March 10, 2009

Life At Sea

I love the ocean and there have been many moments in which I considered trying to find a life at sea that would work for me. But this is a bit different from what I had been thinking of.

It is kind of an interesting idea, sort a wild west feel at sea. Not so sure that I'd be the one to want to do it. Could be a lot of fun or a lot like Lord of The Flies.

"(CNN) -- 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."


Anonymous said...

The inexorable thrust of human curiousity! I love it. Wish I was younger and rich so I could participate!

Jack said...

It is kind of cool.