This is actually true. Also, great sci fi waiting to happen.
Actually, it’s worse than that. In order to eliminate certain risks only really drastic solutions are effective.
I don’t think certain risk elimination costs will become so high we’re unwilling to pay. I believe the costs will go higher and we’ll keep paying.
Eventually, people will understand that to avoid risks originating from the poorest countries, the final solution is to just eradicate those countries. After all, we don’t want them for their population but for their resources. Instead of killing a few and putting a government that follows our orders, eventually we’ll be capable (both technologically and socially) to just exterminate everyone in a country and replace them with resource extraction machines.
And once that problem is finally over, instead of the richest country vs the poorer one it will be between cities, and then neighborhoods.
The only thing stopping the richest from protecting themselves by exterminating everyone else is the shitty quality of the robots.
Remember, the idea of these comments of the day is to show by contrast that random comments from self-selecting internet communities tend to deliver more insight than the very best of mass marketed culture.
And as for contrast, well, word on the street is that the Hugo award went to John Scalzi for Redshirts. And I have trouble believing that a book with this description could rise to the heights of Asimov and Heinlein:
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.
Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expendedon avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.