Elon Musk Smokes Weed, Talks About Life in Interview

Sergio Cunningham
September 7, 2018

The episode also raised concern about Musk's health.

"It's like a cup of coffee in reverse", he added. "Yeah, I think I tried one once", he said, when it was confirmed that it was indeed a cigarette containing marijuana and Rogan asked if he had ever used before. Last month, Musk ignited controversy by announcing on Twitter that a deal to take Tesla private was all but certain, only to abandon the plan 17 days later.

Musk, who has drawn attention to the company with a series of social media spats, was filmed smoking marijuana and drinking whisky in a 2-1/2-hour live web show with comedian Joe Rogan that swiftly spread across Instagram and other popular apps.

Musk covered topics in the interview ranging Tesla and SpaceX to what he perceives are the dangers of artificial intelligence.

Tesla's stock and bond prices dropped on Wednesday - linked to the row over Musk's comments about Mr Unsworth but also following an unveiling by Mercedes that presents a challenge to the electric vehicle maker.

He said: "I think the future in where we are a space-faring civilisation out there among the stars, that is very exciting". He contended that he ignores the majority of negative comments at Twitter, but has occasionally been drawn in and made mistakes.

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The podcast episode arrived at a tumultuous moment for Tesla and Musk.

The vehicle company has struggled to scale up production of its Model 3 sedan, which has been hit by a number of delays, intensifying the pressure on Musk. Tesla and its CEO are now also facing a litany of lawsuits claiming market manipulation, including one filed Thursday by Andrew Left, the founder of Citron Research and prominent short seller. A best-case scenario would be people merging with AI, enabling anyone to have "super cognition".

"This is insane", Musk said.

Elon Musk has a word of caution for anyone who envies his lifestyle.

"It's very hard to keep a vehicle company alive", he said.

"If we were forever constrained to Earth, that would not be a good future".

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