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Asteroid Mining Plans Emerging, Supported by James Cameron, Google's Larry Page, and Others

     
1:39 pm on Apr 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Asteroid Mining Plans Emerging, Supported by James Cameron, Google's Larry Page, and Others [bbc.co.uk]
Details have been emerging of the plan by billionaire entrepreneurs to mine asteroids for their resources.

The multi-million-dollar plan would use robotic spacecraft to squeeze chemical components of fuel and minerals such as platinum and gold out of the rocks.

The founders include film director and explorer James Cameron as well as Google's chief executive Larry Page and its executive chairman Eric Schmidt.

They even aim to create a fuel depot in space by 2020.

However, several scientists have responded with scepticism, calling the plan daring, difficult and highly expensive.


This really does sound more like a movie.
12:55 am on Apr 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I know of a rich source of Unobtanium. Though, our efforts to mine it will likely bring us in contact with a primitive but noble indigenous culture, inevitably resulting in the realization that the real resources we need are not minerals at all.

So, why bother?
11:02 am on Apr 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Someone should tell Larry & Eric that asteroids don't contain personal data for them to mine.
12:24 pm on Apr 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Maybe they know something about the state of the environment / eventually doom of planet earth that we don't. Maybe Google is an attempt to catalogue human knowledge ala Asimov's Foundation series.

Think about it.
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Maybe we should consult the mice and the dolphins, before Watson consults google to discover the the correct response to the answer "42"