Elon Musk wants access to “demonic” technology

Elon Musk is a science-driven business leader with a particular interest in technology that has the potential to transform humanity. He enjoys pushing the boundaries of innovation and isn’t discouraged by the criticism that sometimes accompanies his ideas.

As CEO of Tesla (TSLA) it is dedicated to converting the world to a mode of transport compatible with the protection of the environment and the fight against climate change.

And he set himself other missions. One – Neuralink – is about building a machine into which we can upload our memories and personalities. The other, SpaceX, aims to conquer the planet Mars.

“It will be Mars one day,” the world’s richest man posted on Twitter on Aug. 12 with a photo of the red planet.

The next day, he posted a message saying that he hoped that in 20 years a city would be built on Mars that would not require any outside help – especially food brought from Earth – to survive.

“I hope there will be a self-contained city on Mars in 20 years!” Musk wrote.

Musk says he can be trusted

The posts drew a lot of comments from Twitter users. Some messages asked him, for example, what is the main obstacle that today prevents humans from living on Mars. The tech mogul did not respond.

But in June, Musk said: “Making life multiplanetary expands the scope and scale of consciousness. It also allows us to safeguard the biosphere, protecting all life as we know it from calamity on Earth. Humanity is the steward of life, like no other species. Can transport life to Mars. We cannot let them down.

According to Musk, Mars is the destiny of humanity. So it’s a serious understatement to say that Musk, whose rocket technology company SpaceX helped kickstart space tourism, is determined to get humans to Mars as soon as possible.

Musk’s scientific ambitions may now have taken a turn towards quantum physics. He has just requested access to a technology that some critics and scientists call “demonic”: a particle collider.

“Please let me use the Large Hadron Collider at CERN,” the billionaire tweeted on August 21.

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The billionaire tweeted an image of a black skull (that of the devil?) and two images of the collider from two different angles. At the bottom of the image Musk writes:

“I am normal and can be trusted with demonic technology like anything the world has ever seen.”

What does Musk have in mind?

Musk doesn’t say what he wants to do with the collider and why he wants access to this technology, which sits at the center of quantum physics.

CERN stands for European Council for Nuclear Research, which is a particle physics laboratory located near Geneva. His research helps us understand the laws that governed the functioning of the universe in the first moments of life.

In July 2012, CERN announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, a particle whose existence had been speculated in 1964 by three researchers: two Belgians, François Englert and Robert Brout, then independently by the Scot Peter Higgs. (History remembered only one name.)

To summarize its function, this particle explains why things have mass. The Higgs boson is considered the missing link in physics.

Critics of CERN fear its research could create a black hole, destroying the Earth. This is the thesis developed by the Italian physicist Francesco Calogero. And that, in turn, is the source of concern about “demonic” technology.

The Large Hadron Collider is a CERN particle accelerator. It was relaunched in early July after a delay that began at the end of its second cycle of experiments in 2018. Since then, engineers have worked hard to prepare it for its third cycle.

Physicists hope that this relaunch of collider experiments will allow them to answer the questions they still have about the universe. They hope to make new discoveries and advances in cosmological research.

Particle physics describes the infinitely small elements and what happens inside the fundamental building blocks that make up atoms, such as elementary particles: electrons, photons, quarks, bosons and the forces with which they interact.

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