Tesla CEO and mega-billionaire Elon Musk has issued a stark warning on the danger of technology that could indefinitely prolong the lives of the powerful.
In a wide-ranging interview at The Wall Street JournalCEO Council Summit on Monday, the entrepreneur warned that allowing people to live for too long – or even forever – through developing technologies could endanger progress for future generations.
“It is important for us to die because most of the time people don’t change their mind, they just die,” Musk said. “If you live forever, we might become a very ossified society where new ideas cannot succeed.”
Continuing, the Tesla and SpaceX head noted that he isn’t “aware of any secret technology to combat aging.”
The comments come as new studies hint at the possibility that transfusing the blood of the young into older bodies could potentially keep the body in a youthful state.
There have also been reports that fellow PayPal co-founder and longtime Elon Musk nemesis Peter Thiel – whom Musk has called a “sociopath” – has had an abiding interest in parabiosis, or the practice of older people getting blood transfusions from the young.
Interest in such technology has reportedly gained popularity in Silicon Valley, where tech elites have allegedly lined up to dabble in the unproven science of cheating death.
Even the world’s second-richest person, Amazon founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos, has invested in anti-aging start-up Altos Labs in hopes to reverse the biological clock of mortal beings.
“And if it doesn’t work, he’s gonna sue death!” Musk said in response to reports of Bezos’ investments earlier this year, as well as the rival space company billionaire’s litigious tendencies.
Musk, who has long pushed the envelope of innovative and disruptive technologies – often at a cost to the well-being of his own employees – has argued that “age limits” should be set for U.S. government leaders.
“I am not poking fun at aging,” he said at the time. “I am saying we’ve got people in very important positions that have to make decisions that are critical to the security of the country, then they need to have sufficient presence of mind and cognitive ability to make those decisions well. Because the whole country is depending on them.”
The 50-year-old father of six also argued at the CEO Summit that a “rapidly declining birthrate” on a worldwide scale poses “one of the biggest risks to civilization.”
It would appear that Musk fears the possibility that if people live longer lives, birth rates would precipitously decline – posing a risk to the health of humanity as a whole.
The fear isn’t without a legitimate basis, as global birth rates have declined sharply in recent years, especially amid recent worldwide health emergencies.