And that a primary goal should be that undeveloped countries should be able to cheaply buy the energy they need to improve their way of life from orbital power stations.

Basically he's saying space habitats and the industries associated with them should be decentralized and sustainable, except those words probably weren't in the vernacular at the time.

Sustainability, decentralization, space, long Show more

Sustainability, decentralization, space, long Show more

Been reading Gerard O'Neill's book "The High Frontier" about solving Earth's resource problems by building habitats in orbit and moving some of our population, energy production, and heavy industry up there where it can't pollute the Earth. He writes up some guiding principles for ensuring this change will be a positive one. Show more

@puffinus_puffinus @eben Really didn't mean to stir up a firestorm with this post. I don't spend a lot of time on sunbeam.city because it usually doesn't feel like a solarpunk future is getting any closer. I was excited to see someone influential wanting to push the world in that direction.

I have no illusions about Bezos. If we let him be in charge of the future we'll be wage-slaves squealing under his boot. But O'Neill cylinders are decades away; there's a good chance he'll be retired or dead before they come about. Bezos is trying to build the infrastructure that will make orbital habitats possible. I want to encourage the construction of that infrastructure without allowing people like Bezos to control the habitats the rockets will service.

What would that look like, I wonder? We know we don't want full capitalist control, and yet construction in space will need a lot of capital. Do we want a socialist system? There are many of those. Which one? Something new?

Jeff Bezos wants to preserve Earth, but he also wants to build space stations for people to live in. Some of the art has kind of a vibe to it.

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