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Elon Musk and Rick and Morty tweeting about the singularity is the best thing we’ve seen all week

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Elon Musk showed off his new 280-character Twitter limit in the best way possible Thursday morning: musing about the Singularity with the official Rick and Morty Twitter account.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO first revealed he watched the sci-fi show back in August only after a fan asked the question on everyone’s mind.

 

Musk said that while the show disgusts him from time-to-time, he’s a fan, and it’s 30 minutes he enjoys sharing with his five sons. Very sweet. Rick and Morty responded by promising to disgust the entire Musk family with the third season clincher. Also very sweet.

And Rick and Morty delivered on its promise! Musk said the season three finale was “disgustingly good”. That compliment quickly escalated to Musk’s musings about the Singularity, as can only happen when you’re in a Twitter thread with a billionaire trying to colonise Mars.

The Singularity, the theory that machine intelligence will one day surpass our own, is one of Musk’s favourite topics. Musk even launched a $US1 billion startup, OpenAI, to ensure AI doesn’t ultimately pose an existential threat to humanity and turn us all into house cats.

Musk also loves to spend time debating whether or not we’re in a simulation. He has said there’s only “a billion-to-one chance we’re living in base reality”. 

So there you have it: Musk is debating whether the singularity has already been achieved in other simulations. 

It’s a premise that fits very nicely with Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, which explains why Musk likes it so much. The entire premise of the show is that there are an infinite amount of universes with an infinite amount of timelines.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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