Join

Enter Details

Comment on stories, receive email newsletters & alerts.

@
This is your permanent identity for Business Insider Australia
Your email must be valid for account activation
Minimum of 8 standard keyboard characters

Subscribe

Email newsletters but will contain a brief summary of our top stories and news alerts.

Forgotten Password

Enter Details


Back to log in

13 brilliant quotes from eccentric billionaire Elon Musk

When Elon Musk appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” he couldn’t answer if he was a superhero or a super villain. 

Answering that he’d like to nuke Mars to make it warmer and more hospitable to humans wasn’t a great answer to convince Colbert that he was on the superhero side.

Here’s a selection of Musk’s craziest quotes and his futuristic dreams.

On how to warm Mars up to make it hospitable for humans: 'The fast way is to drop thermonuclear weapons over the poles.'

On why Tesla's office needs a roller coaster: 'Everybody around here has slides in their lobbies. I'm actually wondering about putting in a roller coaster -- like a functional roller coaster at the factory in Fremont. You'd get in, and it would take you around (the) factory but also up and down. Who else has a roller coaster? … It would probably be really expensive, but I like the idea of it.'

Asa Mathat | D: All Things Digital

On how he'd rather die: 'I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.'

Livestream/Screenshot

On why they don't have patents: 'We have essentially no patents in SpaceX. Our primary long-term competition is in China -- if we published patents, it would be farcical, because the Chinese would just use them as a recipe book.'

Bill Pugliano / Getty

Bonus: It should be noted that this crazy idea from Elon Musk is becoming a reality. Meet the Hyperloop: 'Short of figuring out real teleportation, which would of course be awesome (someone please do this), the only option for super fast travel is to build a tube over or under the ground that contains a special environment.'

Tesla Motors/Screenshot

NOW WATCH: Tech Insider videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.