Jeff Bezos Reveals Why He's Spending Billions Of Dollars To Go To Space

The founder of Blue Origin and founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, was recently interviewed by the CEO of Axel Springer, Mathias Döpfner. Bezos talked about why he considers Blue Origin to be above anything else he does.

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Following is the transcript of the video:

Mathias Döpfner: … Could you share with us the vision of Blue Origin and the idea of space tourism with reusable rockets?

Jeff Bezos: Yes. This is super important to me, and I believe on the longest timeframe – and really here I’m thinking of a timeframe of a couple of hundred years, so over millions of decades – I believe and I get increasing conviction with every passing year, that Blue Origin, the space company, is the most important work that I’m doing. And so there is a whole plan for Blue Origin.

Döpfner: Really, so you’d say retail, e-commerce, clouds, publishing – that’s all less relevant than the space project.

Bezos: Yes, and I’ll tell you why. First of all, of course, I’m interested in space, because I’m passionate about it. I’ve been studying it and thinking about it since I was a five-year-old boy. But that is not why I’m pursuing this work. I’m pursuing this work, because I believe, if we don’t, we will eventually end up with a civilization of stasis, which I find very demoralizing. I don’t want my great-grandchildren’s great-grandchildren to live in a civilization of stasis. We all enjoy a dynamic civilization of growth and change. Let’s think about what powers that. We are not really energy-constrained. Let me give you just a couple of numbers. If you take your body – your metabolic rate as a human it’s just an animal, you eat food, that’s your metabolism – you burn about a 100 Watts. Your power, your body is the same as a 100-Watt light bulb. We’re incredibly efficient. Your brain is about 60 Watts of that. Amazing. But if you extrapolate in developed countries where we use a lot of energy, on average in developed countries our civilizational metabolic rate is 11 000 Watts. So, in a natural state, where we’re animals, we’re only using a 100 Watts. In our actual developed-world state, we’re using 11 000 Watts. And it’s growing. For a century or more, it’s been compounding at a few percent a year – our energy usage as a civilization.

Now if you take baseline energy usage globally across the whole world and compound it at just a few percent a year for just a few hundred years, you have to cover the entire surface of the Earth in solar cells. That’s the real energy crisis. And it’s happening soon. And by soon, I mean within just a few 100 years. We don’t actually have that much time. So what can you do? Well, you can have a life of stasis, where you cap how much energy we get to use. You have to work only on efficiency. By the way, we’ve always been working on energy efficiency, and still we grow our energy usage. It’s not like we have been squandering energy. We have been getting better at using it with every passing decade. So, stasis would be very bad I think.

Now take the scenario, where you move out into the Solar System. The Solar System can easily support a trillion humans. And if we had a trillion humans, we would have a thousand Einsteins and a thousand Mozarts and unlimited (for all practical purposes) resources and solar power unlimited for all practical purposes. That’s the world that I want my great-grandchildren’s great-grandchildren to live in.

By the way, I believe that in that timeframe we will move all heavy industry off of Earth and Earth will be zoned residential and light industry. It will basically be a very beautiful planet. We have sent robotic probes to every planet in this solar system now and believe me this is the best one.

Döpfner: Jeff when can I buy the first ticket to do a little space tour.

Bezos: We are going to be… So the first tourism vehicle – we won’t be selling tickets yet – but we may put humans in it at the end of this year or at the beginning of next year. We are very close. We are building a very large orbital vehicle. We have been working on that for more than five years. It will fly for the first time in 2020. The key is reusability. This civilization I’m talking about of getting comfortable living and working in space and having millions of people and then billions of people and then finally a trillion people in space – you can’t do that with space vehicles that you use once and then throw away. It’s a ridiculous, costly way to get into space.

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  2. These billionaires and their folly. It is NOT necessary for man to
    explore space to survive. He's just using that as a crutch to justify
    spending billions on a wasteful hobby. Pour that money into water
    desalinization technology or the like. Work on zero population
    growth(the only thing that truly will save humanity), work on curing
    alzheimers and cancer. There are some things his wealth could really
    help. Cause we ain't never going to Mars (or any other planet folks),
    the human body ain't built for it. Wanna know a dirty little secret?
    Spending 6 or more months in the ISS ruins some of those astronauts
    bodies forever. They have health problems for the rest of their lives.

  3. He is putting all the retail stores out of business . not paying taxes. paying his employees peanuts .. taking all that money and going to the moon. what an ego.. he is no musk thats for sure…..
    humanity's future is not in space we are far from a space colony and will surly destroy ourselves before that ever happens..we are still stuck on religions.. there is not hope..

  4. I am confused currently the world population stands at 7.5 billion people, in 1861 the world population was only 1.3 billion. And according to the UN population data survey by 2050 we would hit 9 billion people and by 2060 it would drop down again to 8.5 billion and will continue to stabilize at that level for decades.

    By 2060 Bezos would be 97 if he lives that long. Yet he stated few months ago companies only last 100 years or less.
    This is Very perplexing indeed.

  5. Omg people wake up. What an absolute joke lol. Notice all the big billionaires goto space…. where us all our tax money going? What a joke and the public eat it all up and beleive that one day they will go to so called space. Wake up.

  6. This guy has a space company two years longer than SpaceX and hasn't accomplished near as much as Elon Musk. lol Elon is a true engineer and entrepreneur. Beszo is envious of Elon's success. Hear Bezos talk about space and Musk talk about it and the facts are obvious who is on top of their game. Elon is directly involved with his companies. I have a pretty good feeling that Bezos pays people to think for him on this matter.

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