On The Way To A Peaceful Future

… US congress recently took the wrong way by granting US firms the right to own and sell natural resources they mine from asteroids and other celestial bodies, as Gbenga Oduntan, University of Kent, criticizes in this commentary:

Who owns space?

That certainly relates to the peaceful use of robots, since they will always be the first when it comes to exploring and settling outer space.

We should always be aware of the historically unique opportunity that we have: It was never so easy to discontinue wrong social practices as it would be on other heavenly bodies where we can make a new start, based on justice and equality. In the first space settlements all the essentials of life will almost certainly provided for free, produced by robots, like breathing air, water, and food. Why not keep that as a social principle — and use it as a model for the future on Earth?

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