Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the self-funded space explorer, has predicted that Earth will soon be turned into a natural resort as only a few people will be allowed to stay here in the future.
“This place is special, we can’t ruin it,” the billionaire said at the annual Ignatius Forum in Washington, DC. Talking about his own company, Blue Origin, he said the experts aim to make sure that millions of humans get to not just work in space but also be born and call space their first home.
The billionaire also stated that the people will, in the future, call other planets their “default home”. Sharing his vision, Bezos affirmed millions of people would move from Earth to space over time and added that the time would come soon. He predicted nearly a million people would be working on the other planet very soon. However, he did not reveal the expected timeline for his vision. “Over centuries, most or many of the people will be born in space. It will be their first home. They will be born in these colonies, they will live in these colonies. They may visit Earth the way you would visit Yellowstone National Park,” Wion quoted Bezos as saying during the annual Ignatius Forum in Washington.
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In what can be seen as a significant step in boosting its space program, the UAE government has engaged in talks with billionaire Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin to ensure a partnership for commercial space tourism. The talks reportedly took place between UAE’s Minister of Economy, Abdulla bin Touq Al-Marri and Blue Origin’s Vice President Brent Sherwood at the ongoing International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Dubai. This comes after reports emerged that Bezos was eyeing a location in UAE to use it as a spaceport, as per The National News.
This Earth can support, let’s say, 10 billion people to a certain degree. We’d have to work really hard to figure out how to do that without degrading the planet… The solar system can support a trillion people,” Jeff Bezos said during the conference. Bezos claimed that the continuously growing population of the human race would make it difficult to expand the living zones on Earth.
Though he seems positive about shifting the human race to space in the future, he did not clarify who will get selected to stay on Earth or go to space. Will selection be on the basis of survival of the fittest? Will it be the people with high IQ that will get to go? So far, this crucial aspect is not clear at all.
According to Bezos, the hard part is not the space trip, that part has been fixed in the 60s nor the reusability, the space shuttle type has done that. But the hardest part is operational reusability, which requires practice to get it right.
Additionally, he affirmed his privately funded aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services company Blue Origin would be named as ‘Earth ambassadors’ in the coming years.
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