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Title    Jeff Bezos Talks about Blue Origin at Yale Club Event
Date    Sunday February 24 2019, @03:36PM
Author    martyb
Topic   
from the circular-reasoning dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/02/24/0331232

takyon writes:

Jeff Bezos just gave a private talk in New York. From utopian space colonies to dissing Elon Musk's Martian dream, here are the most notable things he said.

[...] Bezos: I don't think we'll live on planets, by the way. I think we'll live in giant O'Neal[sic]-style space colonies. Gerard O'Neil, decades ago, came up with this idea. He asked his physics students at Princeton a very simple question, but a very unusual one, which is: Is a planetary surface the right place for humanity to expand in the solar system? And after doing a lot of work, they came back and decided the answer was "no." There's a fascinating interview with Isaac Asimov, Gerard O'Neill, and their interviewer that you can find on YouTube from many decades ago. And to Asimov, the interviewer says, "Why do you think we're so focused, then, on expanding onto other planetary surfaces?" And Asimov says, "That's simple. We grew up on a planet, we're planet chauvinists."

But the space colonies we'll build will have many advantages. The primary one is that they'll be close to Earth. The transit time and the amount of energy required to move between planets is so high. But if you have giant space colonies that are energetically close and, in terms of travel time close to Earth, then people will be able to come and go. Very few people are going to want to leave this planet permanently — it's just too amazing.

Ultimately what will happen, is this planet will be zoned residential and light industry. We'll have universities here and so on, but we won't do heavy industry here. Why would we? This is the gem of the solar system. Why would we do heavy industry here? It's nonsense.

And so over time — of course you have to today — but over time that transition will happen very naturally. It'll even be the business-smart thing to do because the energy and resources will be so much cheaper off-planet that industries will naturally gravitate to those lower-cost environments.

Previously: Jeff Bezos' Vision for Space: One Trillion Population in the Solar System
Jeff Bezos Details Moon Settlement Ambitions in Interview

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  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "Jeff Bezos just gave a private talk in New York. From utopian space colonies to dissing Elon Musk's Martian dream, here are the most notable things he said." - https://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-wings-club-presentation-transcript-2019-2
  3. "a fascinating interview with Isaac Asimov, Gerard O'Neill, and their interviewer" - https://www.businessinsider.com/video-watch-pbs-special-inspired-jeff-bezos-to-go-to-space-2018-10
  4. "Jeff Bezos' Vision for Space: One Trillion Population in the Solar System" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/07/17/0235257
  5. "Jeff Bezos Details Moon Settlement Ambitions in Interview" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/05/28/1443236
  6. "Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin Expects to Sell Tickets for Manned Suborbital Flights in 2019" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/06/25/1430230
  7. "Blue Origin Wins Contract to Supply United Launch Alliance With BE-4 Rocket Engines" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/09/28/2157208
  8. "New Shepard Makes 10th Launch as Blue Origin Aims to Fly Humans Late in 2019" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/01/23/1844210
  9. "Blue Origin Starts Construction of Rocket Engine Factory in Alabama" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/01/27/2247259
  10. "Blue Origin to Provide Multiple Orbital Launches for Telesat" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/01/31/2354243
  11. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=31969

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