Tesla Motors founder and tech billionaire Elon Musk sat down on ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ to share an interesting take on social media and technology - and smoked a blunt, too.
Joe Rogan, host of his podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience,’ discussed a plethora of topics with Elon Musk, including the idea that technology could lead to a Matrix-like simulation in the future.
They started down that rabbit-hole with a discussion on the dangers of social media, where Musk expressed that platforms like Instagram reflect only the best facets of the human experience.
Musk held that social media interactions such as this lead to depression in others, who feel that their lives should live up to the glamour of Instagram models and social media stars.
Rogan expressed a curiosity as to where social media could take civilization in the future - and Elon’s response was nothing short of fascinating.
Musk stated that technology will be ‘indistinguishable from reality,’ and, when prompted by Rogan on whether or not he entertained the idea of a ‘simulation,’ appeared to confirm his sentiments.
“If you assume any rate of improvement at all, games will be indistinguishable from reality - or civilization will end. Or, we are most likely in a simulation.”
Elon also indulged in certain recreational drugs during the podcast. Joe randomly produced a cigarette containing tobacco and marijuana in the middle of the show and lit it, sharing it with Musk, who innocently asked, “Is that a joint?”
Elon’s consumption of the drug might have gone against Tesla company policy. According to an article on NBC News, Tesla’s stock has plummeted 9% since the episode aired on September 6.
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Whatever the case, giving a person like Elon Musk weed to discuss the probability of a simulation will undoubtedly lead to an interesting conversation.