Elon Musk Says Nuclear War Probability Is Rising Rapidly; 'Have Been Up All Night To Think Of Any Possible Way To Deescalate This War'

Zinger Key Points
  • Fears of a nuclear war are rising, as Russia under Putin suffered a setback recently.
  • There is one-in-six chance of an imminent global nuclear war, a MIT professor says.

In October, the standoff between Ukraine and Russia took an altogether new dimension when the former began making inroads, giving rise to fears that the latter could retaliate with a nuclear weapon.

Elon Musk created a stir, in the same time period, by putting forward a peace plan, which included recommendations for asking people in the occupied areas in eastern Ukraine and Crimea to decide whether they would want to live in Ukraine or Russia. While Ukrainian officials and pro-Ukraine people openly criticized the billionaire, he drew praise from MIT professor and machine learning researcher Max Tegmark.

The academician said in a post there was a one-in-six chance of an imminent global nuclear war. Sharing the link to the post on Twitter, the professor said that's why he appreciated Musk and others, who were urging de-escalation. This is in the national security interest of all nations, he added. Replying to Tegmark's tweet, Musk said, "nuclear war probability is rising rapidly."

See also: Avoiding Nuclear Armageddon: How President Biden Can Do It--Also, Investing In The Shadow Of Armageddon.

When Tesmanian reporter Eva Fox probed regarding plans by quote-tweeting a 2016 tweet by Musk, wherein he said he would prefer to bake on a Sunday morning, the Tesla, Inc. TSLA CEO said, "feels so long ago. A pleasant memory." "I've been up all night trying to think of any possible way to de-escalate this war," he added.

Referring to the war, the Tesmanian correspondent replied that yielding, especially now, will not help the solution, but will only exacerbate the consequences. She also quoted the Latin phrase "Si vis pacem, para bellum," which suggests that "if you want peace, prepare for war."

Musk offered to have a talk with her on this matter.

This story was originally published on Oct. 9, 2022.

Photo: Created with images from Tesla Owners Club Belgium on Flickr

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