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"And we'll probably be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, during the first half of next year". "Although sometimes, my timelines are a little, you know." he said to laughter.

At the event, Musk answered a range of questions from the audience, offering updates on his new rocket, insight on how to save humankind from World War III, and warnings about the dangers of artificial intelligence.

While his projects such as Tesla's Model 3 "affordable" new vehicle have been dogged by delays, he's become the driving force behind a new space race.

Elon Musk is unquestionably the most interesting businessman in Silicon Valley - arguably the world - thanks to his nearly single-handed reignition of the space race.

The ultimate goal of the mission, of course, is a Mars colony.

Mr Musk also got divorced, and he said he had to borrow money from his friends to pay his rent. The company's Falcon Heavy rocket, which enjoyed a historic inaugural launch last month, was initially promised a 2013 debut.

Google's autonomous vehicle unit to test semis in Atlanta
It's doing this through the same way you'd each anyone with passenger auto driving experience on how to drive a semi truck. Over the past year, Waymo has been quietly conducting road tests of Waymo's self-driving trucks in California and Arizona.

The billionaire entrepreneur has always denied that he wants to rule the planet, and on Saturday he detailed his vision for a direct democracy in which "people vote directly on issues instead of going through representative government". For Musk, it's essential that humans plant a "seed" on another planet in case of World War III. "I think once we build it we'll have a point of proof something that other companies and countries can go and do".

The billionaire also stated that Mars will "need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints".

"What's awesome about the ship, assuming we can make full and rapid reusability work is that we can reduce the cost, marginal cost per flight, dramatically, by orders of magnitude compared to where it is today", Musk said. "Mark my words", Musk told the crowd, "AI is far more risky than nukes".

"The biggest thing that would be helpful is just general support and encouragement and goodwill", Musk said.

"The thing about spaceflight is all of us working together... and we're trying to think of an image, something to sort of shock people into thinking about this again", Nolan said.

Artist's rendering of United States astronaut planting a flag on Mars.

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