On why he comes up with innovations and manages his companies:
Musk: & # 39; I'm an alien!
Discussing the possibility that we are living in an alternative reality and a "multiverse."
Musk: "If you assume any degree of improvement, the games will be indistinguishable from reality, or the civilization will end." One of those two things will happen.
"Therefore, we are probably in a simulation, because we exist.
"I think that most likely it's about probability, there are many simulations."
You could call them reality, or you could call them multiverse.
In social networks:
Musk: Be kinder to each other. Do not assume that someone is bad. It's easy to demonize people & # 39;
Musk: "It's much easier to be bad on social networks than to be bad in person."
Musk: & # 39; In the balance [my Twitter interactions are] rather than bad, but there is definitely something wrong. "
Rogan: & # 39; What could be potentially holding the company [Tesla] back? Anything that you would change
Musk: "I wish the politicians were better at science, that would help a lot. [politicians] They are pretty good for science in China, I have to say. "
To stop the use of Huawei phones due to the risk of China spying on US citizens:
Musk: & # 39; If you have secret things, you should be careful with the hardware you use, but most people do not have secrets. Nobody really cares what porn you see! Nobody really cares. National spy agencies do not give rats a ** what porn you look at, they do not care. & # 39;
Rogan: & # 39; You know what could help, mushrooms & # 39;
Musk: & # 39; They are delicious. & # 39;
Rogan: & # 39; What keeps you awake at night? & # 39;
Musk: "It's quite difficult to run the companies, especially car companies." It's quite challenging Space X is not a walk in the park, but a car company, it's very difficult to keep a car company alive.
"You know, there are only two auto companies in the history of American car companies that have not gone bankrupt, and that's Ford and Tesla, that's it, we just barely survived. & # 39;
Rogan: & # 39; How close was it to bend? & # 39;
Musk: & # 39; Very close. 2008 is not a good time to be an automotive company, especially an electric car company, which was like square stupidity. & # 39;
After inhaling the joint that Rogan gave him:
Musk: & # 39; Receive text messages from friends asking me & # 39; What the hell are you doing smoking grass? & # 39;
& # 39; I'm not a regular grass smoker. Hardly ever. I really do not notice any effect. I know that a lot of people like grass, and that's fine, however, I do not think it's very good for productivity. "
"It's like a cup of coffee in reverse." I like to do things. I like to be useful. "
Musk: "You're already a cyborg, and most people do not even realize. [in your hand] it is an extension of yourself. "
Rogan: & # 39; I do not know how you manage your time, it does not seem humanly possible & # 39;
Musk: I think people do not fully understand what I do with my time, they think I'm like a businessman, I think even my Wikipedia page says he's a business magnate. "
Rogan: What would you call yourself?
Musk: & # 39; A business magnet & # 39;
On sustainable energy and the environment
Musk: "We are really playing a crazy game here with the atmosphere and the oceans, we are taking large amounts of carbon from the depths of the earth and putting it that way, putting it in the atmosphere, is crazy.
& # 39; We should not do this. It's very dangerous. We should accelerate the transition to sustainable energy.
"I want to say that the strange thing is that, obviously, we will run out of oil in the long term, there is only so much oil that we can extract and burn, that is totally logical, we must have a long-term sustainable energy and energy transport infrastructure.
"Then we know that this is the final point, we know it." So why run this crazy experiment where we take trillions of tons of carbon from the earth and put it in the atmosphere and the oceans? This is an insane experiment. It is the dumbest experiment in human history. Why are we doing this? It's crazy. "
On why he is not building sustainable electric power planes:
Musk: Electric cars are important, solar energy is important, stationary energy storage is important.
& # 39; These things are much more important than creating electric supersonic VTOL[vertical take-off and landing planes]. & # 39;
Musk: The trick [with VTOL] is that you have to make the transition to level flight. What you would use for vertical takeoff and landing is not suitable for high-speed flights.
"The interesting thing about an electric plane is that you want to get as high as possible, but you need a certain density of energy in the battery pack, because you have to overcome the gravitational potential energy.
Once you have exceeded the potential gravitational energy and are at high altitude, the energy you use in the cruise is very low, and then you can recover a large part of your gravitational potential energy on the descent path. Then you really do not need any kind of reserve fuel. "
In fossil fuels:
Musk: & # 39; It's the dumbest experiment in history & # 39;
Musk: I really believe that people should give other people the benefit of the doubt, and assume they are good until proven otherwise and most people are actually pretty good people. No one is perfect. & # 39;
In the flying cars
Musk: & # 39; If you get one of those toy drones and imagine that it is 1,000 times heavier, that will not make your neighbors happy.
"If you want a flying car, just put wheels in a helicopter."