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Space Money Invented For Space Tourists

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the in-spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace dept.

The Almighty Buck 296

An anonymous reader writes "The foreign exchange company Travelex has invented a unit of currency designed to be used in space commerce, the Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination (QUID). The QUID is made of a space-qualified plastic, with round edges to prevent injuries in zero gravity. One QUID is equivalent to about 6.25 pounds, 12.50 dollars or 8.68 Euros. Of course, space currencies are already a staple of science fiction, with 'credits' being the most popular."

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That reads like an april fools joke. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20872599)

Where's the "!aprilfools" tag?

Goddamnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20872605)

Why not "credit"?!?

Re:Goddamnit (1)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872823)

Did you not read the post? It clearly says that at the end!

I'm more amused that someone has tagged this story "linuxsucks". Kudos mystery tagger.

Re:Goddamnit (5, Funny)

BobGregg (89162) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872881)

>>Why not "credit"?!?

Because it isn't a cool acronym. Cool acronyms always make things cooler. Just look at what "AJAX" did for - uh, AJAX.

Easily remedied though:

CALCULATED
RATE of
EXCHANGE
DENOMINATION for
INTERPLANETARY
TRAVELERS

There - CREDIT. That oughtta just about do it. Lot better than QUID, to be sure...

Re:Goddamnit (1)

revlayle (964221) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872921)

no mod points :( because you just got +5 from me... at least in my mind

Re:Goddamnit (1)

Jehosephat2k (562701) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873135)

"... he'll sell you back the pieces, all for just a half a QUID ..."

Problem? (5, Funny)

le0p (932717) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872607)

Solution: Problem, where are you?

Pleased to meet you, Solution. (2, Funny)

grahamd0 (1129971) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873087)

Hi, I'm the fact your $20M trip to space only costs one lump sum of $20M. I'm wishing that, in addition, you would be charged in some way for each of your vacuum-sealed meals and packets of Tang. I'm wishing that different modules in the space station and future space hotels would charge admission. I'm wishing there was a way for these goals to be achieved that would cost you outrageous sums of money that you could never get back, even if you didn't use them, yet still seemed to be value-added products and services. Could you help me out?

Round edges.... (2, Informative)

SnoopJeDi (859765) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872609)

The QUID is made of a space-qualified plastic, with round edges to prevent injuries in zero gravity.


What the hell is wrong with paper currency? 0g paper-cuts?

That said, sounds frivolous and unimportant, albeit kind've a cool subject.

Re:Round edges.... (4, Insightful)

icebrain (944107) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872653)

Paper's flammable (or at least, easier to light than plastic).

My question is: how do you fight counterfeiters with plastic money? Seems like it would be relatively easy to fake, compared to metal or newer paper currencies?

Re:Round edges.... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872695)

My question is: how do you fight counterfeiters with plastic money? Seems like it would be relatively easy to fake, compared to metal or newer paper currencies?

Just wait. In a few months, there will be an article about how there are RFIDs in each QUID and the Slashbots will go apeshit.

Re:Round edges.... (1)

MSTCrow5429 (642744) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872753)

That's like asking how can you counterfeit counterfeit paper money.

Re:Round edges.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20872949)

My question is: how do you fight counterfeiters with plastic money?

It'd be like counterfeiting poker chips. They have no value unless someone is willing to exchange them for other currency. Good luck with that. These are more like you're buying a nifty paperweight than currency.

Re:Round edges.... (4, Informative)

jimstapleton (999106) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872663)

That's one of his many errors, to my knowledge, I've yet to see a coin with a sharp edge. At least, not in the US.

What kind of crack is the guy who said coins have sharp edges smoking? Or is their some country where they do have sharp-edged coins.

Another? Oh, as for credit. There are these things called "bar codes" - believe it or not, they are not magnetic!

Re:Round edges and retards.(mod parent down) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20873113)

The currency appears to be an ellipsoid, and not a disc. As such, it wouldn't have "edges".

Why does your post come across as raving lunacy and get modded up?

Re:Round edges.... (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873165)

Not to mention.. where did they get clear Teflon?

Re:Round edges.... (1)

SparkleMotion88 (1013083) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872701)

Paper money isn't durable enough to hold up to the stress it can be subjected to by low gravity and giant space insects.

