Competition Creates Efficiency

‘Competition everywhere, but it seems that now, it has escalated onto an unimaginable scale, yes, there now exists competition between private firms for reaching Mars, something that would’ve been deemed fantasy a decade ago.

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First, let’s talk about SpaceX, a private venture by revolutionist Elon Musk, it was deemed a sure-to-be failure sixteen years ago by investors and economists alike but it is now the biggest non-state contractor for delivering satellites and machinery to space along with cargo shipments to the International Space Station. SpaceX, for nominal society, was a huge step in the ‘impossible’ direction, people around the world asked the same question, “How can someone just start a space company, I mean, A SPACE COMPANY?” The answer is pretty simple, the Elon Musk way, he is not just a pioneer in space, but in the entire private sector, he has already redefined what ‘impossible’ is and seems like he will continue to do so. The single factor that makes SpaceX so appealing is rocket reusability, which has already saved tons of resources, money and assets. Rocket Reusability too was a much-criticised idea, it was considered impractical and too complex, today, rocket reusability IS space exploration.

“If Humanity doesn’t land on Mars during my lifetime, I would be very dissapointed” – SpaceX and Tesla Founder, Elon Musk

SpaceX perhaps, may be the best bet for reaching Mars, it was founded for the purpose of ‘enabling people to live on other planets’ and Elon Musk has also stated that on the scale of evolution, mankind becoming an inter-planetary species may yet be the biggest step we have to take. Reaching Mars isn’t just a scientific and historical achievement, it is the first step to becoming a type II civilization on the kardishev scale.

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lets come to the company responsible for the title of this post and Elon Musk’s sudden increase in working hours, Blue Origin, founded by Jeff Bezos, who, unlike Elon Musk, established his spacecraft manufacturing company with prior experience in the business world, in fact, he’s the founder of Amazon as well. Jeff Bezos clearly invites more social power than Musk, he is already running a business that has become the leading face in worldwide shopping and global delivery. Blue Origin too is a campaigner of rocket reusability, and its getting attention too, its rockets have been termed as having the better structural design.

“I knew that if I failed, I wouldn’t regret that but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying” – Amazon and Blue Origin Founder, Jeff Bezos

NASA too plays a huge role in this, just moments ago, it launched the InSight lander which will aim to uncover details about earthquakes on Mars or marsquakes. The lander will provide crucial information about the red planet and may even help to assist us in understanding how it formed and how its structure evolved over the years to become the harsh, rocky terrain it is now. The rover will also uncover the composition of the mantle and core through recording the waves that pass through them, which will answer a great mystery, does Mars have a liquid or solid core? NASA is certainly the face of space exploration in the modern world, but it will be interesting to see how it works under a new administrator who has previously stated that Global Warming is a hoax (Doesn’t he know about Venus?).

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Now, it is also mandatory to bring up companies such as Virgin Galactic. Virgin Galactic too, till a certain extent, is a competitor in the aerospace industry but it has other aims, while Blue Origin and SpaceX ultimately aim at reaching Mars (Hopefully, for now!), Virgin Galactic only aims at conducting sub-orbital flights.

“Mars is there, waiting to be reached” – former NASA Astronaut and second man to step on the moon, Buzz Aldrin

These companies have already evolved into giants, and are marked to be the first ones to carry humans into the depths of our solar system. The first frontier they must conquer is reaching Mars, the red planet. Musk, Bezos and NASA agree upon colonizing Mars, but that is far away, what makes Mars so inhospitable and forbidding? First of all, Mars is really far away and with distance, unpredictability and chaos increase, that is, the number of things that can go wrong increase. Then, it is also about the limitations of spacecraft, current Mars spacecraft carry less than one-tenth the minimum weight of a human voyage. Also, a spacecraft to Mars must also have the potential to get to Mars, land on the surface (after travelling through an atmosphere 10 times rougher than Earth’s), take off from the surface and get back to Earth and throughout this whole journey, must keep its inhabitants alive in space, sounds like a challenge? Then, Mars, as a terrestrial planet also poses a huge challenge, its covered in storms and craters and valleys and no part of it is safe, water can only be found in the deepest and darkest of places and the temperature there fluctuates a lot, from enough to boil you to enough to freeze you. Even in a single thing goes wrong, the whole mission is compromised (As ‘The Martian’ clearly indicated). Then, don’t forget the fact that going to Mars is a ten-year process, seven years of building, preparation, planning and analysing and three years for the mission and the journey combined. Mankind is bound to reach new frontiers in another decade, and by the time we step foot on Mars, NASA may have Jupiter’s moons in its sights (Europa looks beautiful right now, trust me).

Is Walmart ready to take on Amazon?

Amazon, the world’s current leader in e-commerce is now tackling multiple aspects of everyday society, such as fulfilling the demand for instant and fresh fruits and vegetables. Not more than fifteen years ago, Walmart dominated the retail industry. Every single product was available on the shelves of the retail bull, people would take out hours and hours for shopping, suddenly, Walmart became a retail icon but then came Amazon.

