Alright, check this out, my friends. The ultra-rich, those billionaires, seem to be completely obsessed with their fancy-schmancy bunkers. They’re like, “Oh no, nuclear war! Climate change! Zombie apocalypse!” and they’re rushing to their luxurious hideouts. Can you believe that?
But here’s the thing, folks. One of tech’s buzziest bros, this guy named Sam Altman, he’s saying, “Hold up, hold up! I got structures, okay? But no, I don’t have a bunker.” Yeah, you heard that right. No bunker for this dude. And when asked about it at a Wall Street Journal event, he’s like, “Nah, I’m good.” Can you imagine?
Then he drops a classic Rogan-style joke on us. He’s like, “None of this is gonna help if AGI goes wrong.” AGI, by the way, stands for artificial general intelligence. It’s like super advanced AI that can do everything humans can do. So, he’s saying even if you got a fancy bunker, AGI might still mess you up. It’s a ridiculous question, man!
Now, Altman, he’s no stranger to the doomsday vibe. Back in 2016, there was this report in the New Yorker talking about him being a doomsday prepper. He’s been all about the potential existential threat of AI. He even co-authored this blog post from OpenAI, warning that AI could outperform humans in most areas within a decade. That’s some serious stuff, my friends.
But you know what? Bunkers are all the rage among the wealthy. Luxury bunker specialist Clyde Scott spills the beans. He says they’ve been getting loads of orders. Like, Rising S had 200 orders for their high-end bunkers in just five years. And get this, they’ve been selling them for a decade. Crazy!
There’s this dude, Douglas Rushkoff, who wrote this book about the ultra-rich and their obsession with preparing for doomsday. He says they use this term called “The Event” for all kinds of catastrophic scenarios where having a bunker comes in handy. We’re talking environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, solar storm, virus outbreak, you name it!
So, these bunkers come in all shapes and sizes. From Vivos Group’s underground shelters in South Dakota to Rising S’ fancy underground luxury panic rooms. I mean, we’re talking multi-million dollar fortresses, people! And then there’s this place called Miami’s Indian Creek Village, which they call the “billionaire bunker.” It’s like a whole island with its own police force, golf course, and country club. That’s next-level, man!
And get this, even celebrities are jumping on the “billionaire bunker” bandwagon. We got Ivanka Trump and Tom Brady buying property there. Recently, Jeff Bezos dropped a whopping $79 million on a mansion on Indian Creek. That’s pocket change for him! I mean, who knows if they’re doomsday prepping or just collecting vacation homes, right?
Now, let me give you some historical context here. Doomsday prepping ain’t just for the ultra-rich. Back in the ’50s and ’60s, fallout shelters were all the rage in America. The government was like, “Yo, folks, build those shelters! We might have a nuclear war!” Crazy times, my friends.
But let’s be real, Rushkoff says the chances of those bunkers actually protecting you during a doomsday scenario are slim. Closed ecosystems and contamination risks, man. It’s a tough gig.
Oh, and by the way, no comment from Altman’s team. They’re staying tight-lipped on this one.
Alright, my friends, that’s the scoop. Remember, stay prepared, but maybe skip the crazy bunkers. And don’t forget to check out more awesome videos here on Insider Inc. Peace out!