When billionaires criticize billionaires, you can see what makes our world tick.
Earlier this week, Bill Gates examined Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos’ interest in space travel during an interview with CBS“According to James Cordon.” a video shared on Twitter.
While this is not the first time Gates disagreed on space travel (specifically to Mars), marking another break from the club of billionaire space barons, who are increasingly interested in building commercial infrastructure in space, especially in the novice field of space tourism.
Gates emphasizes the need to tackle earthly problems
“I don’t know – I became obsessed with things like malaria and HIV and got rid of these diseases, and I probably bored people with cocktails talking about diseases,” Gates said in response to Cordon’s question about what the billionaire thought about the passion of his financial colleagues. to space travel. “Space? We have a lot of work to do here on Earth.” Quickly confirming the billionaire’s words, Cordon said Gates’ response was “the best burn” he had ever heard. While it certainly has a lot to do with class, it is important that Gates is one of the few billionaires who is not resolutely interested in extending the scope of his empire to the extreme. On the same subject, but in a more flattering tone, CBS the comedian thanked Gates for “being the billionaire who is not trying to escape from planet Earth on a spaceship right now.”
That’s not true, because while SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said he wants to “die on Mars,” according to interview from 2014he also thinks there is only 70% chance on the trip to Mars. But Gates’ latest comments come after SpaceX’s latest stage: Launch the world’s first all-civilian mission in orbit. While media coverage on the ground (in space) was scarce during this mission, the CEO of SpaceX Blue Origin’s rival Jeff Bezos has already flown to the threshold of space in July this year. Bezos’ recent flight to the periphery of the frontier came in the footsteps of another of his fellow billionaires and space barons, Richard Branson, who shared Musk’s feelings about the need for mass space travel. But these efforts cost billions of dollars, which are sorely needed on Earth.
Earth’s heat breaks 125,000-year-old records
A big comparison from last year occurred when protests, in which fires spread to several American cities, continued, while SpaceX and its pristine launch procedures continued like clockwork; with a giant white rocket sitting quietly in a vast open field, highlighting the growing mismatch in the quality of life of Earth’s citizens. And this applies not only to income inequality, but also to the basic level of human experience: until 2020. millions have suffered mass layoffs and faced with the possibility of subsequent evictions amid a literal global pandemic, the few at the head of the financial spectrum continued to build a multibillion-dollar space industry. So it is not a huge leap of the imagination to wonder why the world’s economic powers seem less interested in improving the human condition than in rising far above the shocks of those below.
However, Musk and Bezos have repeatedly claimed that their plans for outer space will help meet the challenge of climate change on the ground. We could take their word for it, but somehow Musk is building a human settlement on Mars, and Bezos is planning emit heavy carbon industries into space they do not seem to be the most effective plans to combat the problems most people on Earth face. For example, no one can say whether Tesla’s sustainable technologies will ultimately contribute to a better environment, as lithium-ion batteries, which power Musk’s all-electric cars, require extensive and environmentally harmful operations. And in 2019, the deliveries of plastic packaging to Amazon were created 465 million pounds of wastewhich left 22.4 million pounds of plastic packaging in waterways and marine ecosystems. But the fact that Gates is not wrong that there is still a lot of work to do on Earth does not mean that it is part of the solution to the problems we face. After all, Microsoft’s efforts to remain carbon-neutral have shown only gradual progress. For better or worse, most will agree that some progress is better than none. Even if this progress continues to lose ground the planet breaks 125,000-year-old heat records.