Amazon delivered a body blue to Walmart with it’s direct and attractive methods of advertising and purchase platform. It portrayed laziness in the face of buying items as acceptable, it made people feel divine. Sitting at home and getting products delivered to your doorstep was associated with godliness before Amazon’s rise to power. Amazon made that heavenly emotion available to the general public. With better infrastructure than any other company to date, Amazon tackled the problem of sorting and organization with technology and robotics, almost all of Amazon’s warehouses are automated, with robots doing all the hard work, the good part, they don’t complain! Then, Amazon took another quantum leap, it introduced data structures and artificial intelligence into its program. As a result, content was guided towards customers, Amazon gave customers what they wanted, deep inside. All of a sudden, Amazon knew more about your buying habits than your wife. Now, Amazon is delivering its final punch, aimed to kill off conventional retailers and other e-commerce giants such as Flipkart, Snapdeal and E-Bay. Amazon has now pulled off immense leaps. First came echo, Amazon’s voice assistant. Alexa, unlike Siri and Bixby, exists in the physical world, it is a living person. Then. amazon tackled worldwide delivery systems with the introduction of automated shipping lines and aircraft carriers, its now dominating the shipping market and overshadowing companies such as Fed-Ex and DFL. With new ventures such as the Amazon fire series, Amazon Go and Amazon fresh, the monopoly is now truly taking over the retail industry all around the globe. Note, amazon has now become the second largest search engine in the world, officially.

With such vast advances in all aspects of the retail industry, and allotment of resources towards production of modernised and automated brick and mortar stores, Amazon is capturing the entire macroeconomic market. Amazon is making lives more divine and comfortable, now, you can tell your echo to add items to your shopping list, or to play songs, or to buy stuff, or to make to-do lists or you can listen to the news. Ultimately, Amazon is trying to capture the household, the products in the household and how the products reach that place.

Anyone would now be in belief of the fact that Amazon is overpowering Walmart, but that may not be true, Walmart still has tricks up its sleeve. Firstly, Walmart still is the biggest gainer from true retail, that is brick and mortar retail. It has a far better physical infrastructure than Amazon. Although Walmart is far behind in e-commerce, advertising, product change, policy change and permission to operate in India might just change that.

Given all this, there are many other companies apart from Amazon and Walmart that could be dominating the retail sale market in 2030. One potential candidate is Alibaba. Founder Jack Ma has sole permission to sell to the world’s largest population, China.

The Journey That Changed The Course of WW2

Well, this is gonna be a big thing. I’ve written my first book, a book! It’s titled “Survival Sandstorm: The Journey that Changed the Course of World War II” and the genre is historical fiction.

This book started with one idea, an idea which dominated my mind before it finally took shape in the physical world. Ever since 6th grade, I’ve been trying to write short stories, but none of them had variety, they were inspired from novels and movies such as interstellar, Harry Potter and well, Geronimo Stilton. This idea formed in my mind in 7th grade, when I brainstormed about writing a book. I mentally assessed my failing tries to write something significant, I thought and thought about possible, genuine story lines, story lines which would capture readers. A story line which would bring out the best in me. I settled down on this idea. Before I go into depth on this ‘idea, ‘ I would like to underline the fact that the idea and storyline I had at the start are radically different from what the book is now. Some major characters had to be added and removed, all in a quest for captivating the reader.

The basic idea I had at the start was about a Russian pilot, fighting against the Germans during the second world war. I thought about that pilot being commissioned to transport hostages across the Sahara desert, and certain events I thought would define the book. As I wrote more and more, as the story came to life and expanded and started to breathe, I didn’t need a schedule or a plan, the storyline seemed to dictate itself, it was as if a seemingly natural process was dominating my transmissions from chapter to chapter and event to event.

I would really like to thank my parents, they made this book possible. Sometimes, the story would get stuck, I would have problems with some details that on a general basis, amounted to very less but were very crucial to me. Sometimes, I would not write for a week or a month, my parents were always there for me and the book, they would encourage me to continue, they would encourage me to just write my heart out and not pay attention to minute details, they could be fixed at a later stage.

The book releases on 15th December, and I can’t wait for it.

Survival Sandstorm The Journey that Changed the Course of World War II

Here is the blurb for the book Survival Sandstorm: The Journey that Changed the Course of World War II:

JULY 12TH, 1941: The plane flew over the great Sahara, into the face of the devilish storm. The clouds were ready to swallow the plane, to render it useless, to destroy it and to mutilate it. Aboard the plane were three hostages, three hostages from Nazi Germany, three hostages who could’ve changed the course of world war 2 if they had reached their destination. This is the story of how Ivsker Vodkech, the best pilot in Russia battled against all odds to deliver those three hostages into allied hands, how he battled against all odds to uncover the devilish organisation operating in Africa, how he battled against all odds to survive.”

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The Martian – Andy Weir

We finally have a book which can rival dark matter, finally!!! The Martian is a book from beyond the boundaries of the earth(actually, it is based on Mars). It is a book full of tragedy, irony, comedy and just pure awesomeness. Every serious moment is atoned for by relief through comedy, the story is perfectly set and the factual details are correct to the core. This story almost feels like a real Martian adventure. The thing that is brilliant about this book is not the story, but how the author has connected it with real-life events in every small thing: hatred of disco music, a desire for coffee, human instinct to crack jokes and cry, tendencies to eat full meals and much more, the Martian truly is a mix of all the different, inspiring elements a book can have, a must read for space enthusiasts. The realistic-ness of the atmosphere generated by the author sucks the reader into the story, it absorbs you and it captivates you. What makes this book more amazing is the fact that the author has the technical details down to the wire, such as the chemistry involved in separating hydrazine molecules and creating water or the radiation given off by a plutonium cell.