So here's their assumption, that the pursuit of money, the creation of personal fortune (at whatever level a person wants) is what motivates people to build the better mousetrap. So let's analyze this a bit.
Why do people want money? Here are some fundamental reasons, and there could be more picky ones if you really wanted to develop a huge list, but that's not my point here. Anyway...
-- To have a nicer home.
-- To have a nicer car.
-- To provide abundant food.
-- To have nicer quality clothes.
-- To be financially independent, meaning no debt or financial obligation to anyone.
-- To provide for self education and/or the education of ones family.
-- To be able to enjoy life at will.
Hmmm, you know, all of these sound to me like this person simply wants to have a better quality of life. They want to have a high standard of living that is relaxed, comfortable and truly free. They are not really interested in the pursuit of MONEY, they are simply interested in the pursuit of a better quality of life.
In the current system, money is the means by which that better life is to be attained, and money is a fickle beast that people fight over, kill for, and many cannot get much of, so by the very nature of the system, it's not possible for the multitude to achieve that higher quality of life, even though ALL of them want it. I don't know about you, but I've never met anyone who wants to starve, be homeless and barely survive.
Look, Galileo didn't go up against the Church (at great personal peril) for the pursuit of money. Newton didn't invent Calculus for the pursuit of money. Albert Einstein didn't develop theories on Relativity for the pursuit of money, nor did Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, James Watt, Louis Pasteur, and many others who have developed new and/or better systems that positively affect the human quality of life.
We are conditioned to think that money provides our incentive. Bullshit. The incentive is and has always been the human desire to better their life, which in turn betters the lives of others who use whatever was invented or created. This innovative spirit does not come with a price tag. It does not hinge on material gain, but hinges on the positive advancement of the human condition.
Now, money grubbing business bastards will twist and use this innovative spirit to fund and then rape the inventor of their knowledge for the sole purpose of making money. This happens all the time. Tesla was an eccentric and half nutty brilliant inventor, but brilliant nonetheless. JP Morgan funded and profited significantly off the man, who cared less about financial gain, and cared more about advancing the human condition. So, when he built Wardenclyffe in an effort to provide free wireless electricity, JP Morgan cut the funding. FREE?! Can you believe Tesla wanted to create a system that distributed a needed service for FREE?! JP Morgan can't make money on free things, and in the end, Tesla died a broke and broken man, but gave the world amazing technological advancement. Yeah, money is such a wonderful thing.
So to summarize, money does NOT spawn innovation. Mankind today is riding on the work of a small few, people who only cared about making a system or piece technology better. Most people have no clue how their TV works, or their cell phone, but they use it. They didn't invent it. Of the billions of people living on the planet, less than a million throughout history have provided advancement to the world, and mankind will always produce those kinds of individuals. In fact, I bet because of starvation and rampant poverty throughout the world, we LOSE thousands of brilliant minds every day that NEVER have the opportunity to provide great things for humanity.
We can produce even more brilliant altruistic people if we geared our educational system towards focusing on that goal, not the pursuit of money and material gain, but the pursuit of always trying to make things better, easier, faster and more abundant for all mankind, enabling humanity to be the free and wondrous creatures we can be.
And to tie this into space exploration and development, how can you NOT see the potential of our species among the stars the moment we adopt such a logical and rational approach to how we manage our lives.