www.dailymail.co.uk / By Richard Gray / Published: 05:42 EST, 14 December 2015
In particular, he believes a Martian colony could help to ensure humanity survives if there is ever a calamity on Earth that destroys life here.
‘You back up your hard drive…. Maybe we should back up life, too?’ he said.
However, Musk, 44, who co-founded PayPal, insisted it was important for mankind to seize the opportunity to visit Mars while there is currently the technology and the impetus.
He warned there may only be a brief amount of time to accomplish this mission before something like a war or religious extremism causes a move against technology.
Musk said: ”I think we need to acknowledge that there’s certainly a possibility of a third World War, and if that does occur it could be far worse than anything that’s happened before.
‘Let’s say nuclear weapons are used. I mean, there could be a very powerful social movement that’s anti-technology.
‘There’s also growth in religious extremism. Like, I mean, does ISIS grow…?’