Seasteading '08 Conference: Vote with your housecrasch writes "The Seasteading Institute will be hosting its first annual conference on October 10th, 2008. Seasteaders advocate the long term settlement of the ocean, with the hope that seasteads will improve governments by making it much easier for citizens to exit from bad governments. Participants of the conference will explore solutions to some of the obstacles to seasteading (economic, political, and engineering) and discuss recent advances in the development of a prototype seastead. Here's an excerpt from their press release:
If the Seasteading Institute has its way, you will soon be able to relocate your house--or even your entire town--almost as easily as you move your car. "We are going to build permanent floating settlements on the ocean. The first prototype will likely be built in the sheltered waters of the San Francisco Bay, but future designs will be capable of withstanding open ocean conditions." says Patri Friedman, founder of the Mountain View based non-profit. The Institute recently received some substantial backing for their approach, in the form of a $500,000 grant from Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel. Unlike some past projects which envisioned enormous, multi-billion dollar cities, The Seasteading Institute advocates a modular, incremental approach, where cities are built up one block, or even one house, at a time. Patri says: "Cruise ships already demonstrate that people can live on the ocean in big, movable buildings at reasonable cost. We've got a slightly different design: we're going to build a city out of interconnected floating platforms. That way you'll be able to move cities, and take your house and yard with you! And we are designing these platforms to be comparable in cost to high-end land-based homes."
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