The world's richest man Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to share a terrifying warning, speculating on the possible cause of society's collapse.
The SpaceX founder told his more than 104 million followers about his fears and said that while global warming was still a major risk to mankind, something else was even more threatening.
The Tesla CEO said: "Population collapse due to low birth rates is a much bigger risk to civilization than global warming."
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He then added: "Mark these words", but caveated the statement, saying: "(And I do think global warming is a major risk)".
The tweet set tongues wagging, with many people calling the mogul "crazy" and others probing him to explain his theory.
Musk has been an outspoken critic on the need for people to have more children – the billionaire has 10 himself.
"Is having kids the only solution? I think there needs to be a ton of education on this issue," one Twitter user said, to which Musk responded with a simple "Yes".
Another user wasn't so interested in Musk's theories, chiming in: "He just throws nonsense out there to see if it sticks".
Another added: "You are so wrong on this one Elon."
But others agreed with the American tycoon.
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One said: "Fertility Rate of [South Korea] is 0.81. This means that 50 [South Korean] men + 50 [South Korean] women will produce 41 kids who will then produce 16 kids (if the TFR rate doesn't fall further). So, 100 goes to 16 in just 30 to 40 years."
In parts of the world, including South Korea, birth rates have taken a dramatic dive – according to the World Bank, the Asian nation had an average birth rate of 6.1 births per woman in 1960, falling to a paltry 0.92 in 2019.
In the UK, 2020 was the first year since records began that women aged 30 were more likely not to have had kids yet.
However, in other countries, including Estonia, Latvia and Spain, the Population Reference Bureau reported that birth rates were actually on the rise.
Musk is known for his sometimes controversial Twitter musings and insights into the future of the human race – although people are often quick to slam his theories.
And despite his global warming concerns, the tech billionairerecently made headlines after he took a laughable nine-minute private jet flight from San Francisco to San Jose, California.
Social media users were up in arms, dubbing him one of the "Bad Boys Billionaires" and noting he could have taken the train, which was only five stops.
One user wrote: “But women should have more children to conserve the human race, meanwhile Bad Boys Billionaires can continue making Earth uninhabitable.”
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