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    I visited TED.com today, as I usually do every few days, and found this newly posted video: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/264 The speaker, the deep-ocean explorer who found the Titanic, has a lot of information and ideas to share that I think are applicable to seasteading. In fact, at the end he raises the question of living on the ocean!

    The most important things he spoke about were natural resources in the ocean and education/interaction with those on land. His team discovered deposits of heavy minerals/metals, even gold, at the bottom of the ocean. They now use robotic exploratory vehicles commanded from their ships to video and explore the ocean.

    • My (crazy?) idea was for the seasteading community to invest in a few of these such robots. They could be used for exploration (and get grant money or other income?) as well as harvesting the resources for export. Seasteads need resources to trade right? Why not gold, iron, lead, methane ice, and scientific discovery? It would be expensive to start, but I’m sure these could be funded by investors, much like the current expeditions are funded. So I’m envisioning this eventual fleet of robots diving to the ocean floor, scraping/mining resources and returning to the surface like Terran SCVs from Starcraft :) Replace vespene gas with methane and you’ve got fuel!
    • The other thing he addresses is involving people on land. In another thread constantly broadcasting webcams were brought up. This could be extended further. The seasteading community could be a social experiment that is actually broadcast live. Reality TV, in a sense, which might even be a source of subscription revenue. All members of the community could be asked to maintain public blogs where they record the day to day activities of seasteading life, dish on local politics, provide an outlet for land-lovers to ask questions about life on the sea, etc, etc. Then psychologists, sociologists and others from major universities or research centers could conduct research on the seasteading community. Or educational videos could be broadcast online or via live feed into classrooms around the globe.

    Just some food for thought :) And your web admin needs to fix these

    formatting problems.

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