From smoking weed to wielding a flamethrower – the weirdest moments from Elon Musk’s interview with Joe Rogan

From smoking weed to wielding a flamethrower – the weirdest moments from Elon Musk’s interview with Joe Rogan
From smoking weed to wielding a flamethrower – the weirdest moments from Elon Musk’s interview with Joe Rogan

There was weed, there was fire, and there was a sword – this was the interview with Elon Musk and Joe Rogan.

The CEO of electric-car maker Tesla and rocket startup SpaceX spent over two-and-a-half hours Thursday night talking to podcast host Joe Rogan.

Their talk follows Musk’s repeated baseless claims that British driver Vernon Unsworth was a paedophile in an email to a reporter, which has since resulted in the diver publicly asserting he would launch a legal case against the CEO.

Uncovered the mind behind Musk

The Tesla boss shared the difficulties of having a mind that allowed him to build and run the huge companies he does.

“I don’t think you’d necessarily want to be me,” he said.

“I don’t think people would like it that much.”

In fact, he said the inside of his head is like “a never-ending explosion” with ideas bouncing around meaning turning off is “very hard”.

Musk shared that running Tesla has been extremely hard.

The car company has seen a number of delays with the Model 3 sedan.

“It’s very difficult to keep a car company alive,” he said.

Smoked weed

If you have heard anything about the interview it is most likely the fact that Musk smoked weed on camera – unfortunately this is not a lie.

Elon Musk smoked a rather large spliff. (Joe Rogan screenshot)
Elon Musk smoked a rather large spliff. (Joe Rogan screenshot)

After accepting the joint, he asked: “I mean, it’s legal, right?”

Since the interview took place in California, marijuana is legal.

He explained that he’s “not a regular smoker of weed” because he “doesn’t find it’s very good for productivity.”

“It’s like a cup of coffee in reverse,” he added.

Artificial Intelligence

How could it have been an interview with Elon Musk without touching on artificial intelligence.

Musk said his efforts to combine the human brain with machines are progressing.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Roadster 2 during a presentation in Hawthorne, California, U.S., November 16, 2017. Tesla/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO ARCHIVES. NO RESALES
Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Roadster 2 during a presentation (Photo: Tesla)

His venture Neuralink will have “something interesting” to announce in the near future that will be “an order of magnitude” ahead of what anyone can expect.

By implanting tiny electrodes into the brain, Neuralink aims to fuse the human mind to computer technology.

Musk has previously shared his concerns around the unregulated and unrestrained development of artificial intelligence but has since found his approach has been “futile”.

He shared that in his opinion, merging humans with computers is the approach that “seems probably the best for us: if you can’t beat it, join it.”

Flying cars

The interview even touched on flying cars.

Musk said he had created preliminary designs for a supersonic, electric plane.

Before anyone gets too excited, he also said Tesla, SpaceX and other projects are his main priority right now.

“I have a lot on my plate,” Musk said. “An electric plane isn’t important right now.”