Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, yesterday spent an hour holding his plans for the future of humanity on the Moon and in space colonies. It was a bit like watching a monologue from a sci-fi movie in many ways. And now you can finally watch the entire presentation online.
Billionaire Elon Musk attaches great importance to offering a live video stream when announcing something so important and futuristic. But Bezos and its space company Blue Origin did not post a video of yesterday's event until midnight. It's a fascinating conversation, but maybe a livestream next time, Jeff? After all, it's the future we talk about.
The entire presentation has been uploaded to YouTube and we have a TLDR (or TLDW version) version with screenshots and animated GIFs.
Bezos began his presentation by saying that "The Earth is the Best Planet" and many quotes from people like the late Astronomer Carl Sagan.
Bezos emphasized that we as human beings can both "work here and now" and "with great problems."
Bezos claimed, " We will run out of energy on earth " and that " that's just arithmetic. " Bezos says humanity's energy use is not sustainable.
Bezos says we can focus on energy efficiency But the problem with this idea is that "it's already accepted".
Bezos was created various examples of improved efficiency, from the amount of work that was required 200 years ago to produce artificial light, to the amount of fuel that was required to make a man in to bring around an airplane.
"What happens when unlimited demand hits finite resources? The answer is unbelievably simple: rationing, "said Bezos.
" The good news is that when we go out into the solar system, for practical reasons, we would have unlimited resources. Bezos said.
"So we can Do we want stasis and rationing or do we want momentum and growth? "Bezos said." This is an easy choice, we know what we want, we just have to deal with it. "
Bezos continues when humankind going into the solar system, we could have "a trillion people," meaning "we could have a thousand Mozarts and a thousand Einsteins." Bezos never really explains what he means, but it sounds good!
Bezos introduced the audience to the ideas of Gerard O'Neill, de m deceased physicist and a great proponent of building artificial habitats in space.
Bezos said a scenario where humans live on other planetary surfaces It is not ideal, as places like Mars are at a great distance, have no earth-like gravity, and are not that big.
"What O Neill and his students are up to Bringing the idea was the idea of completed worlds being shot to create centrifugal force, "says Bezos.
says Bezos be many kilometers long and hold one million or more people.
"This is a very different colony" than the International Space Station.
Bezos said his new space colonies had ] "high speed traffic, agricultural areas" (19459012) and says "we added a small drone there" (19459012) while watching the animated video of his space colonies Show idea.
"Some of them would be more rest." Bezos said while a picture of a wildlife-filled space colony appeared on the presentation surface.
"These are really nice places to live," Bezos said. "Some of these O'Neill colonies could replicate Earth's cities. You could pick historical cities and somehow imitate them. "
" There are completely new types of architecture, "said Bezos. "These are ideal climates. These are shirt-sleeved environments. "
" This is Maui on its most beautiful day, all year round. No rain, no storm, no earthquakes. What does architecture look like when it is no longer primarily used as accommodation? We will find out. "
Bezos then played a snippet from an 1975 interview with Isaac Asimov and Gerard K. O'Neill.
Bezos continues to say this with its space colonies not far The earth, our home planet, will be "in residential areas and in light industry".
Heavy industry and "all things that pollute our planet" are done from Earth, explains Bezos.
"There is no plan B. We must save this planet" Bezos said in his presentation that it was supposedly a Plan B.
Bezos said "That will take a long time, that is a great vision " Recognizing that " the price for the admission of interesting things in space is just too high "
" There is no infrastructure " For space travel Bezos said while executing that Amazon would have to build the US Postal Service, if he had to build the US Postal Service, he would not work and Amazon would have to invest billions of dollars to get off the ground.
Bezos also explains that they do not have to invent payment systems like credit cards, which are also part of the infrastructure that has helped Amazon succeed.
"Infrastructure makes entrepreneurs do amazing things"  . The children here and their children and their grandchildren are building the O & Neill colonies. The task of this generation is the task of my generation to build the infrastructure so that you are able to do it, "said Bezos. "We will make a way into space, and then amazing things will happen."
Bezos says that there are two important things needed to live humanity in space. Firstly, radical introduction costs have to be reduced, and second, resources in space have to be exploited, as it is incredibly expensive to transport things from Earth to space.
Bezos then went on a reusable field spacecraft like the New Shepard of Blue Origin. The New Shepard is a suborbital vehicle designed for space tourism.
"We will fly people with the New Shepard this year," Bezos said. "This is unbelievably exciting."
"New Shepard is powered by liquid hydrogen. It's the rocket fuel with the best performance, but it's also the hardest to work with, "Bezos said.
" And it's not necessary for a suborbital mission. Why did we choose it? Because we knew we would need it for the next stage, and we wanted to practice with this most difficult to use but most powerful propellant. "
Bezos said that it was the same reason for which they developed a vertical landing the New Shepard.
"I can not wait to send people to New Shepard later this year. That's a big deal. "
Bezos said he was often asked what would change in ten years, but the" more important question "is what will not change.
Nobody believes it's customers In ten years' time, he'll demand higher prices for Amazon, and he says similar things apply to space.
Bezos stated that the first stage of the New Glenn is to be reused 25 times and has a 7-meter disguise.
The New Glenn will lift 45 tonnes into Earth orbit (LEO) and 13 tonnes into Geosynchronous Transfer orbit (GTO).
beginning, "said 19459012 Bezos of the New Glenn. "We will fly it for the first time in 2021."
Bezos announced the fact that New Glenn uses a cheap fuel, stating that "the cost of the New Glenn Less fuel are millions of dollars. "
" The reason that launching things into orbit today is so expensive is because you throw away the hardware, "Bezos said. " It's as if you drive to the mall and throw it away after a ride. "
" One of the most important things we know about the moon today is that there is water there, it's in shape of ice. "