Elon Musk has warned that people not having enough sex might represent the greatest danger to humanity, and not Vladimir Putin’s nuclear missiles.
The tech entrepreneur is renowned for his SpaceX programme and ambitions to populate Mars in a bid for humans to become an interplanetary species.
As well as his interest in extraterrestrial affairs, Elon has recently focused on threats closer to home, even challenging Vladimir Putin to one-on-one combat after the autocrat’s invasion of Ukraine.
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But, speaking on the Full Send podcast, Elon suggested that it is unlikely to be a nuclear apocalypse that brings the downfall of humanity.
“I’d say the biggest threat right now is population collapse; the super-low birth rate… We have an underpopulation problem.
“There was a huge baby boom where people did have a ton of kids after World War Two, but the birth rate in the US has been below replacement rate since like 1971 or 1972, for 50 years the US has been below replacement rate.
“What we face is population collapse. People have no idea how fast the population’s going to collapse.”
The entrepreneur explained that the only reason why population rates aren’t currently plummeting is because of an increase in life expectancy.
But, Elon warned that as the number of “adult diapers” exceeds baby diapers, countries’ populations will begin to dwindle.
This, he claimed, would leave the younger population outnumbered, and unable to reproduce at a fast enough rate to support their elders.
“A low birth rate is a slow death for a civilisation, it’s not a fast death. The average age starts drifting up, and basically civilisation will die with a whimper and adult diapers,” he mourned.
“Frankly, given the choice, I’d rather civilisation went out with a bang than a whimper and adult diapers.”
Asked what a “bang” might mean, Elon replied: “World War Three”.
After encouraging others to consider having kids by their 30s, Elon joked that he had done his bit by having plenty of children of his own.
The tech tycoon has revealed little about his offspring in public, but admitted on the podcast episode that he had nine children to three different mothers, and fathered his first at the age of 29.
“The youngest is just a baby, and the oldest is 18, so I’m trying to set a good example here by having a lot of kids,” he chuckled.
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