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Jeff Bezos: trillions of humans could one day live in giant space stations

By T.K. Randall
December 17, 2023 · Comment icon 13 comments
A densely populated space station of the future.
Could humans one day end up living in a place like this ? Image Credit: Bing AI / Dall-E 3
The billionaire entrepreneur and founder of Blue Origin envisages a future in which most people live in outer space.
With the Earth's population now at 8 billion people and growing, it stands to reason that, sooner or later, we are going to outstrip our planet's capacity to support us.

When that happens, colonizing space is going to be critical to both the long-term survival and continued expansion of our civilization.

During a recent interview with podcaster Lex Fridman, Jeff Bezos - the billionaire founder of Blue Origin and former CEO of Amazon - expressed his views on what such a future might look like.

Interestingly, he didn't seem to think that colonizing other worlds was the answer. Instead, he favored the idea of humans living in gigantic cylindrical space stations.

"I would love to see a trillion humans living in the solar system," he said. "If we had a trillion humans, we would have, at any given time, 1,000 Mozarts and 1,000 Einsteins."
"The only way to get to that vision is with giant space stations."

"The planetary surfaces are just way too small."

Bezos also believes that, in the future, the Earth might become something of a holiday destination to which visitors would travel in a similar way to how people currently visit Yellowstone National Park.

His views are in stark contrast to those of rival Elon Musk who has firmly set his sights on colonizing other planets with Mars remaining the focus of his long-term ambitions.

Who knows, perhaps one day they will both be proven right.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 months ago
And do you own a company that manufactures launch vehicles and spacecraft? Are you putting $billions of your own wealth into making such plans happen? If the answer to these questions is no then when Bezos says it his words carry vastly more credibility than when you say it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Dejarma 5 months ago
calm down.. i'm just avin a bit of banter, nothing more... he could be right i don't know-- we'll see won't we. Well you & i probably won't- we'll be long dead by then i guess?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 months ago
That maybe a great idea in a science fiction novel, but in the real world it's totally unrealistic. The fastest spacecraft we currently have would take tens of thousands of years to reach even the nearest star. We don't have the technology to reach for the stars just yet, but we already have space stations. Even when we do have such technology the journey times will be decades or centuries, meaning that the very objections you have to space station life will exist for those venturing to these exoplanets.  By the time we are capable of star travel we could already have the future Bezos envisag... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 months ago
I'm perfectly calm, thank you. If you don't like people calling you out on nonsense posts then don't make nonsense posts  it's very simple really. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Dejarma 5 months ago
you're referring to nonsense posts in this place ? oh ok then--- why did you feel the need to call me out on it? And why did you feel a need to say ^this^ to me AFTER i've said it was just a bit of banter? you obviously have a problem with something/ somewhere somehow? eeer what is it? just out of interest
Comment icon #9 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 5 months ago
Good day Waspie_Dwarf and thanks for your quote. I realize that we currently do not have the ability to travel vast distances in our solar system or our galaxy. My comments were based upon the fact that we should spend more time and resources to find habitual planets and moons using our current technology which is space telescope displays. In my opinion the odds of mankind every traveling at light speed are slim, however, I do believe that an Einstein-Rosen bridge (wormhole) is a theoretical possible in the not-too-distant future. Since it has been proven that extreme gravity created by large ... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Cho Jinn 5 months ago
We’ll have planet colonies long before giant O’Neil cylinders. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Comment icon #11 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 5 months ago
Will never happen.  Humanity is so flawed, just look at the world we live today. Absolutely disgusting.  The mega rich like Bezos and first world governments are all in it for themselves. Narcissism, greed, corruption never changes.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Tatetopa 5 months ago
We are beginning to sound like a scummy renter aren't we? Trash our house and rather than fix it up, just move.  I wonder if a renter that trashes his first house learns a lesson or just repeats his behavior?
Comment icon #13 Posted by MissJatti 5 months ago
To have a trillion people living in a space station, that space station would be bigger than the size of our sun. We would need schools, libraries, football stadiums and all that, (ect etc) for humans to survive, even in space, and by that time another trillion people..........!!!

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