From the intersection of computational science and technological speculation,
with boundaries limited only by our ability to imagine what could be.
An ambitious investor, or consor-
tium of investors, could use available
robot-army technology to extract all fis-
sionable minerals—uranium, thorium,
even radioactive potassium—and ob-
tain fuel for the greatest growth invest-
ment ever. There’s a total of 1016 kg of U
and Th in the planet. Nuclear breeder
reactions with that fuel would yield
for construction projects. But what
would happen if we installed such a
robot army on Mercury? I know, it’s
not a hospitable environment for ho-
tels like this or for space tourism …
Yet. But that makes it all the more at-
tractive for this reason: A robot army
can mine the planet without restric-
tions like the lunar zoning regulations
that just passed here.
WELCOME, FELLOW WEALTH-MAKERS,
to our seminar on how to initiate and
maintain exponential growth of our
own wealth-generating technology
system. The ballroom here at the Lunar Hotel Armani Mare Serenitatis is
a fitting location, with its opulent furnishings, luxurious lunar accommodations, and spectacular view of Earth.
But the wealth-generating system I
am about to describe will make you remember this hotel as if it were a mud
hovel when you look back on it from
your future dream starship.
Now that we have a commercial
lunar economy, the resources of the
solar system await those prepared to
boldly commit the seed investment
in the next big growth opportunity. I
know venture capital is still flowing
into lunar development, but this seminar is about an opportunity orders of
magnitude greater—the resources of
planet Mercury. Located two-and-a-half times closer to the Sun than our
Earth, it features six-and-a-half times
as much solar energy for free, every
day, 24/7 ... or rather 1,400/ ... whatever a week would be on Mercury.
Anyway, there’s constant sunlight six
times more powerful than the lunar
photovoltaic systems will ever produce. And the opportunity to be first
to utilize all that power is just the low-hanging fruit for wealth-makers like
us to pick.
Our lunar complexes were built by
commercially available robot fabricator cascades. You’ve all seen their
work, powered by free solar energy, robots building robots building robots
until the work force is large enough
The Wealth of Planets
Launch swarms of self-replicating robots
to exploit the most lucrative of resources.
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DOI: 10.1145/2737915 David Allen Batchelor