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Elon Musk, the CEO of Space X, knows a thing or two about space travel, but he says he hasn't seen any proof of "conscious" alien life anywhere in the universe, at least not yet.
"A lot of people ask me, you know, where are the aliens? And I think if anyone would know about aliens on Earth it would probably be me," Musk said in a sit-down interview Tuesday with "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
"Yeah, I'm, you know, very familiar with space stuff. And I've seen no evidence of aliens. So I wish -- I would immediately tweet, you know, tweet it out. That'd be liked all time -- probably the top tweet of all time. We found one, guys!" he joked.
Musk remembered a story he had heard about a general in the 1960s who was trying to get the U.S. defense budget increased. He came up with the idea that if an alien was ever found, the news should be made public right away.
"You know what would really get no arguments from anyone? If we pulled out an alien and said, ‘We need money to protect ourselves from these guys.’ You know, ‘How much money do you want? You got it. They look dangerous,'" the Twitter CEO jokingly explained. "So the fastest way to get a defense budget increase would be to pull out an alien."
Musk also said that, as far as he knows, there has been no sign of "conscious" life in space. If there were, he said, he would like it to be "peaceful."
Musk also talked about his worries about falling birth rates, saying that he wants to see society move "onward and upward" and not stay on the low end of repopulation.
"I'm concerned about decreasing birth rates and the fact that, for example, Japan had twice as many deaths last year as births," he told host Tucker Carlson.
Carlson spoke up and asked the millionaire why he thought that, since "the urge to have sex and have children is the most basic urge after the urge to breathe and eat." How has it been turned against us?"
"Once you have birth control and, you know, abortions and what not, now you -- now you can still satisfy the limbic instinct, but not procreate. So we haven't yet evolved to deal with that because this is all fairly recent, you know, the last 50 years or so for birth control," Musk responded. "So, yeah. You know, I'm sort of worried that, hey, civilization, you know, if we don't make enough people to at least sustain our numbers, perhaps increase a little bit, then civilization is going to crumble. The old question of like, will civilization end with a bang or a whimper? Well, it's currently trying to end with a whimper in adult diapers."
Musk said the way society is trending is "depressing as hell."
"I'd rather go out with a bang," he said. "It’s more exciting."