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October 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm #22356September 17, 2013 at 4:56 am #22302
I would say that the government needs to be on the seastead, if an insurrection or an invasion occurs, you may not hear about it for hours or days, it will then be much harder to take back control of the seastead unless you have remote control of critical systems, i.e you turn off water and power.
A government type office in another country is called an embassy or government in exile.
Those countries which have or had empires tended to have a large military force to keep control, but they were and are under intense politcal pressure to relinquish their empires.
It may be possible to run several seasteads under one government but I do not think it will be common or easy.September 14, 2013 at 10:42 am #22295
That depends on the design, you might design something in steel which would be expensive as well as requiring constant maintenance or you might design something that is cheaper yet will have a limited lifespan and need to be replaced after so many years.
Do you really want such a large single structure, maybe it would be better to link up 2500 rafts each 20mtr square to create your 1Km square island.
Your island could start small and grow as funds become available or demands dictate.June 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm #22053
If a Government wants someone they will come in and get them, a seastead cannot protect anyone from abduction or assasination.June 10, 2013 at 5:20 am #22026
I think printing something the size of an oil rig in one piece is going to be too much to ask for, especially when you consider maintenance issues, if something breaks down, you want to replace only the broken part, not print another complete replacement “oilrig”.
3D printing is important to seasteading as it would allow us to print parts on demand rather than having to keep parts in our stores just in case something breaks down, the open source RepRap community is working hard to develop the technology, and we could help by experimenting with plastic collected from the gyres to create recycled plastic for printing with.
The most obvious problem that needs to be dealt with or planned for is that plastic breaks down with exposure to ultra violet light, some chemical added to the plastic might slow down that process, but not being a chemical engineer, I do not know what additive is needed or even possible.
The RepRap can only make components that fit within its build table, I imagine something like a spider that can travel to its work area and lay down as much plastic as is needed to effect the repair, it should be able to build the parts needed to assemble new single family seasteads for occupation by newly independant children of the family, as their first home.
Maybe one or two seasteaders could have expensive, professional 3D printers to supply the whole community with parts, but this impacts the independence of individual seasteaders.
I worry about people being trapped on an abusive seastead where they are effectively prisoners with no way of getting help, and I would like to see seasteads grow as clusters of single family seasteads, so if things get rough in one place, they can drop their moorings and sail off to another cluster.
An alternative to concrete that could be experimented with is of course, seacrete.December 13, 2010 at 1:32 am #12082
It would make sense to have the breakwater generate electricity from wave energy while creating a calm lagoon for the boats.December 13, 2010 at 1:26 am #12081
One person, one vote on every decision or proposed new legislation.
There would be fewer laws because people don’t play politics, they get on with their lives, it is professional polititians that are the cause of all the worlds’ and nations internal problems because they cannot solve a problem, they don’t know how, but if they did they would not solve it so they could use it as an excuse to be voted back for another term, saying their work is not finished.
I hold politicians in the deepest contempt.December 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm #12065
Representative democracy has been shown to be a scam, representatives ignore the people who voted for them and sell their influence to anyone with cash.
Every person should be their own representative with the power to propose new legislation and the ability to vote on every thing.
Computers, communications and the internet allows real democracy, we should not ignore this opportunity, if everyone voted on everything there would be less war, less corruption and fewer laws, resulting in a freer, fairer more civilised society.December 6, 2010 at 11:45 am #12005
Not necessarily open source, just that others are allowed to use that idea.
Many ideas which should be made standards are “proprietary” and not available for use by others, so they have to reinvent something which may be inferior and certainly incompatible.
If we want 3 or 4 manufacturers building seasteads, it is important they they all follow a set of standards so that the seasteads will link up with each other.December 4, 2010 at 11:17 pm #11994
When someone has a good idea others want to copy it, so if “the industry” wants to develop a large market they should not patent or copyright key pieces of technology like connection systems, perhaps TSSI could act as a standards approval body, recieving this validation will be dependant on recipients sharing the technology or idea with other manufacturers.November 21, 2010 at 9:46 am #11924
I would say there is a big difference between someone who can live in a confined space for a month knowing that they will be released after that and someone who knows they must spend most of the rest of their life in a concrete coffin.October 31, 2010 at 3:44 am #11748ellmer wrote:
20 ton prototype without ballast (still without sail)
Sorry for being off topic but looking at this picture would you say that was a hazard, boats could crash into it without seeing it especially at night.September 30, 2010 at 2:29 am #11421
I’m not sure what you are trying to say here.
If you mean a seasteads management do things which are contrary to people’s basic human rights, then the risk is that some outside force may decide they don’t like the way you are running your seastead and will come and take it from you or remove the people from your seastead.
If you are talking about a security force that will protect seasteads from pirates, then they could sell insurance and assist their clients as needed, this is how the first fire brigades were set up by insurance companies, the risk is that it degenerates into a criminal protection racket.September 26, 2010 at 4:13 am #11408Ken wrote:
it’s clear that most of the spam is from live human beings, not bots.
That’s surprising, you’d think these people would have better things to do with their time, I’m sure the spam angers more than entices.
And thanks for the work you do clearing the spam.
And apologies to wohl1917.September 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm #11394
If you compare athurart09 post to wohl1917 it becomes hard to see the difference between spambots and real people