Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes the biggest threat to humanity is the declining birthrate, warning that civilization will “crumble” if people don’t start having more kids.
“I think one of the biggest risks to civilization is the low birthrate and the rapidly declining birthrate,” the father of six said at the Wall Street Journal’s annual CEO Council Monday evening.
“And yet, so many people, including smart people, think that there are too many people in the world and think that the population is growing out of control,” Musk continued.
“It’s completely the opposite. Please look at the numbers — if people don’t have more children, civilization is going to crumble, mark my words.”
The billionaire’s remarks came in response to a question about how his company’s not-yet-released Tesla Bot could solve labor issues.
At an unveiling event in August, Musk said the 5-foot-8-inch, 125-pound robot could be ready as soon as next year and it will have a “profound” impact on the economy by driving down labor costs.
On Monday, he added that the Tesla Bot could be a “generalized substitute for human labor over time” — which will become increasingly critical for businesses if the human labor supply falls.