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Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk said in a recent interview that he doesn’t believe humans should live longer because their old ideas would create "asphyxiation of society," preventing advancement.
While the tech billionaire categorized declining birthrate as the "single biggest threat to the future of human civilization," Musk told Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Business Insider's parent company, Axel Springer, in an interview at the Tesla Factory in Freemont, California, that longevity was less of a concern to him.
"I don't think we should try to have people live for a really long time. That it would cause asphyxiation of society because the truth is, most people don't change their mind," Musk said. "They just die. So, if they don't die, we will be stuck with old ideas and society wouldn't advance."
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For democracy to function properly, Musk argued that political leadership should ideally be within 10 to 20 years of the average age of the population they govern. On the issue of his own humanity, Musk said that while maintaining his health is important, he is not afraid of dying as it would "come as a relief."
"I think we already have quite a serious issue with gerontocracy, where the leaders of so many countries are extremely old," Musk told Döpfner. "In the U.S., it's a very, very ancient leadership. And it is just impossible to stay in touch with the people if you are many generations older than them."