Despite all the innovations around us, kids still need as much encouragement as possible to become the next mad genius to push us into the future, which is what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did during a recent talk at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Staying true to the theme of the facility, Bezos launched into an almost Elon Musk-like talk on his private space travel company Blue Origin and why humans should go to space and what challenges we face.
“I want to see millions of people living and working in space,” said Bezos to a large group of children who asked some pretty damn smart questions about space travel.
“I think we should build a permanent human settlement on one of the poles of the moon,” said Bezos, explaining how robots could land supplies on the moon before humans arrive. “It’s time to go back to the moon, but this time to stay.”
“I want to see millions of people living and working in space.”
Organizations including the European Space Agency (ESA), Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmo), the Chinese government and the Google Lunar X Prize have all discussed plans for landing a spacecraft on the moon. However, so far, humans still haven’t been back to the moon’s surface.
Nevertheless, while Musk mostly constantly talks up creating a base on Mars far into the future (and, for now, just flying around the moon), as you might expect from the founder of Amazon, Bezos is taking the slightly more practical route of putting down roots on the much closer moon, and seeding the idea with our youth for the future.
The entire speech and question and answer session, posted by GeekWire, lasts about 40 minutes and you can watch it here.