Elon Musk on viral Twitter feed showing population density

Elon Musk thinks the Earth is “essentially empty of humans”. Reacting to a viral Twitter thread that shows population density across the globe, the Tesla boss once again pleaded for the planet to need more humans.

The thread was concocted and shared on the microblogging platform by Tim Urban, founder of a website called Wait But Why. The thread contained many graphs that displayed population density through spikes. The height of each spike indicates the population density at that location.

The thread also focused on some specific locations such as the United States, China, India, Australia, and Iceland.

The viral tweet also gave interesting information such as Jakarta expected to become the most populous city by 2030, and the Indo-Gangetic plains being the “most densely populated regions on Earth”. Another tweet highlighted how more people live in and around Asia than in the world combined.

Reacting to the thread, Musk wrote, “Earth is basically empty of humans.”

Pranay Pathole, Musk’s Twitter pal, chimed in and wrote, “Earth could roughly sustain two to three times the current population. He added: “This mindset that people have about overpopulation needs to change and people need to be educated about population collapse.”

To which Musk agreed with a “Yes”.

The polarity is quite distinct and clear. While many believe overpopulation is a real problem, others, including Musk, deny and challenge the idea with the concept of population collapse. Musk has been pretty vocal about it.

The richest person in the world is himself the father of ten children. In March 2022, Grimes and Musk revealed the couple welcomed a daughter in December 2021 through surrogacy. According to a report from Business Insider, Musk in November 2021 quietly welcomed twins with Shivon Zilis, a senior executive at Neuralink, Musk’s brain chip company.

Musk is currently making headlines for facing a $44 billion lawsuit filed against him by Twitter. The two are set to square off in a Delaware court in October. Twitter alleges that Musk is trying to do the deal on purpose because the acquisition “no longer serves his personal interests.” While Musk gave reasons for withdrawing from the deal, Twitter did not provide information.

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