I couldn’t believe Elon’s reply…

Professor Brian Keating
3 min readMar 12, 2024


In my recent tête-à-tête on X, formerly Twitter live space with Elon Musk, I didn’t just want to shoot the breeze with him; assuming I might never get the chance again, I dove into the kind of questions that make nerds like us sit up in our seats. First off, I took aim at Starlink — Musk’s constellation of internet satellites — and its potential to photobomb the universe’s ancient selfie, the cosmic microwave background radiation. my suggestion? A cosmic “Do Not Disturb” sign over key observatories, allowing astronomers to peer into the universe’s infancy without Starlink photo-bombing the view.

Then, shifting gears to the realm of artificial intelligence, I prodded Musk on whether a machine could ever get the chills from a cold breeze or ponder the mysteries of the cosmos. Musk, ever the maverick, didn’t shy away, entertaining the possibility that AI could one day not only mimic our human quirks but also conjure up new laws of physics.

But Musk’s musings didn’t stop there. He touched on the sobering limitations of simulations as if the world is one big version of The Sims

In closing, I got serious and asked him about the gritty reality of colonizing Mars — a venture not for the faint of heart, as it involves bidding adieu to everything familiar. Yet, in a twist, Musk hinted at a less lonesome journey to the Red Planet, suggesting that Mars colonization might not mean a permanent goodbye to Earth and its dwellers. But before he could get emotional, his mommy, Maye Musk, jumped in to save him from answering my final, toughest question- how could he be a good dad from Mars?

The conversation wasn’t just a casual chat but a deep dive into humanity’s future, both in the cosmos and within the circuitry of AI. Musk’s visionary responses reminded me of the boundless possibilities that lie ahead, as long as we dare to ask the right questions.

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Professor Brian Keating

Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor at UC San Diego. Host of The INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE Podcast Authored: Losing the Nobel Prize & Think like a Nobel Prize Winner