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Sending Bill Gates to Mars
Thu. 9 March 2017, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm AEDT
Join us for a public lecture by Dr Michael Molitor who will discuss the implications of relocating to Mars based on his article published on the Conversation. Trying to create a small human colony on Mars by 2035 will prove extremely challenging. It will require finding new ways to produce energy and food, and to recycle waste, on levels 10 to 1000 times greater than what is currently done on Earth. We will need to develop and implement solutions that have the same powerful characteristics of Moore’s Law—and exponential increase in output with a simultaneous exponential decrease in costs. NASA has already mapped out the trajectory of improvements we will need between now and 2035 in order for a human MARS colony to be successful. What is even more astonishing than the audacious target to create a human colony on Mars by 2035 is the fact that, with the global human population on its way to 8.5 billion by 2035, we will need to achieve the same gigantic improvements in efficiency and productivity here on Earth. Yes, the improvements in, for example, energy, transport and food required for Mars in 2035 are the same we will need on Earth over the same time period. How do we achieve such large improvements in efficiency and productivity in such a short period of time?
5.00pm - 5.15pm Registration
5.15pm - 6.00pm Lecture 'Sending Bill Gates to Mars' delivered by Dr Michael Molitor
6.00pm - 6.15pm Q&A Session with Dr Michael Molitor
About Dr Molitor
Dr Molitor is the Senior Fellow at the Ray C Anderson Foundation and senior advisor to the Climate Bonds Initiative. He is interested in the transition to a circular economy, disruptive innovation, and improving overall resource productivity. He completed a Ford Foundation post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, a PhD from Cambridge University, a joint MSc between the London School of Economics and Imperial College and a BA from the University of Michigan. He has held full time academic appointments at the University of California (Berkeley and San Diego), Columbia University, Carleton College and part time positions at Stanford University and SciencesPo. He spent 15 years in the private sector as a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (pwc) and as a senior advisor at BP, McKinsey and the OECD. An Australian citizen, Michael lives in Paris with his family.
This is a free event. Registration is essential.