Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is the richest individual within the international with a modern internet worth of $125 billion, consistent with the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. And he’s investing plenty of his Amazon fortune in the improvement of area technology thru his aerospace organization Blue Origin.
Why? “Because I suppose it’s crucial,” Bezos tells Norah O’Donnell of “CBS Evening News” in an interview which aired Tuesday. “I suppose it’s far important for this planet. I suppose it’s essential for the dynamism of future generations. It is the I care deeply approximately. And it’s far some thing I were thinking about all my life.”
Bezos — who says “you don’t choose your passions, your passions pick out you” — became involved in space while he turned into a child looking astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong land on the moon, he tells O’Donnell.
Further, developing area technologies is critical for people to have a protracted future, Bezos says.
It can be “a couple of generations” and “loads of years” earlier than that is a fact, Bezos said on CBS, however with Blue Origin he’s working to expand the technology so one can make it feasible.
People might be capable of stay in space (in self-sufficient space systems) if they so pick, Bezos says.
“People are going to want to live on Earth, and they are going to want to live off Earth. There are going to be very excellent locations to live off the earth as nicely. People will make that choice,” Bezos says.
Astronaut John Glenn, the primary American to orbit the Earth, wrote Bezos a letter in 2016 saying the work Bezos became doing might, in the end, make area tour as not unusual as air travel.
“He wrote me the maximum stunning letter only some days earlier than he handed away and I have it framed in my workplace and it’s far very meaningful to me,” Bezos says. Glenn stated in that letter he saw a future when we can board spacecraft like jetliners, and “when that occurs, it will largely be due to your epic achievements.”
“I suppose this is totally plausible,” Bezos says. “If you went again in time a hundred years and informed human beings today that you might have the ability to shop for a price tag and fly across the world on a jetliner, they might have a notion you had been loopy. But that’s the kind of change which can manifest in just a hundred years or much less.”
“We human beings should go to area if we’re going to keep to have a thriving civilization,” Bezos says. “We have come to be big as a populace, as a species, and this planet is noticeably small. We see it in such things as climate trade and pollution and heavy enterprise. We are in the technique of destroying this planet. And we have sent robotic probes to every planet in the solar system — that is the best one. So, we need to hold this planet.”
To do that would require being capable of stay and paintings in the area, says Bezos.
“We send things up into space, but they’re all made on Earth. Eventually it will be plenty less expensive and simpler to make honestly complex matters, like microprocessors and the whole thing, in area after which ship the ones rather complicated synthetic items backtrack to earth, in order that we don’t have the large factories and pollution generating industries that make those matters now on Earth,” Bezos says. “And Earth can be zoned residential.”