Steal this Thesis – The Next Big Job Boom

Recent developments in the news made me think of my novel Dominion. The topic of discussion was asteroid mining. Care to take a guess of the monetary value of an asteroid that will be passing by in 3 years? reported that scientists believe the half-kilometer-wide asteroid contains up to 90 million metric tons of platinum and other precious metals. Asteroi2011 UW-158 carries as much as $5.4 trillion worth of precious metals and minerals.

5.4 trillion dollars? I smell an opportunity. And that means jobs. There is an entire asteroid mining industry out there, just waiting to spawn. So, my thesis is this. The future of jobs is in space. What kind of parenting will enable this new generation of workers to succeed? I suggest, helicopter parents will be in effect negating their children’s ability to explore employment opportunities in space, and I would love to see a study or thesis on the topic.


2 comments: On Steal this Thesis – The Next Big Job Boom

  • What did Colorado School of Mines say? And what do you mean about helicopter parents? You didn’t go into much detail.

    • The Colorado School of Mines put a price tag on an asteroid that recently passed by Earth. The value was about 5 trillion U.S. dollars. Now, this asteroid will be making a return trip in about 3 years. This helps put a dollar value on the potential profit in space mining. I think that potential profit will drive a large increase in employment opportunities in the coming years for space travel, at least in Earth’s immediate neighborhood. And my point is, for those employment opportunities that require space travel, I don’t think children raised by helicopter parents will be as employable. I think there’s a thesis in there. Probably for a psychology Ph.D. candidate.

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