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September 30, 2014 |

Ross Andersen interviews Elon Musk on the feasibility of an imminent human colonization of Mars.

In September, NASA selected SpaceX, along with Boeing, to become the first private company to launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Musk is on an epic run. But he keeps pushing his luck. In every interview, there is an outlandish new claim, a seeming impossibility, to which he attaches a tangible date. He is always giving you new reasons to doubt him.

It'a lovely interview, and it gives a glimpse of Musk’s genius:

‘I think there is a strong humanitarian argument for making life multi-planetary,’ he told me, ‘in order to safeguard the existence of humanity in the event that something catastrophic were to happen, in which case being poor or having a disease would be irrelevant, because humanity would be extinct. It would be like, “Good news, the problems of poverty and disease have been solved, but the bad news is there aren’t any humans left.”’

Elon Musk is the Nikola Tesla of our time. He’s a real-life Tony Stark. You should doubt him only at your own risk.