Founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos thinks we need to start sending people to colonize the solar system as soon as possible. What’s the easiest way to do that? Simple: create the infrastructure necessary for and spark the desire needed for commercial space tourism to take off. The reasons are simple. First, and most importantly, humanity needs to spread across the galaxy for its long-term safety. Second, most of the system’s resources are far away from Earth. That’s why Bezos created Blue Origin. One of the company’s reusable rockets, New Shephard, might have tourists in space as early as 2018.

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Jeff is a self-proclaimed pragmatic futurist; that is, he has high hopes for absurd life-altering technologies which sound too good to be true, and probably are. Although he writes on a variety of subjects, his real passion is for technological innovation and the people who make it happen. By day, he enjoys fuzzy bunnies, kittens, puppies, roller coasters and a sardonic written word or two. By night, he's busy running MMR, replaying a random Final Fantasy game, or pretending to be Batman. He currently resides in Upstate NY.