We need something that is durable and safe to use as currency in space until someone invents space banks, space credit cards, and space wire transfers (all of which should be made out of round plastic, of course).

Re:Round edges.... (4, Funny)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872807)

the main problem with the space wire transfers is that every three to four days the wires get all wound up around the equator and if someone forgets to unwind and untangle them and fling the slack back out sometimes they'll even yank out the other end at the space stations. But there's another invention in the pipe called "space wireless" that'll help alot, traffic congestion can be avoided as long as everyone remembers to not just leave the defaults at "space lynksys" and "galactic channel 6".

Re:Round edges.... (1)

sound+vision (884283) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872737)

What the fuck is "kind have"?

Re:Round edges.... (1)

SnoopJeDi (859765) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872991)

I was referring to a sense of relevance. The kind you don't have.

Insensitive clod.

local slang (5, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872633)

One QUID is equivalent to about 6.25 pounds

So it's 6 quid per QUID? That sounds confusing.

Re:local slang (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20872751)

YES.

I was hoping it was going to be... (2, Funny)

kjkeefe (581605) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872831)

I was always partial to "Space Bucks"...

PIZZA THE HUT!

Re:local slang (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873097)

That's the imperial QUID. A metric QUID will be exactly 10 quid.

Money is a sign of poverty. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20872639)

No sufficiently advanced spacefaring civilisation should be using currency. The presence of currency means the scarcity problem hasn't been solved by the civilisation, which means they are poor primitives not worth the bother of Contacting.

Re:Money is a sign of poverty. (5, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872657)

The presence of currency means the scarcity problem hasn't been solved by the civilisation, which means they are poor primitives not worth the bother of Contacting.

And they probably don't have cool matching jumpsuits, either.

Re:Money is a sign of poverty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20872743)

Holy missed Iain M. Banks [iainbanks.net] reference, batman!

Re:Money is a sign of poverty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20872745)

I think it's called a Speed Suit [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Money is a sign of poverty. (2, Insightful)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872723)

Regardless of what progress is made, then scarcity will ALWAYS be an issue. Even if you can convert energy directly to matter and vica-versa, there will always be a need to assign value to things. The only way money will cease to be useful is if there is no longer any interaction between people.

Re:Money is a sign of poverty. (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873021)

most likely, energy will become the baseline for currency.

or in other words, anything will be valued for its energy potential.

dont tell me noone have played alpha centauri...

Re:Money is a sign of poverty. (5, Funny)

Applekid (993327) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872725)

So, in other words...

1) Solve scarcity
2) ???
3) Not profit?

I'm unsettled by this. Excuse me while go have my lobes stroked.

Re:Money is a sign of poverty. (1, Informative)

stranger_to_himself (1132241) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872739)

The presence of currency means the scarcity problem hasn't been solved by the civilisation, which means they are poor primitives not worth the bother of Contacting.

The scarcity problem can never be solved so long as one person has or can create something unique that another person or more than one preson wants.

That's more of a sign of culture than of poverty.

Re:Money is a sign of poverty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20872967)

The scarcity problem can never be solved so long as one person has or can create something unique that another person or more than one preson wants.
But if someone can create something that's unique and therefore scarce, the scarcity problem was never really solved in the first place.

Are you immortal? (1)

KalvinB (205500) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872879)

As long as you will die some day, time will always be a commodity with value. You don't always have a trinket I want in exchange for my time so I prefer cash that I can give to someone who has a trinket I feel is worth the time of my life it took to pay for.

Money is not a sign of poverty. It's a sign of mortality.

Re:Money is a sign of poverty. (2, Insightful)

mrjb (547783) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873159)

The presence of currency is not a sign of poverty/scarcity alone. Above all it is a sign of mortality and decay. Time is money- If I work one hour, I get one hour worth of pay. My time is worth something to me because I am mortal- if I would be immortal, I could invest huge amounts of time in learning how to grow all my own vegetables, how to build my own car, how to refine my own fuel etc. But like most people, I don't have enough time in my life to learn all of that, so I take the shortcut: I exchange my time for money, which I then exchange (directly or indirectly) for other people's time again.

