This week I’m at the Humans 2 Mars conference in Washington,DC. Yesterday I was fortunate to meet one of the founders of Mars One. This is a Dutch company with an audacious plan to set up a fully-functioning human colony on Mars starting in 2023. I heard the amazing news that they opened up applications for colonists one week ago. (Please bear in mind that this is a one- way trip to Mars!) I got the amazing news that 70,000 people from all over the world had already signed up to be Mars pioneers. My readers we are on the cusp of a social and technological revolution!