Dec 23, 16 / Cap 22, 00 02:03 UTC
Eliminate the monetary system and here's why. ¶
Thank you for taking the time to read my alternate proposal. Please keep in mind that this explanation is an oversimplified summary of a much bigger and very detailed blueprint that I have been working on for years.
I understand that what I am proposing is reliant on changing everything we know about politics and economics. It is also very dependant on technology that is currently very new and needs a lot of refinement in order for this system to work. I predict that by the time we have citizens living aboard a space nation, most of us, if not all of us are likely to be ling gone and that we are basically building framework for a future generation that will ultimately be the citizens living our dream.
Please keep an open mind and feel free to offer alternatives, tweaks, or constructive criticism and explain your reasoning so that the issues brought up can be addressed and hopefully we can build on the idea rather than just commenting "it won't work" as that really accomplishes nothing and offers no solution.
The Monetary Stystem
Since the dawn of civilization, nations have been built on the blood and sweat of the common people. The strong warriors and hunters would enslave the weak and force them into servitude under the threat of starvation and death.
As generations passed, not much has changed. The biggest difference today is that we have the illusion of freedom but we are just as enslaved as ever. If you don't work, you starve.
Ever since the invention of the axe and hammer, we have found ways to make work easier and more efficient so that we can work less and accomplish more. It is undeniable that we have advanced as a civilization exponentially with each time and labour saving invention.
Today's workforce is terrified of the next step in manufacturing advancement, enter the robot generation. 1 robot can effectively replace a hundred jobs and can cost the company as little as a single years salary of 1 employee. The robot makes fewer mistakes, never calls in sick, doesn't need breaks, take vacation and can't go on strike.
Countries around the world are scrambling to implement universal basic income to attempt to be ready for the 50% job loss projected by the robot revolution. With jobs few and far between this is going to put a massive burden on the government to provide for people and therefore the "basic" income is going to be just enough, if not almost enough to get by. This essentially predicts that at least 50% of the population is expected to become unemployed and lower class and will be the official end of the middle class. Compainies will get to the point of a small handful of actual employees and absolutely astonishing profit margins as their workforce is completely autonomous.
So now let's look at Asgardia. Currently it is an idea, not a nation and definitely not a physical ship at this time. We are the architects, we are the intelligent designers of a new age. Why would we compliment a system that is crumbling all over the world, just to have to reform it like the rest of the world? So how can we deal with this issue? How can we avoid the issues of earth nations?
Asgardia is a ship. It is nothing more than technology in action so let's put technology in action.
If we design the ship with 100% self sustainable and autonomous in mind from the start, there's no jobs to lose to robots because robots already do them.
Let's look at this from goal #1
develop autonomous space mining machines to mine raw materials from asteroids, the moon, mars etc.
develop autonomous transport ships to bring materials to manufacturing plants.
develop autonomous manufacturing plants that utilize the latest in 3d printing and similar manufacturing technology.
develop an autonomous shipyard that assembles manufactured parts to build Asgardia from the inside out.
design all systems in Asgardia to be autonomous from the Agriculture and lab grown food production, food service and preparation, energy systems, water recycling systems etc. Everything... We do have the technology and I can only imagine how much it will improve by the time we are actually building the ship.
ensure that all personal living quarters are equipped with with the latest in 3d printing technology and a digital archive of product plans so that Asgardians don't buy products, they make them. (Probably easier to order the product from a central processing center and products are delivered by robot)
integrated VR and AI technology into education system by designing virtual mentors and coursework and eliminating the need for teachers and classrooms. Corsework would be designed by volunteer scholars.
integrate fire suppression systems into the walls, floors, ceilings etc. Using the latest technology so that fire teams are no longer needed and can be replaced with a handful of volunteers.
AI integrated health care systems that can diagnose illness and dispense per dose medication directly in your living quarters as needed, eliminating prescription substance abuse. Monitor your health and wellbeing 24 hours a day as to catch illness before an outbreak (which when in close quarters on a spaceship is pretty important. Print casts, give vaccines, preform surgeries etc.
By embracing science and technology (which I thought was kinda the point of Asgardia) there really is No need for money other than in a few circumstances such as travel to earth and foreign trade with earth.
My proposed solution to this problem is that we can trade our ability to manufacture scientific space technology to other countries for the things we can not find or produce ourselves with earth nations. This eliminates most financial transactions however, our ability to produce expensive technology at low cost would also allow us to sell our technology for monetary gain to countries as well as private companies who otherwise may not have had the capital or resources to build the tech on earth and then shoot it into space. The monetary gains would be in the global trade currency (whatever that may be by then) would be shared 100% equally to all Asgardian citizens for the event that they want to travel to earth for vacation. This would also include and national income from tourism or any other commerce.
I realize this is hard to swallow and sounds like a plot to a sci-fi movie but the fact is, I did not refer to any technology that we don't already have and use. Yes maybe the tech isn't quite ready for all that but let me ask you something. How many years has it been since computers started showing up on the market? 1981 during the release of the first IBM personal computer. Also the year I was born... Coincidence? Yes, yes it is. But the point is, that was 35 years ago. We have at least 50 years before the beginning of construction on a project of this scale. So tell me that technology won't be ready by then...
So tell me your thoughts. Tell me why this won't work. Tell me that I'm a dreamer because I'm not the only one.
Mod Edit I've edited this post correct the formatting of the numbered list - Jason Rainbow 22 January 2017 @ 03:19 am
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