Bah. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20872641)

Everyone knows the only true space money is the Interstellar Kredit. Go go ISK!

Re:Bah. (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872675)

Just what I was thinking.

Re:Bah. (1)

Vagrant (518197) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872795)

Except that the ISK is currently trading [yahoo.com] at 60.83 per USD.

Star (1)

torkus (1133985) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872685)

I'll take Lary Niven's Star currency.

I miss known space.

Tracking the currency (2, Interesting)

avij (105924) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872687)

FTA:

Each of the orbiting planets will carry a number, like the serial numbers on notes, giving the disc a unique code thus allowing currency to be tracked and helping to prevent counterfeits.
So.. who's going to start a website for tracking those Quids, like Where's George? [wheresgeorge.com] or EuroBillTracker [eurobilltracker.com] ? Might be fun..

Re:Tracking the currency (2, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872867)

Where was QUID 52379A478B7907E87FEB39C98 today? Earth
Where was QUID 52379A478B7907E87FEB39C98 yesterday? Earth
Where was QUID 52379A478B7907E87FEB39C98 the day before? Earth
.
.
.

Quatloos (2, Funny)

basketcase (114777) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872691)

I want my quatloos!

Exchange Rate (1)

wylderide (933251) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872693)

How much is that in ningies?

Re:Exchange Rate (1)

Valhalla525 (1111185) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872781)

...About 3 pew, I should think. (I was wondering if I'd be the first to go there.)

Re:Exchange Rate (1)

Xentor (600436) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873129)

Isn't it three ningies to one pew? But since a ningy is a triangular coin _______ miles to a side (Hey, I don't have the number memorized), no one has ever collected enough ningies to own one pew. Ningies are not negotiable currency, because the intergalactic banks refuse to deal in piddling small change.

Credits (4, Funny)

east coast (590680) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872697)

I sold some slaves to the Lesti system not too long ago for 98.2 credits per tonne. I'm now rated as a fugative and your QUIDs are worthless to me since they're only good in the Sol system.

Re:Credits (1)

MROD (101561) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872855)

Surely, you mean Leesti, near Lave?

QUID? (2, Insightful)

Otter (3800) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872711)

As long as you have the Q and the U, wouldn't "quatloo" be a more appropriate name?

Digital (1)

skelly33 (891182) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872717)

Space-faring folk should go digital; even so, the whole concept is beyond ridiculous being that nobody beyond this planet is actually using this. Just stick with American Express.

Re:Digital (2, Funny)

instagib (879544) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872819)

1. Float in space - 300,000 $
2. Land on planet - 30,000,000 $
3. Your oxygen is running out, but your AmEx is not accepted at the nearby refill station - Priceless.

Re:Digital (1)

nrgy (835451) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872853)

Marklar marklar marklar marklar marklar marklar marklar marklar marklar marklar marklar marklar marklar marklar. Marklar marklar marklar marklar

Intergalactic Translator: I regret to inform you American Express is not accepted on the planet Marklar. Have a nice day.

Right. But how many ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20872741)

Quatloos is that?

Anyone for a wager? (3, Funny)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872749)

I'll wager 15 quatloos that that QUID will never fly.

Re:Anyone for a wager? (1)

vjmurphy (190266) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873039)

How much is that in cubits?

Re:Anyone for a wager? (1)

mysticgoat (582871) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873091)

Of course the QUID won't fly. At over 6 pounds, it is much too heavy for today's launch vehicles.

I'm telling you, the only sane space currency is one built on a bubble.

Monetary Units: None (5, Funny)

hitchhacker (122525) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872757)

In fact there are three freely convertible currencies in the Galaxy, but none of them count. The Altarian Dollar has recently collapsed, the Flainian Pobble Bead is only exchangeable for other Flainian Pobble Beads, and the Triganic Pu has its own very special problems. It exchange rate of eight Ningis to one Pu is simple enough, but since Ningi is a triangular rubber coin six thousand eight hundred miles along each side, no one has ever collected enough to own one Pu. Nigis are not negotiable currency, because Galactibanks refuse to deal in fiddling small change. From this basic premise it is very simple to prove that the Galactibanks are also the product of a deranged imagination.

