Former Google employee establishing countries on artificial islands
Is the day near when an easy-to-live-in utopia for geeks can be achieved?
Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize in economics. His grandson, the former Google engineer Patri Friedman, is along with his colleagues actively soliciting donations to establish new countries.
Originally starting from discussions among friends dissatisfied by politics, it has become a project to create their own ideal place. Launching artificial islands in international waters where national powers do not reach, they will enact their own independent laws and constitutions. The concept is detailed on their website. Starting by floating a boat near the San Francisco coast, they plan to begin by constructing a facility where engineers who do not hold a visa can live. The beginning of 2014 is the apparent target. We look forward to seeing just what kind of utopia they will achieve.
[Translation by Ian Erickson]