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March 12, 2018

Watch the best bits of Elon Musk’s SXSW talk

by John_A

Elon Musk took the stage about 30 minutes late at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Texas, and when he finally appeared, the sold-out crowd cheered and jumped to their feet, smartphones glowing. His conversation at SXSW was a surprise, announced late the night before, and the talk itself was just as casual. Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan took pre-written questions from the audience and asked Musk for his thoughts on a vast array of topics, covering everything from colonizing Mars to the benefits of a carbon tax and the future of artificial intelligence.

Nolan’s phrase of the day was, “And how do we solve that?”

About an hour into the presentation, a third chair was brought on-stage and Kimbal Musk, Elon’s brother and an entrepreneur in the food-access space, joined in — wearing a cowboy hat and with a guitar in tow. With his help (and the appearance of a second cowboy hat for Elon), the entire conversation closed out with a sing along. This is SXSW, after all.

Catch up on the latest news from SXSW 2018 right here.

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