Just the word alone brings up exciting thoughts of flying cars, virtual reality, and technology aimed at making our lives more convenient, but what about the bigger picture? How will future generations avoid extension and survive to move forward as a species? While all that seems a little hard to answer right now, Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos offered some possible answers to that question and several others.
Bezos believes that one way of preserving the earth’s natural resources is to move industries to the moon in order to capitalize on its resources. While Bezos claimed that the idea was a no-brainer for how to conserve the planet's resources, he cautioned that humans would still need to rely on the earth for other resources.
“The Earth is not a very good place to do heavy industry. Bezos said during a speech at The Space Development conference,” It’s convenient for us right now,” Bezos said. “But in the not-too-distant future — I’m talking decades, maybe 100 years — it’ll start to be easier to do a lot of the things that we currently do on Earth in space because we’ll have so much energy.”
As for how he plans to make a moon colony and space travel the way of the future, Bezos claimed he was going to spend his entire 131 billion dollar fortune on the ambitious project. He also said that he was investing about a billion dollars a year in stock from Amazon to fund his space company, Blue Origins.
“We will have to leave this planet,” Bezos told a reporter at Geekwire in another interview”. “We’re going to leave it, and it’s going to make this planet better. We’ll come and go, and the people who want to stay will stay.”
According to Bezos, expanding into space travel will open up the possibility of exponential growth that could result in a trillion humans’ inhabiting various parts of the solar system. In fact, he believes that living on the moon will allow for humans to utilize solar power and other unlimited resources.
"Now take the scenario, where you move out into the solar system. The solar system can easily support a trillion humans," says Bezos. "And if we had a trillion humans, we would have a thousand Einsteins and a thousand Mozarts and unlimited, for all practical purposes, resources, and solar power unlimited for all practical purposes. That's the world that I want my great-grandchildren's great-grandchildren to live in."
Another topic Bezos touched on about the future was how big of an impact that artificial intelligence and understanding language was going to have on it. Although some might see that idea as a little frittering to think about, Bezos also claimed that the advances won’t be too futuristic right away and that humans will still rely on touch screens for a while.
“ I think natural language understanding I think machine learning in general artificial intelligence this is probably hard to overstate how big of an impact it's going to have on society over the next 20 years so it is big it is it doesn't mean that you know phones are going to go away or anything like, that it's not it's not