Floating cities sound like a concept out of a science-fiction film, but this is no longer the case. By 2020, the first floating city is expected to emerge in the Pacific Ocean, and life on it will be drastically different than life on land.
Seasteading Institute, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, is presently developing the first floating city — and has been since 2008. Recently, it reached an agreement with the government of French Polynesia to begin testing the proposed idea in its waters. Said Joe Quirk, the president of the Seasteading Institute,
“If you could have a floating city, it would essentially be a start-up country. We can create a huge diversity of governments for a huge diversity of people.”
The New York Times reports that the community in question would consist of about a dozen structures. These would include homes, hotels, offices, and restaurants. The buildings would also feature living roofs, be made using local wood, bamboo, and coconut fiber, and contain recycled metal and plastic.
Already, engineers and architects have visited an undisclosed location where the floating city is likely to emerge. Reportedly, the goal of the city is to “liberate humanity from politicians,” and to “rewrite the rules that govern society.”
Not surprising to some, the venture won’t be cheap. The total cost of building the offshore utopia is estimated to be around $167 million. Still, it could prove a worthy undertaking — especially if it frees humans from the rule of countries’ governments.
“Governments just don’t get better,” said Quirk. “They’re stuck in previous centuries. That’s because land incentivizes a violent monopoly to control it.”
Thanks to PayPal founder Peter Thiel, the Seasteading Institute has already received seed funding. However, more money still needs to be raised. To accomplish this, the institute hopes to hold an “initial coin offering,” which is a crowdfunding campaign that raises money by creating and selling virtual currency.
“I want to see floating cities by 2050, thousands of them hopefully, each of them offering different ways of governance,” said Quirk. “The more people moving among them, the more choices we’ll have and the more likely it is we can have peace, prosperity and innovation.”
Are floating cities the future? Time will tell. For now, enjoy a peek at what life in a floating city could look like…
Floating cities are no longer a science-fiction concept
Seasteading Institute, a San Francisco-based nonprofit has been working on the idea since 2008
Recently, it received permission from the government of French Polynesia to begin testing in its waters
“If you could have a floating city, it would essentially be a start-up country,” said Quirk, the President of Seasteading Institute
“We can create a huge diversity of governments for a huge diversity of people”
The community in question should consist of about a dozen structures, including homes, hotels, offices, and restaurants
Reportedly, engineers and architects have already visited the undisclosed location
Those behind the project seek to “liberate humanity from politicians” and “rewrite the rules that govern society”
In total, the utopian society will cost $167 to build
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