On Tuesday, Musk’s fan club, Tesla Owners of the East Bay, took to Twitter to share an alarming piece of news that ‘population collapse’ may be imminent.
The group praised Musk, a father of seven children, for “making tangible efforts” to avert population collapse.
Musk took the tweet in stride, stating that he was attempting to set a positive example. “Population collapse is a far more serious problem than most people realise, and that is just for Earth,” he wrote.
He added that Mars requires humans because its ‘population is currently zero’. The SpaceX CEO has dreamed of establishing a human presence on Earth’s neighbouring planet his entire life. He stated in his tweet, “Humans are the Earth’s custodians of all other life. Allow us to reintroduce life to Mars!”
The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that the space enthusiast, who lives in a $50,000, 37-square-metre prefabricated guest house in Boca Chica, Texas, had purchased a $250,000 space ticket from good friend and fellow billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.
When one user expressed his wish for the next child to be a girl, Musk expressed the same sentiment. He later wrote confidently, “My next child will be a girl.”
The conversation was sparked by a 2020 report from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, which indicated that the global fertility rate is likely to decline between 2050 and 2100.
Global fertility rates nearly halved to 2.4 in 2017 and will fall below 1.7 by 2100, according to the study published in the Lancet.
On another thread, the 50-year-old billionaire expressed his concern about the report on fertility rates and predicted that civilisation would gradually fade away.
The tech mogul has been spending a lot of time with Baby X since the birth of his seventh child on May 4 last year. Frequently, he continues to share images of the duo engaging in typical daddy-baby activities.
Musk shares all six children with his first wife, Jennifer Justine Wilson, with whom he was married for eight years. Nevada Alexander Musk, Musk’s first child, died in the tenth week of his life in 2002 due to a condition known as sudden infant death syndrome.
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