Elon Musk Returns For Second Interview On Joe Rogan Experience Podcast
Elon Musk and Joe Rogan have sat down for a second time on the latter's infamous podcast show.
The last time the Tesla boss was interviewed on The Joe Rogan Experience, he famously smoked weed and covered everything from flamethrowers to the end of the universe.
This time round, it wasn't much different, although there was a noticeable absence of cannabis.
Joe kicked off the two-hour chat by congratulating Elon on the birth of his son, which happened earlier this week. Thankfully, the podcaster went on to ask what everyone else has been thinking: how do you pronounce the newborn's name.
That question has caused quite a stir on the internet this week, following the news that Elon and his partner Grimes revealed they were calling their son X Æ A-12.
Rogan asked: "How do you say the name? Is it a placeholder?"
Musk replied: "First of all, my partner is the one who, mostly, actually, came up with the name. I mean it's just X, the letter X. And then the Æ is like pronounced 'ash'... yeah... and then A-12 is my contribution."
He said the A-12 is the final plane in the Archangel series, a CIA operation that created a fleet of reconnaissance aircraft. The program eventually created the SR-71, which Musk says is the coolest plane ever.
So, Musk-Grimes Jr's name can be pronounced as Xash (which could also sound like Zash) Archangel Musk. Doesn't sound quite so outrageous now, I suppose.
The podcast episode then covered virtually everything under the sun.
Musk hopes to be able to implant his human brain AI interface, called the Neuralink, within a year - he elaborated on that project by saying you would be able to save your memory like a video game.
He also warned that another pandemic was on the cards and could have a far higher mortality for young people, adding that people should bear the coronavirus in mind to maintain good hygiene. He also said eating before bed is one of the worst things you can do for your health.
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Musk also explained how and why he was selling all his homes and possessions.
Rogan asked his guest about a huge claim he recently made on Twitter, in which he pledged to sell 'almost all physical possessions', including his houses - one of which used to belong to actor Gene Wilder.
Musk, 48, explained: "I'm slightly sad about it actually, but I think possessions kind of weigh you down. They're kind of an attack vector. People say, 'Hey billionaire, you got all this stuff!' Now it's like, 'Well, now I don't have stuff. What are you gonna do?'"
Rogan asked if the entrepreneur was going to rent a place - prompting Musk to confirm he is - and if that meant getting rid of 'everything except clothes'.
"No, I said like, 'almost everything'," Musk replied quickly, laughing along with Rogan's suggestion that he could keep a 'couple of Teslas'.
"Yeah, I kinda have to - test the product and stuff!" Musk said. "Yeah, things that have sentimental value, for sure I'm keeping those.
"What's the worst that could happen? It'll be fine."
Musk explained that another part of the reason why he wanted to shed his lavish lifestyle was due to the stigma of being rich - saying how he feels being a billionaire has become somewhat loaded in recent years, arguing it's now a 'pejorative' term and considered a 'bad thing'.
He continued: "I've been thinking about it for a while. Part of it is, like I have a bunch of houses but I don't spend a lot of time in most of them, and that doesn't seem like a good use of assets.
"Somebody could probably be enjoying those houses and get better use of them than me."
Rogan asked whether Musk would ever want to create his very own 'dream home', envisaging some sort of 'Tony Stark-type s***'.
But Musk said: "Does it really make sense for me to spend time designing a house... or should I be allocating that time to getting us to Mars? I should probably do the latter. What's more important: Mars or a house? I like Mars."
He added: "I mean, you can only do some many things."
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