After traveling to space, Amazon’s billionaire owner Jeff Bezos predicts billions of humans will be “working in space” colonies and come to Earth only to visit.
“The way you visit Yellowstone National Park,” Bezos told participants at a panel discussion at the Ignatius Forum in Washington, DC, according to the Nov. 13 Independent.
For Bezos, such depopulation would help “protect the planet”: “This Earth can support, let’s say, 10 billion people to a certain degree,” he estimated, as quoted by RT.
He added: “We’d have to work really hard to figure out how to do that without degrading the planet… The solar system can support a trillion people.”
Bezos also told the audience: “Over centuries, most or many of the people will be born in space. It will be their first home.”
“Even if you were to terreform Mars or do something very dramatic like that—which could be very, very challenging, by the way—even if you were to do that, that is, at most, a doubling of Earth,” Bezos said.
He also felt that through that resource created off-Earth, many billions more people could be housed.
“Then you’re going from 10 billion people to 20 billion people,” he added. His conception of floating space cities envisions that they will hold up to a million people and abound with “rivers and forests and wildlife.”
He also used the event to refer to the existence of extraterrestrial life, saying, “How could there not be? There are so many stars, just in this galaxy. And then so many galaxies.
He added: “The odds that we are the only intelligent life in the universe seem vanishingly small to me,” although he doubted that aliens had ever visited Earth.
In the same forum, with the theme “The Future of Space,” in addition to Bezos, the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, and Durham University theologian David Wilkinson all participated.
On the other hand, Bezos’ statements cause chattering among netizens, and Twitter user @owhy3 expressed: “Absurd, but real. I can’t decide who’s crazier, him or Zuckerberg.”
For others, however, the possibility is not so remote, and could set up a stark contrast in lifestyles between those who have a lot of money and those who don’t.
“Keeping earth for the uber wealthy and shipping the poor to live in tin can colonies to mine the moon and mars sounds way more plausible than actually terraforming other planets based on our technology,” posted Twitter affiliate @mcweedson from his account.
Another person sees in Bezos’ predictions a persistent idea of drastically reducing the current humanity: “Why are these crazy billionaires obsessed with reducing the world’s population?”