Bill Gates is not interested in Mars as much as Elon Musk, he says there are problems here on Earth to solve
In recent years, Bill Gates has gone from being the richest man in the world to being the third, surpassed by Jeff Bezos and recently by Elon Musk. While the latter two seek to conquer space with Blue Origin and SpaceX … Bill Gates says rockets are not the solution.
Microsoft co-founder has been dedicated to philanthropy for a long time, with a special focus on eradicating diseases or climate change among other things. In recent weeks he has published a new book called ‘How to Avoid a Climate Disaster’ and as a result of this he has taken the opportunity to grant multiple interviews where he has left interesting statements such as la bet on synthetic meat or his little interest in Mars as opposed to Earth. The latter should not come as a surprise, he already said it a few years ago.
“I don’t think rockets are the solution”
Elon Musk seeks to colonize Mars and, for it, wait the first manned mission by 2024 or at the latest 2026. A quarter century later esteem that will be a million people. For this, hopes are placed on the gigantic Starship ship, which is already in tests.
But is this the solution for humanity and its pollution of the planet? Bill Gates doesn’t think so, see more important to solve the problems we have here instead of escaping to another planet. Cautiously complimenting Elon Musk on what he has accomplished with Tesla and climate change, he said he does not consider himself a person from Mars like Elon.
In fact, Bill Gates has gone further claiming that electric cars or passenger transport are the “easy stuff”. The “difficult things” to solve and that contribute the most to the environment, he says that they still need great innovations, he gives as an example cement, steel or meat. In the words of the co-founder of Microsoft. “… the things that people think about – electricity, passenger cars – are a third of the problem. So we have to work on the other two-thirds.”
If something has characterized Bill Gates for years it is effective altruism popularized by Australian philosopher Peter Singer. Applying this principle, he finds more profit in investing money for things on Earth than on Mars. As he has expressed, he prefers to spend the money on other things instead of trips to Mars. For example, it is more useful to spend the money to distribute vaccines or take other measures that reduce the spread of diseases.
Via | NOW