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Elon Musk’s most bizarre predictions – including a ‘million-strong’ Mars SpaceX colony by 2050

ELON Musk has had a lot of crazy ideas over the years – some crazier than others.

Among other things, the billionaire Tesla boss believes he can found a colony on Mars and cure obesity within the next few decades.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made some bizarre predictions over the years

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made some bizarre predictions over the yearsPhoto credit: Reuters

Traffic jam elimination through tunnel systems

Elon Musk has claimed he will end congestion by digging a network of tunnels under major cities.

His argument is that traffic becomes less congested when it flows over an elaborate matrix of underground roads.

This prompted him to found his tunneling company, The Boring Company, in California in 2016.

The company has focused on infrastructure and tunnel construction, primarily investigating how tunnels can help ease traffic congestion in Los Angeles.

Musk claims that the 2D transport network is currently defunct.

In February 2017, the company began digging a 30-foot-wide, 50-foot-long, and 15-foot-deep test trench on the SpaceX offices’ campus, as building it on its own premises would not require a permit.

It completed the tunnel a few months later and has since conducted numerous tests with transport capsules on tracks.

Musk hopes the introduction of electric skates will help pedestrians and cyclists travel through the underground tunnels, avoiding passing traffic and hopefully reducing congestion on the streets.

Diseases cured by brain chips

Musk has repeatedly claimed that he will cure common and debilitating diseases with computer chips hooked up to people’s brains.

His company Neuralink, founded in 2016, wants to create “brain-machine interfaces” that connect humans and computers.

Early attempts implanted coin-sized devices in the heads of monkeys that allowed them to play video games using only their minds.

The company says the technology will one day help people with paralysis and other neurological conditions.

Musk has said brain implants could one day cure diseases ranging from obesity to insomnia.

In a recent tweet, the billionaire said Neuralink will fix tinnitus — a condition that causes ringing in the ears — by 2027.

And while it may sound far-fetched, the underlying science is believable.

Neurological conditions are often the result of damage or other defects in the brain that prevent neurons from functioning properly.

Neuralink promises to heal some of them, using its chips to bypass the damaged parts.

A precision surgical robot connects thousands of tiny threads from a device implanted in the skull to neurons in the brain.

This device is then connected to a computer via Bluetooth to continuously communicate back and forth.

space colony by 2050

Musk has long been vocal about his ambitions to colonize Mars.

The billionaire founded SpaceX in 2002 and has since reiterated that one of his greatest goals is to make humanity a multiplanetary species.

To accomplish this otherworldly feat, the world’s richest man turned his attention to the red planet.

“If we are able to make life on Mars self-sustaining, we will have passed one of the biggest filters. This is preparing us to go interstellar,” Musk continued Twitter in November.

“Earth is ~4.5 billion years old, but life is still not multiplanetary and it is extremely uncertain how much time is left for it to become so,” he added.

So far, Musk’s long-term vision for Mars looks like building a self-sufficient city that will feature solar-powered hydroponic farms and vegan diets.

“The next really big thing is to build a self-sufficient city on Mars and bring Earth’s animals and creatures there,” Musk told Time.

“Sort of like a futuristic Noah’s Ark. We bring more than two though – it’s a bit weird when it’s just two,” he continued.

He has claimed he wants to send a million people to Mars on SpaceX rockets by 2050.

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