Floating city by Seasteading Institute could arrive by 2020

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Peter Theil, the founder of Paypal is one of the investors in an organisation that wants to build a floating city state by the year 2020. The Seasteading Institute wants to build semi-independent cities that float and say they would offer the chance to try new modes of government and at the same time would help to tackle several problems.


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The Seasteading Institute believes that by developing floating cities they will be taking the first steps towards fulfilling what they call “8 Great Moral Imperatives”. These include feeding those who are hungry, enriching the poor, making the sick cured, giving the atmosphere a clean-up, restoring oceans, powering civilization in a sustainable way, living as one with nature and stopping wars.


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The way to reach all of the above is for humanity to harness what the ocean offers. The institute believes that they have the potential to provide space that will be able to accommodate the growing global population while at the same time providing food and generating sustainable energy.

The institute also believes that the floating city would be able to bring in start-up governments. The city-states would allow people just to sail their home away and join another colony if they didn’t agree with the way that the government was behaving. This would mean that governments would be forced to compete with each other so as to attract citizens in their region.

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The city-states would be similar to pieces of jigsaw that could be moved and reassembled and of course the more popular government would essentially have more people living in their colony. The institute has published a feasibility report on the project and they firmly believe that the project could have a market.


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The initial design of the floating city concept featured modular platforms that would all slot together and which could be moved around. They would be made of reinforced concrete of 50m x 50m or pentagons with sides of 50 meters and would be able to support housing, apartments, offices, hotels and three story buildings. Initially, 11 of the modules could be fitted together and this would provide homes for 300 residents at a cost of around US$167 million.

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