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

best

Simon







On 27 Apr 2016, at 14:09, Rob Myers <rob@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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