue dot less than the size of a single pixel.
“That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone