Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world with a present value of $ 125 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaire Index. And he invests a lot of his Amazon assets in the development of space technology through his airline Blue Origin.
Why? "Because I think it's important, Bezos told Norah O & # 39; Donnell about" CBS Evening News "in an interview that sent on Tuesday." I think it's important for this planet, I think it's important for the dynamics of future generations. It's something I care about. And that's something I've been thinking about my whole life. "
Furthermore, space technologies are critical for people to have a long future," says Bezos.
"We humans must go to the room if we are to continue to have a thriving civilization, "says Bezos." We have become big as a population, as a species, and this planet is relatively small. We see it in things like climate change and pollution and heavy industry. We are about to destroy this planet. And we have sent robotic probes to every planet in the solar system – this is the good thing. So, we must preserve this planet. "
To do that, it will be necessary to be able to live and work in the room," says Bezos.
"We send things into space, but they are all made on Earth. Finally, making very complicated things, such as microprocessors and everything, in the room and then sending the very complexly produced items back to earth will be much cheaper and easier, so we don't have the big factories and pollution generating industries that do these things now on the ground, says Bezos. "And the earth can be sonicated housing."
It will be "several generations" and "hundreds of years" before this is a reality, said Bezos at CBS, but with Blue Origin, he is working to develop the technology that will make it possible.
People will be able to live in space (in self-sufficient room structures) if they choose, says Bezos.
"People will want to live on earth, and they will want to live off the earth. It's going to be very nice places to live from the earth too. People will make that choice," Bezos says.
Astronaut John Glenn, the first American to pave the earth, wrote Bezos a letter in 2016 and said that the work Bezos did, would eventually make space travel as common as airline.
"He wrote me the most beautiful letter just a few days before he died, and I have framed it in my office, and it is very meaningful to me," says Bezos. Glenn said in the letter that he saw a future when we were to control spacecraft as jetliners, and "when that happens, it will be largely due to your epic achievements."
"I think it's totally credible," says Bezos. "If you went back a hundred years and told people today that you would be able to buy a ticket and fly around the world on a jetliner, they would think you were crazy. But that is the kind of change that can happen in just 100 years or less. "
The first step in that journey is space tourism," says Bezos. Blue Origin is already testing the vehicle, the new shepherd, to take people into the room for short tourism trips.
"Everyone who goes to the room says they come back a little changed, and they realize how beautiful this planet is and how small and fragile it is," says Bezos. "Something we can't see when we're down here, but from up there it becomes obvious."
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