Elon Musk smoked marijuana and talked about his electric car company Tesla during a podcast recording that aired live on YouTube.
The 47-year-old billionaire entrepreneur joined the Joe Rogan Experience and accepted a collaboration from the presenter after talking about everything from kindness to artificial intelligence.
It comes amid serious turmoil involving both him and Tesla, with falling share prices and pending lawsuits after Musk falsely announced that he took the company privately, and accused a British hero of being a pedophile.
Musk, who admitted openly that he trusts the Ambien sleeping pill, told Rogan that Tesla keeps him awake at night, adding that "it is very difficult to keep a car company alive."
The complete experience: Tesla's founder, Elon Musk, was seen smoking a cigarette in Joe Rogan's podcast recording studio.
Towards the end of the podcast, Rogan lit a joint, which is legal in the state of California, and offered it to Musk.
"You probably can not do this because of the shareholders, right?" Rogan asks Musk.
Musk, who earlier joked that mushrooms – a harmless mushroom and a psychedelic drug – are "delicious", clarified that the drug is legal and was seen giving a blow to the joint before returning it.
The 2.5-hour podcast began with Musk and Rogan discussing their dream of solving traffic problems in Los Angeles by building a tunnel beneath the city – a project they have already embarked on – and artificial intelligence.
Rogan asked Musk if he was "honestly and legitimately" & # 39; Worried about AI and the future of robotics, to which Musk responded yes, but it is less worrisome than it used to be.
"It's not necessarily bad, but it's definitely going to be out of human control" before talking about the danger of using AI as a weapon and a future in which humans can become partial robots: cyborgs.
"You're already a cyborg, and most people do not even realize. [in your hand] it is an extension of yourself. "
After pouring himself a generous whiskey, Musk said he had met with former President Obama & # 39; for a reason & # 39; and that was to warn him about the danger of artificial intelligence.
He also commented on the recent ban on phones of the Chinese company Huawei, which applies to anyone working for the US government. UU Or a government contractor for fear of being a spy.
While acknowledging that anyone who works with & # 39; superior secret material & # 39; You should be careful with your choice of hardware, he said that it was not something that most people do. you should worry
"Nobody really cares what porn you see! National spy agencies do not give rats a ** what porn you look at, they do not care."
Later, Musk, who recently accused a British diver who helped rescue the 12 Thai children trapped in a cave from being a pedophile, spoke about kindness.
Be kinder to each other. Do not assume that someone is bad. It's easy to demonize people & # 39;
Shocking: Musk called Vernon Unsworth pedophile after the British diver criticized Tesla's submarine CEOs
Earlier this week, Musk suggested in emails to a BuzzFeed reporter that diver Vernon Unsworth was a "child rapist."
Musk also stated, without providing any evidence, that Mr. Unsworth had moved to northern Thailand to take "a girlfriend girl who was around 12 years old at that time."
The attacks by Tesla CEO Unsworth, whose efforts were deemed crucial to the Thai operation, came after the British diver criticized a well-publicized effort by Musk to provide a tailor-made mini-submarine for cave rescue.
Mr. Musk responded on Twitter with comments that implied that the Brit was a pedophile. Then he apologized for this, before repeating the claims this week.
Mr. Unsworth, from St Albans in Hertfordshire, through his lawyer, made it clear that he will sue Elon Musk.
"The continued campaign by Elon Musk to publish vile and false accusations against Unsworth is scandalous," Unsworth's lawyer, L. Lin Wood, said in an email to Reuters.
& Muscle has stated publicly and clearly that & # 39; Wait to be sued. Let me be equally clear in response: Musk will be sued, not because of his hopes, but because he deserves to be sued, "said Wood.
Musk's new attack on Unsworth caused Tesla's stock prices and bonds to fall on Wednesday, a decline also related to Mercedes' presentation of a challenge to the electric car maker.
During the podcast, Musk revealed that the only thing that keeps him awake at night is his electric car company.
"It's pretty hard to run companies, especially car companies." It's quite challenging Space X is not a walk in the park, but it's very difficult to keep a car company alive.
"There are only two automotive companies in the history of US auto companies that have not gone bankrupt, and that is Ford and Tesla.
Rogan asked how close Tesla had been to "bend", to which Musk admitted he had been "very close".
Stock Shock: Newly manufactured Tesla vehicles are parked next to the airport in Burbank, California, as the company's stock plummeted on Wednesday
Tesla shares fell 2.8 percent to $ 280.74, the lowest level since late May, after a 4.2 percent drop on Tuesday after Mercedes introduced its first fully electric car in Stockholm. .
The high yield bond of $ 1,800 million that Tesla issued a year ago reached a record low price on Wednesday. It also became more expensive to insure the Tesla bonds against default.
Tesla shares have lost a quarter of their value since August 7, when Musk tweeted that he had secured funds for a previously undisclosed plan to take Tesla privately.
Musk abandoned the plan on August 24, but faces legal action and an investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission on the accuracy of the facts of his tweet that the financing for the agreement was insured & # 39;
The incident is weighing on investor confidence and has damaged Musk's credibility, which Tesla's followers always considered his most valuable asset.
On Thursday, a lawsuit was filed accusing Musk of trying to "burn" short sellers through his false tweet that funds had been secured for Tesla to become private.
"This seems to be a case of textbook fraud," Michael Canty, of the Labaton Sucharow law firm, said in a news release.
"We believe that Musk tried to manipulate the price of Tesla securities with false and misleading tweets, in an effort aimed at hurting short sellers."
Labaton Sucharow is requesting class action status to represent anyone who bought or sold Tesla shares between August 7 and August 17.
Musk described the infamous privatization tweet, including his assurance that funding was secured to go to privacy, as an attempt to be transparent.