May 11 2008
In an April Fool’s Joke last month, Google announced a joint venture with Virgin to colonize Mars, Project Virgle. I laughed when I saw this clever joke but was also intrigued by how the 100 year Virgle plan met the forecasts in 21st Century Waves. The Virgle press release says the first manned mission to Mars will occur in 2016, which is the start of the next Maslow Window.
I really appreciate the Google founders attitude about Project Virgle and space colonization, even though it is a hoax. In the official Google blog they write:
“Virgle’s goal is simple: the establishment of a permanent human settlement on Mars. Larry Page, Sergey Brin and I feel strongly that contemporary technology is sufficiently advanced to make such an effort both successful and economical, and that it’s high time that humanity moved beyond Earth and began our great, long journey to explore the stars and establish our first lasting foothold on another world.”
Project Virgle was recruiting pioneers to be the first colonizers on Mars and asked applicants to post a short video stating why they think they’re the best candidates. Here’s a video I made with my good friend, Rick Astley.