Obvious Matrix comparisons aside, the Snakebot is further proof of the success of Musk's vision to simply deliver one undeniable innovation after another. Stephen Colbert, a self-proclaimed proud Tesla owner, decided to discuss another of Musk's passions on Wednesday's Late Show: the possible colonization of Mars. "You're trying to do good things and you're a billionaire," Colbert told Musk, jokingly adding that the Tesla and SpaceX CEO will eventually have to choose between life as a superhero and an eternity as a so-called supervillain. "You sincerely think we should go to Mars?" Colbert asked before questioning the comfort of its climate.
"It's very inhospitable," Musk replied. "That's true. [But] it's a fixer-upper of a planet. At first, you're going to have to live in transparent domes. But eventually you can transform Mars into an Earthlike planet. You'd warm it up." According to Musk, there's a "fast way" and a "slow way" of achieving a more hospitable Mars. "The fast way is to drop thermonuclear weapons over the poles." The nukes would reportedly trigger a chain reaction of carbon dioxide, warming the planet in exponential increments. The far less appealing "slow way" would involve exporting carbon dioxide from Earth to Mars, a grueling process with its own baggage of potential setbacks.
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