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Feb 19 Jesse Newhart: Will Asteroid Mining Destroy The Chinese Economy? [Exoplanetary Ethics] – io9
Feb 19 Jack Barajas: a space odyssey 2000. long overdue, i guess
9:58 am Dennis Lemckert: Why so suddenly wanting to be ethical? Capitalism, throughout history, always was about more and cheaper. Look at England 18th century: that wasn't cheap labor, but slavery!
So what, a robot doing the work? Then we humans have more time on our hands to do nicer things. Just imagine the amount of brainpower released to the world, to develop new things, just by keeping one's hands clean. Knowing the resources will be cheap and abundant as well, makes it a perfect start for a brave new world.
The only ones who need to be afraid are the extremely-rich industrials of this age. They are with just a few hundred. Never mind them. They'll be a footnote in history now.
10:47 am Kevin Arth: I agree with @Dennis Lemckert that this kind of thought is long-overdue. We've done enough damage to our environment and our people. It's time to start cleaning up our mess and educating people so they can make more meaningful contributions to the things that robots aren't as good at. If a robot can mine an asteroid, why not teach the miners in China how to put those resources to more creative use.
Also, as the article suggests, what's the downside to strip-mining an asteroid? Grind that baby to dust. one less (potential) Earth impactor. 🙂
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