Elon Musk Believes Only “Intelligent” People Should Have Children

Billionaire Elon Musk's views on procreation, revealed in an upcoming biography, emphasise his desire for intelligent parents. He offered to be a sperm donor and expressed concerns about population decline as a significant civilization threat.

Harnur Watta
Sep 12, 2023 09:20 IST
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In a revelation that has sparked widespread debate, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's perspective on procreation has taken centre stage once again. The insights emerged from an excerpt of Musk's upcoming self-titled biography, which was obtained by The New York Times

In the midst of this revelation, the world learned of his 11th child, Techno Mechanicus, whose full name was unveiled in the biography by acclaimed author Walter Isaacson. 

The book is slated for release on September 12.

Musk's Desire for Intelligent Offspring


According to Shivron Zilis, an employee at Musk's company Neuralink and the mother of his twins, Musk is particularly keen on ensuring that only individuals he deems intelligent have children. 

Zilis is quoted in the book as saying, "He really wants smart people to have kids."

In a further revelation by Isaacson in the biography, Musk even offered to be Zilis's sperm donor to guarantee that the children would share his genetic makeup.


Elon Musk has not been shy about sharing his views on procreation in the past. 

On his social media platform X (formerly Twitter), he has expressed concerns about population decline, which he believes poses a more significant risk to civilization than global warming. 

Just last month, he retweeted a post highlighting population crises in the US and Japan and declining fertility rates in China, Singapore, the UK, and South Korea. 


The post emphasised that population collapse represents a significant threat to human society. 


In response, Musk simply replied, "Yes."

Back in July of the previous year, Musk indicated his commitment to addressing what he referred to as the "underpopulation crisis." 

Shortly thereafter, he quietly welcomed his third child with ex-girlfriend Grimes, adding to his already sizable family.


A Complex Family History

Elon Musk's family history is not without its challenges and heartbreaks

He shares six children with his ex-wife, Canadian author Justine Wilson. 


Tragically, his first son, Nevada Alexander, born in 2002, passed away at the age of 10 weeks due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

As Musk's views on procreation continue to draw attention, they ignite a broader discussion about the ethical and societal implications of individuals with immense influence dictating reproductive choices. 

While  Musk's comments have certainly sparked controversy, they also underscore the importance of addressing demographic trends and their potential impact on the future of humanity.

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