-metric

Good thing it's meant for space (1)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872763)

One QUID is equivalent to about 6.25 pounds...

Fortunately, when you're in orbit, it won't weigh anything... you'll still have to look out for the inertia though...

scale (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872773)

I can't be the only geek here annoyed by the casual use of intergalactic. We haven't even made one interplanetary trip yet, so interstellar is still far, far away, and intergalactic isn't even in the realm of conceivable projects!

Re:scale (1)

amRadioHed (463061) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872907)

They had to scope it beyond our galaxy since no one in our galaxy has a use for it.

Re:scale (1)

justin12345 (846440) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873027)

I agree, calling this currency intergalactic might be called hubris.

Re:scale (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20873081)

you're a second rater even as a moron. just shut up and move along.

So, what's it worth in Altarian Dollars? (1)

MROD (101561) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872793)

Or what about Triganic Pu?

After all the Galactic Bank doesn't deal in piddling small change.

Currency Fluxuation (1)

Chysn (898420) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872805)

> One QUID is equivalent to about 6.25 pounds

How does the inventor know that? It's government policy and market forces that set currency prices, not the guy who designs the coins.

Re:Currency Fluxuation (1)

will_die (586523) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872903)

You create your own currency and you can set your exchange rate.

Re:Currency Fluxuation (1)

saterdaies (842986) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873175)

Sort of.

Really, what is stopping the company behind QUID from offering 6.25 pounds for every QUID? Nothing. So long as you can forever exchange them for 6.25 pounds, a QUID will be worth that much. The only hitch comes when the company says that they will not take your QUID back and give you 6.25 pounds for it.

Say, for example, that I'm behind the QUID. You order 5 QUID from me and I charge you 31.25 pounds. I can take that 31.25 pounds and stick it in a vault and anytime you wish to cash out, I will have the pounds to pay you 6.25 pounds per QUID. In fact, since I can earn interest off the money in the bank account, it could conceivably cover costs.

The reason that most currencies fluctuate is because they're currency by fiat (in whole or in part). That means that they aren't backed by anything. Many countries try to partially back their currency since confidence in their government and economy isn't so high. In these cases, they keep foreign reserves. For example, let's say that Argentina wants to back its currency, it could hold 50% of the value of its currency in US Dollars in a vault. While this doesn't stop fluctuations, it does stabilize the currency (to an extent less than the USD's stability, but still does stabilize it a good deal). This works because a lot of the value of the Argentinian currency has a stable value - at least in respect to the USD - and one can assume that there will not be a greater than 50% run at any time.

So, currencies fluctuate because they lack backing. Once you add a backing (be it gold, foreign reserves, or pogs), the currency will only fluctuate as much as that backing fluctuates - I vote for pogs backing the USD (they couldn't devalue faster than what's happening now). So, as long as the company is responsible, they can create a currency that does not fluctuate (at least in terms of the other currencies).

The big problem they would face is counterfitting. If someone can figure out a way to make more of those plastic disks, they would be in trouble. Oh, the other problem would be that they're backing it in three ways - which can't be done since people who bought in dollars might exchange for euros if they appreciate in value. They'd have to mandate a peg that would be the average appreciation/depreciation of the three currencies for future exchanges.

Stupid Tags (4, Funny)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872835)

Can we remove the tagging system? Or moderate the people who put the idiotic tags?

What's the mass? (2, Interesting)

reality-bytes (119275) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872841)

If one of those 'QUIDS' has a mass of 10g and you want to take 10 'quid' with you on 'holiday'.

That 10 'quid' (worth £62.50), if launced on the STS would cost £240 to get to LEO due to their additional mass.

Therefore, if you used this new currency, to actually get that money (£62.50) on orbit would cost you over £300 extra.

Disclaimer: E&OE, YMMV, IANARS, My ability to perform basic mathematics is inversely proportional to the amount of alcohol I have consumed.

Re:What's the mass? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872965)

No it wouldn't. In all practical ways you would use the same amount of fuel in either case. Becasue you don't take 'just enough' for what you are lifting.

How many Schrute Bucks is that? (1)

Loco3KGT (141999) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872871)

Stanley Nickels?

