Great profile of Elon Musk at Aeon.co, who is all I have instead of Steve Jobs now. A long piece, worth a weekend read, focussing on Space X and his plans for colonising Mars to secure the future of humanity in the face of the Great Filter, which gets a mention by Barnes in the thread on War Dogs.
‘It’s funny,’ he told me. ‘Not everyone loves humanity. Either explicitly or implicitly, some people seem to think that humans are a blight on the Earth’s surface. They say things like, “Nature is so wonderful; things are always better in the countryside where there are no people around.” They imply that humanity and civilisation are less good than their absence. But I’m not in that school,’ he said. ‘I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness, to make sure it continues into the future.’?
finally he came around to the import of it all. ‘If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilisations, and I mean strange in a bad way,’ he said. ‘And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilisations.’