Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla, delivered a motivational speech at “South by Southwest” on March 10, 2018. He appeared like a bolt from the blue after a featured session on the HBO series Westworld with co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, along with other members of the show’s cast.
On stage, he spoke about the excitement of space travel and sending a Tesla into Space. Musk then went ahead to talk about several negative aspects of the present world.
There are a lot of terrible things happening all over the world, all of the time.There are lots of problems that need to get solved. Lots of things that are miserable and kind of get you down. Life can’t be about solving one miserable problem after another. We need things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity. That’s why we did this – Elon Musk
This was followed by a two-minute “trailer” about the flight, which was created by Nolan and Joy. The SpaceX CEO also acknowledged and praised Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who talked about how the earth is the cradle of humanity, but one can’t remain in the cradle forever.
“I was having a drink last year with a friend, and we were talking about how you inspire people,” Nolan said. “One of the beautiful things about spaceflight is it’s all of us working together,” Nolan said. He and his friend were contemplating an image that could startle people, and they would start looking and thinking about spaceflight again.
“What we came up with was a red sports car and a David Bowie song,” Nolan said.
The friend he was referring to was Musk.