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City floating on the sea could be just 3 years away - March 10th 2009, 11:03 PM

A floating city off the coast of San Francisco may sound like science fiction, but it could be reality in the not-too-distant future.

The Seasteading Institute already has drawn up plans for the construction of a homestead on the Pacific Ocean.

One project engineer described the prototype as similar to a cruise ship, but from a distance the cities might look like oil-drilling platforms.
According to the plans, the floating cities would not only look different from their land-based counterparts, but they might operate differently, too.
Patri Friedman, a former Google engineer who now works for the Seasteading Institute, said floating cities are the perfect places to experiment with new forms of government.

Some of the new political ideas the group is tossing around include legalizing marijuana and making intellectual property communal -- so that everyone would take ownership in art produced on the city at sea. "The idea isn't just about getting away from rules or getting rid of rules. It's about a system that encourages experimentation with different political systems," he said.

Friedman said the floating city may be built in modular pieces so that city blocks and neighborhoods can be recombined to create new urban layouts.
The idea of building cities on the sea is not new, he said, but the Seasteading Institute has come closer to realizing the goal than others.

"A lot of people over the past hundred plus years have had this idea and even specifically building cities on the ocean to try out new forms of government," he said. "But they've pretty much been totally imagined and if they did try, they totally failed."


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Re: City floating on the sea could be just 3 years away - March 10th 2009, 11:16 PM

Experiments with government, eh? What we need instead for that is a city under the sea, where the artist would not fear the censor, where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality. Where the great would not be constrained by the small! Nothing can possibly go wrong...
   
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Re: City floating on the sea could be just 3 years away - March 10th 2009, 11:28 PM

Seems far off, if ever, but it's a really cool idea.


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Re: City floating on the sea could be just 3 years away - March 10th 2009, 11:29 PM

Aren't they building or thinking of building a moving skyscraper in Dubai?


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Re: City floating on the sea could be just 3 years away - March 11th 2009, 12:04 AM

I'd like to see this. I can't even begin to imagine how it would float.


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Re: City floating on the sea could be just 3 years away - March 11th 2009, 03:05 AM

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Re: City floating on the sea could be just 3 years away - March 11th 2009, 03:18 AM

That sounds like it would be pretty cool. But I don't see how it would really work.


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Re: City floating on the sea could be just 3 years away - March 11th 2009, 03:28 AM

That'd be so awesome! More awesome, I think, than a community on a spaceship. I'd love to live there. xD



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Re: City floating on the sea could be just 3 years away - March 11th 2009, 03:29 AM

Wouldn't it be liable to sinking? Not to mention CA is very earthquake prone which causes liquefaction of the soil and acts like a spong
   
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Re: City floating on the sea could be just 3 years away - March 11th 2009, 05:49 AM

Yeah, I'm not gonna move there. No thanks.
   
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