What is the exchange rate for gold pressed latinum (1)

DigitalReverend (901909) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872891)

I need to know in order to adhere to the third rule of acquisition.

Physcial Money? (1)

Easy2RememberNick (179395) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872919)

A physical representation of money seems to be a backward idea for space travelers, shouldn't space money be virtual?

don't need more fiat currency (2, Funny)

syrinx (106469) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872923)

It's only worthwhile if it's backed by something valuable, such as gold-pressed latinum.

Credits are not a currency (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872935)

It's a concept of sortof-but-not-quite communist Federation. To buy the good stuff, you need to first obtain some hard currency, such as gold-plated latinum.

Re:Credits are not a currency (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873025)

Currency does not need to be backed by anything. The users just need to say x amount is worth X in goods. You can create complete currency systems in a vacuum.

My very firs software job was writing a smart card system. By accident we made it so a bank wasn't needed.

Your pay went directly on your smart card, and then you could buy stuff with that pay...which that merchant used to pay people. You see the circle.

Yeah...we got a call from an irate bank owner, and we changed it so only the bank could put credits ONTO a smart card.
Good times.

Everyone knows the intergalactic currency... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20872945)

...of choice is a bar of gold-pressed latinum.

cash????? Idiots. (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872953)

these idiots think there will be need or even possiblity for anonymous money transactions in the next 50 years in space? In space, everyone will know who you are, because you'll be one of less than a hundred there at an enormous expense! If anything in the range of $0 to $1,000 is bought or sold out there, simple biometric check and existing credit system on earth is sufficient. But really, someone is going to pay hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of USD to go to a "space hotel" and then have to buy a pop in the lobby vending machine or a tampon in from a bathroom dispenser? give me a fucking break already

PR exercise. (1)

gihan_ripper (785510) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872957)

Hasn't anyone rumbled that this is just a PR exercise for Travelex? Plus I'm sure it's given a little extra spending cash to the academics involved.

Re:PR exercise. (1)

AgentPaper (968688) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873179)

+1. This ranks right up there with Pan Am selling tickets to the Moon.

The Future Is Still Money?! (5, Funny)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872969)

Psh. I was hoping we could exchange goods and services with things like youtube external links, myspace mass friend invites and wikipedia article additions...

While I'm at it:

Spacesuits: $1,200 each.
Oxygen recharge: $3.22 per gallon.
Farting in your space suit while you and your cheap-ass buddy share an airtank; priceless.

There's somethings your national currency can't buy. For everything else, there's QUIDS.

Very original... (2, Informative)

Piedramente (1063240) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872979)

I believe the term quid already exists for currency http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quid [wikipedia.org] I wonder where they came up with this new space currency??

Its Flooz but it is in Space! (2, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 6 years ago | (#20872995)

This reminds me of Flooz an attempt to create a currency for the Internet, as an attempt to cross borders and such.... But the truth is people want their own money either US Dollar, Pound, Euro... They are not going to transfer it for one thing and back again... Especially with those pictures. Heck take paper curancy and put it in your wallet or keep a credit card in your wallet. It is safer there then a bunch of oddly shaped plastic things in your pocket in 0g.

Re:Its Flooz but it is in Space! (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873173)

If you had posted this yesterday when I had the points, you'd get a +1 insightful.

Are we that arrogant? (1)

BiggoronSword (1135013) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873001)

We also had in mind that the currency should be meaningful for any intelligent life we might encounter in other planetary systems.
Seriously, where do we as humans have even the closest authority to define "intergalactic currency," as "quasi-universal" it may be. Give me a break. Everyone knows that the only real basic economic system is the bartering system. Anything else is power oriented.

They mind as well sell this stuff with all the other collectible coins that you pay more than they're supposedly worth (i.e. "...plus Shipping and Handling"). Then to find out that you can't spend the coins because nobody will accept coins.

Oblig. HHGTTG Reference (3, Funny)

Sentry21 (8183) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873003)

Monetary Units: None. In fact there are three freely convertible currencies in the Galaxy, but none of them count. The Altairian Dollar has recently collapsed, the Flainian Pobble Bead is only exchangable for other Flainian Pobble Beads, and the Trigantic Pu has its own very special problems. Its exchange rate of eight Nighis to one Pu is simple enough, but since a Ningi is a triangular rubber coin six thousand eight hundred miles along each side, no one has ever collected enough to own one Pu. Ningis are not negotiable currencies, because the Galactibanks refuse to deal in fiddling small change. From this basic premise it is very simple that Glactibanks are also the products of a deranged imagination.

