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What Is the Best Way to Spend One Billion Dollars?
This question was inspired by a recent news story about Jeff Bezos. It is reported that he intends to spend one billion of his fortunes to explore and invest in space travel. Is this a wise move? Or, the money could be better utilized to save our planet?
- Mar. 2018
First of all, a billion dollars is a lot of money. There are only a handful of billionaires in the world. They made these fortunes by smart enterprises. Spending it is not as easy as you might think. People like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos and other tycoons who are globalist and futurists believe the ultimate goal should be to find another home for our species out in deep space. They also believe that our planet is numbered. Either due to our own doing or some natural disaster, our planet is heading for extinction. The only way to save the human race is to find another home perhaps on Mars.
This will take awhile to achieve and they are just starting to plant the seed. To colonize Mars sounds like science fiction but it is possible given the proper geo engineering.
There are some naysayers who does not believe this is viable. Our best bet is to protect our current environment and make sure it does not get destroyed. One way is to adopt renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuel. Another is to build space crafts that can deflect in coming asteroids and avoid a major collision. All these proposals takes time to develop and cost money.
The dilemma for humans is which way to go. What is the better move?
What Would I Do?
I have given this a lot of thought. If I had a billion dollars to spend, how would I use it to get the maximum cost benefit?
In order to answer this in a rational way, it is good to first ask what are the main problems around the world?
Here are some to get started...
- over population
- world hunger
- lack of clean water
- pandemic diseases
- climate change
- energy shortage
- poor education
- transportation and congestion
- robots and AI
My Top Priority...
The basics for humans to survive is air, water, food, clothing and shelter...
The next level is energy. We need energy to run our gadgets, be able to move around, to heat our homes, to run our lights, to run our cars and trains, and to cook our foods...
As with recent natural disasters like tsunami and hurricanes, when we loose power for even a few days, things start to go south really quickly. How can we insure we will have readily access to energy power? One that is portable, and long lasting, reliable and cheap. Those are the specifications and so far we don’t have it as yet. Some have come close but no cigars.
A portable energy pack.
In summary, if I had a billion dollars to spend, I would use it to develop a personal power pack. One that can be carried on your back and will be able to run your cars, your house, your computers and anything you will need to survive. I am not sure what that medium would be but it would have to be small, light weight, convertible, and replenish easily. It could be fuel cells or even a miniature nuclear device. Like the Arc Reactor of Iron Man. Who wants one?
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