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Musk takes the stage. Photo: Diego Donamaria/Getty Images for SXSW

Elon Musk says the first human colony on Mars won't be an "escape hatch for rich people," but will instead be a place where a small group of people "for whom the excitement of the frontier exceeds the risk and danger" plants the seeds for a democratic, entrepreneurial society.

  • In the beginning it will have "the most elementary infrastructure. Just a base to create propellant, a power station, blast domes in which to grow crops, all the sort of fundamentals without which you could not survive."
  • And then, "There will be an explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints to nightclubs."
  • Musk also said Mars will probably be a direct democracy, with votes on every major issue, per CNN's Dylan Byers.

As for the timeline, Musk noted that the first ship that could potentially travel to Mars is now in production, and said he hopes it will be able to do short "up and down" flights early next year.

Artificial Intelligence

Musk again sounded the alarm on AI, saying regulating it is "the most important thing we could possibly do."

“Mark my words: AI is far more dangerous than nukes … I’m very close to the cutting edge of AI and it scares the hell out of me.”

"I'm not normally advocate of regulation and oversight. This is a very serious danger to public therefore there needs to be public body that has insight and oversight," he said.

Self-driving vehicles

“By the end of next year, self-driving will encompass essentially all modes of driving and be at least 100-200% safer than a person. We're talking maybe 18 months from now"

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Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

Biden speaking before the signing on June 17. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

"Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments," President Biden said before signing legislation Thursday that establishes Juneteenth as a federal holiday, just two days before the occasion.

Why it matters: The holiday, which will be known as Juneteenth National Independence Day, is now the 11th annual federal holiday and the first one established since the creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.

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House antitrust chair discusses the bills to bust up Big Tech

House lawmakers last week introduced a series of five bipartisan bills designed to curb the power of Big Tech, targeting Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google in all but name.

Axios Re:Cap speaks with Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), chair of the House antitrust committee and a sponsor on most of the bills, to learn how he plans to get these measures over the finish line. The congressman from Rhode Island also faces a slate of other priorities and in the wake of a spending package to bolster the U.S. tech sector’s ability to compete with China.

Why online games have a shorter life span

"Grand Theft Auto Online" will join a growing list of obsolete games on older platforms this December when Rockstar Game shuts down the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.

Why it matters: Video game preservation is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to video games, physical or otherwise.