[NetBehaviour] Asteroid Mining For UBI

Simon Biggs simon at littlepig.org.uk
Wed Apr 27 06:47:24 CEST 2016

Why should we assume that asteroids are ours to exploit (or the oil in Alaska, for that matter)?



Simon Biggs
simon at littlepig.org.uk

> On 27 Apr 2016, at 14:09, Rob Myers <rob at robmyers.org> wrote:
> I'm not back just yet but -
> https://theconversation.com/all-of-humanity-should-share-in-the-space-mining-boom-57740
> "One solitary asteroid might be worth trillions of dollars in platinum
> and other metals. Exploiting these resources could lead to a global boom
> in wealth, which could raise living standards worldwide and potentially
> benefit all of humanity."
> Accelerate!
> "However, behind the utopian rhetoric and dazzling dreams of riches lie
> some very real problems."
> Screeeeeech!
> "There is a balanced, pragmatic approach that will promote commercial
> and profit driven activities, while also producing tangible benefits to
> all of humanity.
> Importantly, this pragmatic approach has a well established precedent
> that has existed for nearly 40 years. And this comes not from a social
> democracy or left-wing ideology, but was the brainchild of a
> libertarian, Republican governor of Alaska, Jay Hammond.
> That model is the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) created in
> 1976, and its unique “citizen’s dividend”. The APF is a resource wealth
> fund, which derives its revenue primarily from leases on oil fields."
> Vrooom!
> Universal Basic Income, so named because it's based on income from the
> universe? ;-)
> - Rob.
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