I love the space. I am very glad that people are exploring space, and I was even happy that the Americans want to return to the moon. Space — a vast frontier of scientific discoveries that are waiting in the wings; we have the chance to explore the mysteries of the universe and learn more about yourself. But the space is not and never will be, so it is the key to saving our species. And yet, this statement — that we need courage to conquer the last frontier for the salvation of mankind and perhaps even the Earth itself — became the main dogma of a particular cohort of dreaming about space technology brothers.
What Jeff Bezos wants to do with the Earth
In 2016 Elon Musk presented his vision of establishing a permanent human presence on Mars, describing the project to transform humanity into a “mnogoletnii view” as the best and only way to protect us from extinction. Just last week, Jeff Bezos picked up this line of thinking in his 50-minute speech, ostensibly intended for the announcement of a new lunar spacecraft Blue Origin. In fact, the speech was a broad overview of the vision of Bezos for the liberation of humanity from the shackles of the limited resources of the “blue planet”.
“Throughout human history, the Earth seemed big to us,” said Bezos to the audience. “I don’t anymore. The land is no longer big. And humanity is big. It seems big, but it has an end.”
Quickly walking up to poverty, hunger, homelessness, pollution and overfishing as “urgent and immediate problems,” Bezos showed the crowd the real crisis facing humanity.
“A very fundamental problem in the long run is that we run out of energy in the world,” says Bezos. “We don’t want to stop using energy, but it is not stable”. According to Bezos, the only way to prevent us to cover “the entire surface of the Earth solar cells” is to go beyond our home and world.
“If we go further into the Solar system, we will have unlimited resources for all practical purposes,” said Bezos, explaining that we may have a “trillion people”, including “a thousand Mozart” and “a thousand Einsteins”. And if one increase the number of people is two orders of magnitude is not enough for you, Bezos has offered to put millions of people in the rotating city — also known as the O’neill cylinders in which the city yields and national parks. Presumably, a good Corporation will provide a continuous supply of air.
Land, says the Creator of Amazon, will eventually be zoned “residential and light industry”, whereas all the malware industry will go beyond the blue glow of the planet.
“Kill two birds with one stone,” said Bezos. Save the Earth for future generations, and humanity will have to abandon the “future dynamism and growth.”
What’s wrong Jeff Bezos
It all sounds very exciting, and there is nothing that a billionaire from Silicon valley would love more than theoptimist. But shouldn’t we be thinking a step ahead, at least a little? Shouldn’t we be trying to figure out how you can live consistently on one planet that supports human life, before thinking about how to recreate millions of her pocket versions in the cold, dark void?
Bezos dismissed as solved many problems of the 21st century, but now is the real crisis faced by real people. If we don’t take control of rampant climate change and find out how to prevent the extinction of a million species, there is a real chance that we’ll ever get to maximize the use of “limited resources” of the Earth, because — well, how would — be dead.
And we’re not even close to the exhaustion of earth’s resources. Bezos almost admits this, when casually remarks that we can turn all of Nevada into a solar farm to power all of the enterprise. The U.S. Department of energy has estimated that energy winds blowing off the coast of the United States, enough to power every American home. Rare earth metals that we mine to support this energy transition, abundantly available in the earth’s crust, andwe are currently unable to access to only small pockets with them, the development of new sources on the Land or improving their own technologies for their more efficient use will be much bole reasonable solutions than the production of the same metals on the rings of Saturn. We could devote part of the resources required to develop the O’neill cylinders, powerful, program fusion energy and in a hundred years to power all of the city’s sea water.
Maybe Bezos could even invest some of the resources that Amazon currently uses for automation of oil production?
And let’s not forget that the most important and scarce resource of all was found on Earth and nowhere else: biodiversity. We can’t exist without the intricate and delicate web of life, which is part of our species — all of these trillions of micro-organisms that maintain and recycle nutrients in the soil and the sea, the plants that produce oxygen and food for countless species that helped us to create new medicines or technology. We have not yet figured out how to save all the biodiversity on Earth from extinction, and we will try to create it from scratch in a vacuum?
Our view currently is played in God for easy mode and loses. To distract ourselves from the planet with water and oxygen, which is in the Goldilocks zone of our Solar system, will not ease the situation — on the contrary, will make it hell of a lot harder.
Once we get beyond Earth and it will be incredibly cool. But this planet will always be our home. And we need to figure out how to maintain its suitability for life, before we venture elsewhere. If we lose him, no replay will not.