A lot has changed since December 21, 2012 , when about 10% of people believed that the world would end.
The effects of climate change have become more frequent and severe, threatening vulnerable areas with floods, hurricanes and extreme heat. The machines have become smarter, which has led some to worry about the technological overthrow of society. And the possibility of a global nuclear war is glimpsed on the horizon, with the United States and Iran facing an unprecedented conflict.
And, as if that were not enough, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists adjusted the Judgment Clock 20 seconds closer to midnight. The clock is a symbol of how close we are to “destroy our world” using “dangerous technologies of our own creation .” The closer to midnight, the closer we are to Armageddon. And this leads us to the following, that billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are preparing to leave our planet.
Preparing for the apocalypse
Several billionaires, especially Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Yuri Milner, have poured large amounts of money into space travel. Perhaps they are only investing in space technology, however, there are many who believe that billionaires are preparing to flee the planet . In an article published in the New York Times entitled “The rich plan to leave this planet miserable,” Michael Suffredini, president and co-founder of Axiom Space, revealed the details of its orbital design habitat.
He said that a holiday in Axiom would cost $ 55 million, and not only hired the famous French designer Philippe Starck to create the interior of the station, but intends that the space suits be designed by an important European fashion firm. Suffredini revealed that three people had already signed up for the project even though the space station is not yet finished. The space colony is scheduled to receive its first guests in 2022 . In addition, Elon Musk has not hidden his plan to establish a permanent settlement on Mars. He has emphasized on many occasions the importance of ensuring that humanity is a kind of multiple planets in order to be prepared in case the worst happens.
On the other hand, the professor of virtual culture at the University of New York has said that the general direction of technological development is to create “an escape route” for billionaires . He noted that robots will be used to protect the assets of the rich left on Earth. And they can certainly afford such salvation. The richest people in the world have seen their wealth increase 42.5% at the height of the 2008 financial crisis to just over 50% by the end of 2017. This adds up to a total of 140 billion dollars, according to a recent report by the Credit Suisse financial services company.
But how is it possible to establish a colony outside our world?
According to experts in the field they say that, from a technical point of view, we are closer to returning to the Moon than ever, this time with modern systems that will provide more access to the lunar surface and allow us to remain on the surface for longer periods of time. However, when it comes to establishing a permanent orbital habitat, the only current obstacle is the need to develop a replacement for the space shuttle.
The solutions to the problems of food and oxygen supply are more achievable than many people imagine, but less certain is the impact of the long-term effect of the low gravity of Mars or the Moon on the human body and that is a problem. Even with all these inconveniences, technology billionaires are creating a galactic upper class to escape the catastrophe that we will live shortly . Whether war, natural disaster or a global pandemic , humanity is currently fighting for its survival. And the people most likely to escape this evolutionary end are the few who have money to observe the disaster from space.
And you? Are you ready for the impending planetary catastrophe?