Is seasteading a realistic goal?
Over thirty million people a year already visit floating cities in the form of cruise ships. These ships provide water, food, power, service staff and safety from the waves at a cost as low as $60 per night. There are also 1,500 oil and gas platforms in US waters alone. So, while it is easy to imagine disaster scenarios for a floating city, floating cities are not actually a new engineering concept. Spending in related industries totals more than $150 billion per year.
None of this is meant to equate seasteads with cruise ships or oil platforms. We have different goals dictating different designs that create new challenges. However, the basic problems have been solved for a long time. Our task is to adapt existing technology to a much more exciting goal than vacationing or extracting resources: permanently settling the ocean. The biggest uncertainties do not lie in questions about whether safe, comfortable seasteads can be built, but whether they can be built at a low enough cost to attract permanent residents.
Posted in: Vision, Mission, and Goals
Posted on December 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm