Elon Musk is in the news often these days, and he tends to have viewpoints that stray from the everyday societal discourse.
Recently, Musk made headlines by saying he believed that there should be age limits on running for president, an unsurprising development given his previous feud with former presidential candidate and senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Musk is making headlines for a different reason today: his comments on human population and birth rates, which have taken many by surprise.
“I think one of the biggest risks to civilization is the low birth rate and the rapidly declining birthrate,” Musk said at the Wall Street Journal’s annual CEO Council.
Musk is the father of six children, and his ambitious plans include sending humans into space and furthering AI technology for use in human bodies.
“And yet, so many people, including smart people, think that there are too many people in the world and think that the population is growing out of control. It’s completely the opposite.
“Please look at the numbers — if people don’t have more children, civilization is going to crumble, mark my words,” Musk said.
The comments were offered in response to a question about how Musk’s Tesla robot could potentially solve labor problems.
The planned “humanoid robot” is being created using Tesla’s self-driving car AI technology.
Musk has previously said that the robot could “make human labor obsolete.”
At the CEO Council meeting, Musk added that the Tesla Bot could be a “generalized substitute for human labor over time.”
According to the World Bank, human birth rates have been steadily declining since 1960.
Musk also tackled the issue of aging at the same event according to a report from Insider.com, saying that he doesn’t think human beings should “try to live for a super long time.”
“I think it is important for us to die because most of the time, people don’t change their mind, they just die. If they live forever, then we might become a very ossified society where new ideas cannot succeed,” he said.