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    The Lighthouse Project :: Blank Checks
    Project: The Voyager update project


    Last week we brought a wide variety of potential financing parties to the table—from people like Paul Allen and his foundation, to countries like the United Arab Emirates—and we attempted to look into who or what would be the best financial fit for the Lighthouse Project.

    But through our research, we remembered that we needed to remind critics what the Lighthouse Project stands for:

    This project represents the world, life as we know it, and our place in this universe.

    And while these may sound like lofty positive words, negative emotions and questioning could arise.

    A project of this magnitude could be viewed with fear and skepticism as a pointless imperialistic gesture, which takes away from humanity instead of helping it. But while these views most definitely deserve merit, positive aspects of such a project outweigh the negative.

    The Lighthouse Project serves to bring humanity and the world together, by creating a beacon of hope and preservation of our existence through a passive means that could provide the catalyst to create a chain reaction of discovery in the universe.

    The Lighthouse Project proposes that we ionize background radiation around our earth and solar neighborhood in order to create a “fog” that may become detectable to any intelligent life in the universe actively observing the cosmos.

    And the truth is, a project of this magnitude would require an exorbitant amount of funds.

    Following these conclusions it seemed to come down to a tie between potential financial parties: The United Arab Emirates’ Dubai and Google.

    The UAE brings in a GDP of $159.3 billion (2007). They’re famous for their rapidly growing city of Dubai, home to some of the world’s most amazing engineering and architectural feats of the century—like the tallest man-made structure in the world: the Burj Dubai. Dubai’s GDP alone is $46 billion (2006), and they continually show the desire to become unique and more of a destination for business, trade, and tourism. This could actually directly reflect the fact that, while Dubai’s economy was built on oil, its oil and natural gas revenues are currently only 6% of the Emirate’s. In fact, Dubai’s oil reserves have diminished significantly and are expected to be exhausted in 20 years. So what was a country built on oil, is now pushing to become a business and tourist hot-spot in order to compensate for the eventual loss in revenue.

    Necessary implications to look at when considering Dubai (the poster child of the United Arab Emirates) as the hot spot for the Lighthouse Project:

    Dubai’s new airport will allow it to become a focal point of international commerce and trade. Dubai’s convenient location between the Far East and Europe puts it in a position to mediate trade between these two regions more efficiently than ever before.

    But while important developments like the Dubai “Internet City,” “Media City,” and the host of other massive real estate ventures show a country in heavy growth, what about Google?

    Google has a revenue of 16.593 billion. As one of the most prolific companies in the United States and the world, Google represents just that: the world. The power of the internet is not to be underestimated, and the amount of money Google pulls in through advertising and other technological innovations only confirms this. Of course, what kind of a company would Google be with a slogan like “Don’t be evil” if they didn’t give back through philanthropy and charity. Google.org is the “charitable arm” of Google, and supposedly aims to help global poverty, energy, and the environment.

    So who won? Out of Dubai and Google, who would be the better party to fund The Lighthouse Project?

    The answer:

    Neither.

    In the end it was decided that for the Lighthouse to truly represent the world, life as we know it, and our place in this universe, we should draw finances and contributions from not just one source.

    Instead, we’ve decided that The Lighthouse Project will succeed under the sponsorships of a conglomeration of companies—companies ranging from oil, to auto, to technology. The Lighthouse Project will truly represent its ideals only through the collaboration of companies on an international scale.

    Wed, Feb 27, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: lighthouse
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