That interview causes cognitive dissonance.
Of course UAE is an advanced country with GDP per Capita $43K (below the US, but above UK).
But UAE not exactly the most technologically advanced country. They are on a consuming side of technology.
So that interview was a little bit unexpected.
Both Elon Musk and the interviewer - Mohammed Al Gergawi (a Minister of Cabinet Affairs of the UAE) were a little bit nervous.
Al Gergawi mostly asked Musk his list of prepared questions (a pretty good list) and almost did not interrupt Musk. That resulted in a "psychologist session" for Musk: he drifted away from more generic questions (such as "why are you pushing the limits?") toward the topics he likes to tals about (how he made decision about building reusable rockets).
One time during interview Al Gergawi Musk and it added some embarrassment to both Musk and Gergawi:
Al Gergawi: Why it is dangerous? I mean there is two view; one view is the artificial intelligence to help humanity, there is another school of think or thought is artificial intelligence as a threat to humanity. Why is it?
Well, I think it's both. You know – it's like – one way to think of it is, imagine we're going to be visited – imagine you're very confident that we're going to be visited by super intelligent aliens in, let's say, 10 years or 20 years at the most - super intelligent.
So you think within 20 years ...
Elon Musk: Yeah so.
Al Gergawi: ... we'll have alien in Earth?
Elon Musk: [Surprised] Ha-ha. [Switching to a serious tone] Well, digital super intelligence will be like an alien.
Al Gergawi: It will be like an alien?
Elon Musk: Yeah.
Al Gergawi: But my question is: "do you think there is either intelligent life outside there"?
Elon Musk: It seems probable, but I think this is one of the great questions in physics and philosophy is where are the aliens; maybe they're among us, I don't know. Some people think I'm an alien. [Applause]
Not true. Not true.