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The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby SupaSharpShoota on Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:35 am

Are Ross Perot Jr. and Google's Founders Launching a New Asteroid Mining Operation?

On Tuesday, a new company called Planetary Resources will announce its existence at the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. It's not clear what the firm does, but its roster of backers incudes Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, filmmaker James Cameron, former Microsoftie (and space philanthropist) Charles Simonyi, and Ross Perot Jr., son of the former presidential candidate.


If this is what the article suggests is accurate although interesting I don't see how its currently possible in harvesting resources and returning them safely to earth without smashing then into the surface in large enough quantities to generate the trillions involved to make this a viable venture.

It does feel very much like this is the beginning of "The Corporation" in the science fiction sense.
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Re: The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby Binerexis on Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:53 pm

Whilst it may not currently be possible, the money and creativity from Google alone could come up with something that we wouldn't have thought of quite swiftly. I think I'll watch this with interest but not get too excited (besides, Google needs to invent the holodeck before really branching out into space exploration).
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Re: The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby Diggertron on Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:18 pm

Finally, a possibility of someone with money doing something somewhat constructive in space.
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Re: The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby Binerexis on Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:47 pm

Step 1: Say oil is found on Mars

Step 2: Send up terraforming colonies

Step 3: "There's no oil? Well we already have all the colonies set up and they'll be up there for at least 50 years...."
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Re: The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby SupaSharpShoota on Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:52 pm

Binerexis wrote:Step 1: Say oil is found on Mars

Step 2: Send up terraforming colonies

Step 3: "There's no oil? Well we already have all the colonies set up and they'll be up there for at least 50 years...."


Step 4: All contact is lost with the colony, so a crack team of marines are sent to investigate!
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Re: The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby Diggertron on Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:59 pm

SupaSharpShoota wrote:
Binerexis wrote:Step 1: Say oil is found on Mars

Step 2: Send up terraforming colonies

Step 3: "There's no oil? Well we already have all the colonies set up and they'll be up there for at least 50 years...."


Step 4: All contact is lost with the colony, so a crack team of marines are sent to investigate!


Step 5: In AD 2101, war was beginning.
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Re: The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby cerb on Sat May 05, 2012 4:37 pm

SupaSharpShoota wrote:
Binerexis wrote:Step 1: Say oil is found on Mars

Step 2: Send up terraforming colonies

Step 3: "There's no oil? Well we already have all the colonies set up and they'll be up there for at least 50 years...."


Step 4: All contact is lost with the colony, so a crack team of marines are sent to investigate!


Step 5: WE BRING DEMOCRACY! democratise them with lead!
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Re: The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby Binerexis on Sat May 05, 2012 4:59 pm

Step 6: If it bleeds, we can kill it.


(That works quite nicely with the two step 5's we have)
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Re: The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby cerb on Sat May 05, 2012 5:31 pm

to support my claim, heres an actual photo of democracy on mars:
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on a side note, apparently MSPaint on Win7 is really good.
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Re: The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby Binerexis on Sun May 06, 2012 2:41 am

I still love these flag designs. I know we're going wildly off-topic now but I love the thought which has gone into it all.


http://io9.com/5895872/flag-designs-for ... and-beyond
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Re: The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby PREDATORPANTS|UKCS| on Sun May 06, 2012 4:57 am

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Re: The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby Ger-h on Sun May 06, 2012 10:16 am

how much are people going to get paid for doing this job if it get's off the ground.
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Re: The Future is Right Around the Corner ....

Postby Binerexis on Sun May 06, 2012 3:31 pm

Not a lot initially as there's a chance it could all fall through. If it proves lucrative, however, I'd imagine they'll get quite a bit.
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