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Jeff Bezos isn't moving to Mars (there's no bacon there)

Technically Incorrect: In remarks after receiving an award, the Amazon and Blue Origin founder explains he needs certain things in life.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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This man loves bacon.

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It's easy to think that some tech CEOs are preparing to leave our ailing planet behind.

After all, both Tesla's Elon Musk and Amazon's Jeff Bezos founded rocket companies that will surely one day transport hordes of unruly humans into space.

Bezos, however, isn't leaving just yet. There are actually some things on Earth he can't do without.

I learned this from remarks he made after receiving the Heinlein Prize at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on Wednesday.

As reported by The Washington Post, the paper he owns, Bezos remarked: "Sometimes my friends say, 'Would you move to Mars?' Not in the near term. Think about it: no whiskey, no bacon, no swimming pools, no oceans, no hiking, no urban centers."

It's always fascinating to see what other people view as essentials.

Bezos didn't name instant delivery of the latest James Patterson novel by drone, for example. Perhaps he feels that is very achievable on Mars.

His love for bacon, though, is surely admirable. It's heartening to know that such a celebrated tech CEO can still appreciate basic pleasures, while spending his days with his head in the clouds.

Bezos did, though, offer a beautiful -- or frightening, depending on your perspective -- vision of a populated solar system.

"I wish there were a trillion humans in the solar system," he said. "Think how cool that would be. You'd have a thousand Einsteins at any given moment -- and more. There would be so much dynamism with all of that human intelligence."

This may be. It would also mean there would be exponentially more thieves, bankers and politicians. It would mean there would be exponentially more Jimmy Fallons and Donald Trumps.

If the number of geniuses was multiplied, I suspect many of them would have to work on ways of getting humans out of the solar system.

The mere idea of a trillion humans would surely want to make many sensible humans just want to run away.