Issue #1(27) 2021 Lounge

Visions of beating gravity

Jacob Mulder CGI, Groningen, The Netherlands

Jacob Mulder is driven by great questions and great challenges. One of his personal challenges is to alleviate the current and future pain in his back, which is the result of scoliosis (an abnormal curvature of the spine). The source of his problem is gravity. The solution - Space. Jacob plans to take up residence in a space colony within 15 years so that he can continue to work and live a ‘normal’ life. Time will tell whether his plans are a naïve dream or a life-changing possibility.

Like many people, I have a full and busy life, and I appreciate the opportunities and challenges all the different elements of my life bring. I work as a Security & Enterprise Architect for CGI, I volunteer and I’m an Asgardia Member of Parliament (AMP). I also run a private consultancy firm, Mulder Advies en Dienstverlening (Mulder Advice and Consulting), abbreviated as ‘MAD’.

But beyond this I have always been driven by bigger questions. Questions like how did the universe start? What are space, time and energy? Is gravity an emerging phenomenon? How do clusters of galaxies evolve? Does a black hole have an edge? Questions like these led me to study astronomy and computer science at Groningen University in the Netherlands some 35 years ago.

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