Using the Age of Exploration as a basis, Neil deGrasse Tyson takes a close look at what life on Earth could look like in another 500 years. Spoiler Alert: It’s going to get crowded. But he’s got some solutions if we take action today. Following is a transcript of the video.
We will not survive to that day unless major changes take place.
500 years ago, Earth was a frontier. Columbus and others were exploring the Earth. If we continue increasing the population of the Earth as we have been over the past decade or so, 500 years from now there will only be enough room on Earth’s surface for everyone to only stand up straight. So, clearly, that’s not the future we want.
So, either we need another planet to live on — terraform Mars and go live there — or we have to control our population in some fundamental way. Or we live very high and very deep in the ground and have different, sort of, intersecting, or non-intersecting, habitats in which we function. Vertically, rather than horizontally.
We will not survive to that day unless major changes take place in our conduct to one another and to the extent in which we embrace the role of technology as being basically the lone source of our survival.
On my deathbed, the one thing I will regret most is not living longer just to see what more inventions people come up with. I love seeing and testing and being a part of the ingenuity of our own species.
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