Many of the technologies necessary to space settlement can best be developed for seasteading first. Examples include bio-remediation and recycling. The Biosphere II experiment 20 years ago was not successful at this at all. It would be good to develop bio-meme technology for the seasteads. High density food production (hydroponics, aeroponics) will be developed as a part of seasteading as well, particularly of seafood. These technologies must be available in order to settle space and it is much easier and cheaper, not to mention safer, to develop these technologies as a part of seasteading capabilities prior to any kind of space development.
I know Singaporeans are conservative by nature, as are the overseas Chinese in the rest of South East Asia. I know that this conservatism does manifest itself in owning multiple residences in different countries (for example, Vancouver B.C.). I thought it might extend to seasteading concepts, since it would allow for complete political sefl-determination for the overseas Chinese that would live on them. I guess the engineering “newness” aspect of such seasteading is considered riskier than the political aspects of living in Malay countries such as Malaysia or Indonesia (Thailand seems long term hospitable for Chinese people).
In any case, I think the best prospect for attracting investment for seasteading concepts is in places where real estate values are at a premium. Would the Hong Kong Chinese be interested in this concept? Can anyone here comment on this? Hong Kong is the only place I can think of that has more expensive real estate than Singapore. Tokyo’s real estate has declined over the past 18 years and still continues to decline.
My point was that of an incremental approach to constructing seasteads is the only way to develop the knowledge and capability to build them. A construction company should start small, building floating individual houses and what not, then move on to larger and larger residential (apartment buildings) and commercial structures as the market develops for such. This provides a strategy for the incremental development of the technology and contruction techniques necessaru for the contruction of larger and larger stuctures on the ocean, while generating a cash stream while doing so. It will take 15-20 years of such experience to develope the knowledge and capability to build an entire seastead out on the open ocean (international waters). The knowledge and engineering to do such does not currently exist. It seems to me that the best market opportunity for this is port cities with the highest real estate values.