“At Boeing, futurists have to help us think about what’s possible. What might we be – forty, fifty, a hundred years from now – and then then try to help folks understand how the choices we make now can influence those outcomes. It’s terrific, just really fulfilling to see that gorgeous future that we’d put together. This is their life’s work. This is the thing they work on every single day. And it’s one thing for us to imagine the future – these people are actually going to build it.”
When I had the idea for SpaceVR, I was sitting at a coworking desk. No team. No funding. Recently spent most of my money to move to San Francisco from Tampa, Florida. I wanted to do something I could spend my life on. Something that could really change the world.
During my research, I found a documentary called Overview. A beautifully done, short film interviewing astronauts about their experience in space. After enough interviews, it became clear that the experience of being in space wasn’t just an experience. It was a life changing event.
It changed them. They now understood something from direct exposure that we on Earth do not. They realized that the world we know and love, the world that we wake up and go to sleep on everyday is not significant. It’s small and delicate. Something to be fiercely protected.
We hear about issues every single day. Syrian refugees. School shootings. Short term policy decisions. Military overspending. Education underspending. We approach these issues like they have nothing to do with us. Like they only exist somewhere else.
I believe that we can bridge that gap. With as simple of an act as exposing the world to space through virtual reality, we will have the opportunity to know who we really are as a civilization. We can realize that this small world is ours and we can shape it into the beautiful paradise that we want.
Here we are today in front of you with ambitious hearts, a functioning prototype and a solid plan.
Let’s show the world that there are no limits. There are no borders. That anyone with a dream can change the world forever.