Bill Gates Just Called Elon Musk Out for His Improbable Mars Fantasy

One of the many things that Elon Musk is notorious for is making bold claims. Perhaps the boldest of all of these claims involves the tech mogul and recent owner of Twitter stating his desire to travel to Mars. He has often been criticized for not taking part in any significant philanthropic endeavors, but in spite of the fact that this is the case he asserts that he is trying to amass wealth to fund humanity’s push into outer space.

It turns out that Bill Gates doesn’t seem to be a huge fan of this idea. The Microsoft founder recently said in an interview with Amol Rajan of BBC that going to Mars would be incredibly expensive, and that money might be put to better use by funding measles vaccines at $1,000 a pop.

When asked if he believed that Elon Musk would join him and many others such as Warren Buffett in their goal of giving away most of their wealth, Gates said that he was hopeful. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that he also said that Musk is already doing a lot of good through his ventures such as Tesla even if he does not end up becoming a philanthropist.

Musk has often come under fire for his dreams of Mars because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up costing far too much to be feasible in his lifetime. Many assert that he should play his part in improving humanity in the present era instead of saving up for pipe dreams that are impractical and will not address some of the core issues that society is facing right now.

This isn’t the first time that Gates has publicly disagreed with Musk, nor vice versa. The two have often taken opposing viewpoints, which makes sense considering that they have very different ways of doing things with their money. Musk has only given a small portion of his wealth away as charity, or 0.05% to be precise, whereas Gates plans to give it all away.

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