You would still be talking about increasing efficiency by millions, so you'll need to be able consistently to double the rate at least every five years to even have a chance of reaching that kind of scale within 100 years
. And then afterwards, assuming that the tech plateaus it will take another 100 years
to mine 1% more
of the moon. While computing power is more impressive that that (Moore's Law says that the number of transistors is doubling every two years) I highly doubt that strip-mining technology can get to that kind of exponential growth.
And also, let's not forget there's no point in digging that much stuff out if nobody wants it, so the demand
for it will have to double every five years as well. And that's to reach it in 100 years
edited 16th Feb '14 9:03:01 PM by IraTheSquire