Elon Musk says poor people will be allowed to live on Mars as well as rich folk


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Elon Musk says poor people will be allowed to live on Mars as well as rich folk
Moving to Mars isn’t just an option for the wealthy – apparently (Photo: Splash)

If you think buying a property in London is expensive, trying moving to Mars.

Currently, one of the few people rich enough to contemplate relocating to the Red Planet is SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk.

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But there’s hope for the rest of us because he’s insisted a Martian colony he’s planning to build won’t just be an ‘escape hatch for rich people’.

Speaking at SXSW, the billionaire hinted that people whose bank balance is in the red will also be allowed to live on the Red Planet.

It’s unclear whether they would actually want to do this because life on Mars is likely to be pretty rubbish at first.

Musk said it would only house ‘the most elementary infrastructure’.

Elon Musk says poor people will be allowed to live on Mars as well as rich folk
Elon Musk’s ‘Starman’ bids farewell to Earth as SpaceX steers a Tesla Roadster towards Mars and the Asteroid Belt (Photo: Instagram/ Elon Musk)

‘Just a base to create propellant, a power station, blast domes in which to grow crops, all the sort of fundamentals without which you could not survive,’ he said.

So that means no nice old pubs, Greggs bakeries or any of the other things which make life semi-bearable here in the UK – at first.

‘There will be an explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints to nightclubs,’ he added.

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Residents could expect a fairer form of government called direct democracy in which ‘everyone votes on every issue’, Musk said.

Musk hopes to send a spaceship to Mars as early as next year and build a colony to counteract the ‘risk of human extinction’, which he fears could happen at the metallic hands of a super-intelligent AI.

At SXSW, he also warned: ‘Mark my words: AI is far more dangerous than nukes… I’m very close to the cutting edge of AI and it scares the hell out of me.’

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