I think it’s safe to say that when “mining asteroids” reaches the top of your to-do list, you’ve got too much damn money. From Wired: “A group of wealthy, adventurous entrepreneurs will announce on Apr. 24 a new venture called Planetary Resources, Inc., which plans to send swarms of robots to space to scout asteroids for precious metals and set up mines to bring resources back to Earth, in the process adding trillions of dollars to the global GDP, helping ensure humanity’s prosperity and paving the way for the human settlement of space.”
On the one hand, I love the sheer audacity of things like this and the Captain Insane-O logic at work here. However, with Occupy protests roiling much of the western world and the other assorted Four Horseman type stuff going on, it’s a useful reminder of just how out of touch some people can be.