Bezos is telling us about the future that surveillance capitalists are preparing for us:
The world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos, unveiled his sweeping vision for humanity on Thursday afternoon in a Washington D.C. ballroom. We have seen bits and pieces of Bezos’ vision to use the resources of space to save Earth and make it a garden for humans before. But this is the first time he has he stitched it together in such a comprehensive and radical narrative, starting with reusable rockets and ending with gargantuan, cylindrical habitats in space where millions of people could live.
And I can easily guess which humans will stay in the garden and which ones will be stuck in cylindrical habitats. I can also easily guess who will decide whether you deserve the garden or a pod.
And he is still hooked today, imagining up to 1 million humans living in each cylinder built from asteroid materials and other space resources. Each environment would be climate controlled, with cities, farms, mountains, or beaches. “This is Maui on its best day all year long,” Bezos said. “No rain. No earthquakes. People are going to want to live here.”
In case you haven’t had a good night’s sleep and don’t feel sharp today, this isn’t about space or about what happens 5 generations from now. The space is a metaphor. Bezos needs to place these ideas at an emotional, temporal and spatial remove as he starts introducing them. Once you get habituated to them, he’ll say, oh, by the way, no need to wait until we conquer space.
Bezos is outlining a plan for what the noted Fox News commentator Zygmunt Bauman called “human waste.”