Business Insider: Elon Musk spoke to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Tuesday about extraterrestrial life.
The SpaceX CEO said, “If anyone knows about aliens on Earth, it’s probably me.”
In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that aired Tuesday, Elon Musk talked about the possibility of alien life — and his hope that it would get him the best tweet ever.
The SpaceX CEO said that people often ask him whether aliens exist. Musk said in the interview, “I think if anybody knows about aliens on Earth, it’s probably me.”
“Yeah, I’m very familiar with space stuff,” he said. “But as far as I know, we don’t see any evidence of conscious life anywhere in the universe.”
This week, SpaceX was preparing to launch its most powerful rocket ever — which is also fully reusable — from its base in Boca Chica, Texas. Technical problems forced the postponement of Thursday’s launch, but Musk still hopes Starship will pave the way for humans to land on Mars.
Musk said, “I haven’t seen any evidence of aliens. I wish I could tweet this right away.”
He joked, “This will probably be the greatest tweet ever.” “That’s a jackpot of some 8 billion likes – the next level jackpot if you find aliens.”
Earlier in the interview, Musk also suggested that news organizations should tweet only the top 10 stories each day. Last weekend, he tweeted 102 times, according to SocialBlade — ten more posts than the main New York Times account.
As Musk met with Twitter employees last June, Insider reported that Musk also said he had seen no evidence of aliens as they discussed the possibility of extra-terrestrial life.
And he told Twitter employees how SpaceX’s mission is to “make life multicultural and thereby improve the lifespan of consciousness.”
In February – as confusion grew over Chinese spy balloons and other unidentified aerial phenomena – Musk joked: “Don’t worry, just some of my [foreign] friends stopping by.”
The billionaire tells Carlson that he hopes there is alien life in the universe and that all aliens are peaceful.
“Obviously, two important features, but I’m just saying we haven’t seen anything yet,” he said.