We like to have fun with Elon Musk around here, like calling him a "Bond villain come-to-life" and stuff like that. However this characterization is broad and silly, especially for a man that has been able to found and nurture a handful of zeitgeist-shaping companies and made billions doing it.
Elon Musk is more than just a guy who lands his space rockets on drone boats while building massive battery factories in deserts to charge the electric cars he's building to disrupt the auto industry. Elon Musk is also a person and not some cat-stroking maniac living in a futuristic bunker under a Tahitian volcano.
To be frank, sometimes our lack of nuance when it comes to Elon makes us want to apologize.
But then he goes on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and says stuff like this about the potential colonization of Mars.
You could transform Mars into an Earth-like planet.
How, you might be wondering?
By warming it up, according to Elon, who offered Colbert a fast way and a slow way.
Here's the fast way:
The fast way is to drop thermonuclear weapons over the poles.
That's right, Elon want to colonize Mars by nuking the absolute sh!t out of it.
He also said that he'll be able to put people on space rockets within two to three years and that renewable energy is the most important issue of our time.
When pressed by Colbert on whether he was a super-hero or a super-villain, Musk answered coyly "I'm just trying to do good things."
He literally passed on a nationally-televised opportunity to refute the notion that he's an evil billionaire industrialist genius.
Touché, Elon. Touché indeed.