Elon Musk wants to pull of colonization of Mars. Stephen Hawking has called for Moon and Mars colonies. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (also the founder of aerospace company BlueOrigin) wants something "slightly more measured" than just building colonies on the Red Planet. Our guess is Bezos plans to build industrial zones in space by moving Amazon fulfilment centers orbiting the Earth. Don’t believe us? Read for yourself.
On Tuesday night, at the Code Conference, Bezos took the stage for a wide-ranging talk with Walt Mossberg. One of the topics discussed during the dialog was ‘How do you protect planet Earth?’ Billionaire Bezos thinks that the best way to do this is by paving the way for an industrial economy in space. At large, industrial activities should be performed in space where energy from the sun is limitless and available around the clock, in order to keep our home planet clean and habitable for humans.
"Earth will be zoned residential and light industrial. You shouldn't be doing heavy energy on earth. We can build gigantic chip factories in space," he told Recode Editor at large Walt Mossberg. "Let me assure you, this is the best planet. We need to protect it, and the way we will is by going out into space. You don't want to live in a retrograde world where we have to freeze population growth."
He believes, it all boils down to infrastructure. No word yet on when Bezos will be moving Amazon in space.
According to Bezos, it all boils down to infrastructure. “If you go back to when I started Amazon, all of the heavy-lifting infrastructure to support Amazon was already in place. We did not have to invent a remote payment system. It was already there. It was called the credit card,” he said.
When Bezos founded Amazon, we didn’t have to invent transportation, there was postal service, after all. He believes the same way we can have industrial zones in space thriving from deployment, citing industries that already existed on this notion – from PCs to internet deployment via fiber optics for long-distance telephones.
“So when it comes to space, I see it as my job – I’m building infrastructure the hard way. I’m using my resources to put in heavy-lifting infrastructure,” he said. “So the next generation of people can have a dynamic, entrepreneurial explosion into space.”
And what if we have to choose another habitable planet?
“We will settle Mars. And we should because it’s cool,” he quips as the audience chortled.
With industrial zones in space, Bezos will pioneer a trend that will sweep industries with astral-innovation. Just tell us when you’re moving Amazon in space, Mr. Bezos!