I think life on earth is just about played out. There all these people working in boring jobs so that they can afford to buy shit, and all these companies trying to produce more shit so they can sell it to the boring people. I’m not interested in buying shit or selling it, so where’s my place in this world? I don’t think there is one.
My dream is colonies on the moon and mars, with new governments that are struggling to survive, so much that they don’t have time to interfere in people’s lives. There are a billion opportunities out there for people who weren’t born lucky in the first world.
Every company, every start up wants to figure out what the next big industry will be. Like the computer industry, or the car industry before that, they want to be the next Apple in a field that doesn’t even exist. It’s obvious that it’s space, but the only company pushing it right now seems to be Virgin. That’s just not enough. The problem is, the risk is so silly big and so unknown that everyone is trying to avoid the obvious solution.
Think about this: you can’t download space. No really, you can’t. Software is the big thing right now, but the world only needs so many payroll and inventory systems. iPhone apps, for gods’ sake – I can’t believe anyone is still making money at that. Entertainment – no one wants to pay for it anymore. These things all keep chugging along, but I don’t know how…
But getting into space is hard. You need a spaceship. Costs money. You need crew. Money. You need supplies, money. There’s money to be made at every step of process, even if designs are stolen, even if patents are violated. My job right now is finding out what companies are into space, besides Virgin, which ones are the farthest along, which ones will take me with them.