Jfrist p5ot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20873007)

Much as WIndows in eternity...Romeo

Different Size Quids (1)

bostons1337 (1025584) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873009)

Anyone see the picture of the different size quids? Some of them look massive. The red one looks like its the size of a waffle house waffle. Think they'll make a special wallet to carry those suckers around in?

value vs. promises (1)

drDugan (219551) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873043)

Please, for the love of all things healthy in the Universe, we need to get back to money being denominations of value, not denominations of promises (notes). Whoever does create the de-facto intergalactic standard for currency would be better off convincing people to conduct trade with promises, but the people who use it are much better off with items that translate to real value (just like everyone else today).

frist currency? (1)

choongiri (840652) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873049)

It is the first currency of its kind in the universe

What makes you so sure, hmmmm?

Credit Cards? (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873053)

I don't know what is more funny: The fact that so many people remember what Quatloos are, or that no one has yet mentioned good old Gold Pressed Latinum.

Also, what they don't take VISA or Matercard up there? I though they took VISA everywhere? Not even Amex? Dinner's Club? Surely it would be more efficient to take ONE piece of plastic up there than a pocket full.

Plastic Toy Rocket - 12$
In flight meal - 320$
Flight Suit - 12,000$
Rocket Trip - 20,000,000
Realizing that it doesn't include accommodations on the station and you have to charge it to your Mastercard - Priceless.

Re:Credit Cards? (1)

basketcase (114777) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873137)

I actually remembered quatloos from the Futurama episode where Fry was playing a Star Trek trivia game and refused to leave until he got the quatloos he had won.

I knew what it was from the original Star Trek but had long forgotten it until I heard it there.

Just like a HUmna (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873057)

to create a currency and call it 'intergalactic'
Sheesh..don't even get me started on their 'Universe Series' baseball.

It must flow... (1)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873073)

The true unit of Interstellar commerce will always be the Spice.
1. Control the Spice 2. ???? 3. Profit!

Oxygen (1)

GrEp (89884) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873075)

Wouldn't grams of oxygen be a little harder currency?

A relevant question (1)

ProteusQ (665382) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873083)

How do you make change for this new space QUID? That's right, you need 100 space BOB!

*ba-ching*

Can a lady with a wooden leg change for a pound note? NO! Why? She's only got HALF A KNICKER!

(Ducks after having vegetables thrown at him from audience.)

Can't wait to swallow one on liftoff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20873105)

What are they thinking? That you won't have credit on your phone?

Or are they made of rare high-grade plastic. I figure the ultraheavy elements are already mined here, and all we have are the rare plastics to trade...

Monopoly money (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873117)

The Monopoly board game seems to hold the patent on useless money. Chocolate coins would be more popular I would think.

A bad idea (1)

mattr (78516) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873119)

This is so dumb. It costs so much money to move the currency, which is manufactured on Earth, up into space! Although it would be funnier if they looked like poker chips. Could be soft too.

But if you get a lot of money, you might have a lower chance of survival due to the lost delta-V. Although you could indeed throw the money away from you to build up a vector.

Everyone knows you need galactic credits, and you can exchange them with digital wallets that verify your identity. Those of course are way too heavy. Maybe each is so expensive because earthlings are at the mercy of more powerful galactic economies?

Spacewhat!? (1)

JamesTRexx (675890) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873125)

Anybody else felt dyslexic and read Space monkey invented for space tourists?

Who the hell wants to start a zoo in orbit?

What a shame (3, Interesting)

John Meacham (1112) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873143)

They took the time to design a new monetary format and didn't even make it based on a Balanced Ternary [wikipedia.org] system. Balanced ternary cash would be quite nice, it would mean almost always having the exact change, you only need one coin of each denomination to ensure you can make change for any possible transaction among other nice qualities.

Space Money (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 6 years ago | (#20873157)

Now that we have space money one thing is inevitable: Space Prostitutes.

-Peter
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