Seasteading is poised to move forward in some big ways, including a new venture being launched by former Seasteading Institute staff. Max Marty and Dario Mutabdzija, former directors of business and legal strategy respectively, are starting a seasteading venture named Blueseed. Blueseed will create a visa-free technology incubator for startups and knowledge workers in international waters off the coast of the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit blueseed.co.
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I can’t wait to see what happens when the first Al-Qaeda member joins.
I’d love to hear more about their network plans as well. Wonder how their gonna get internet access out there…
Internet access 24 miles offshore is simple… check out the coverage map for HugesNet Horizons 1. Here is the link: http://www.mobilsat.com/Satelliteinternet-coverage-area/horizons1.htm
The biggest disadvantage to this type of service is that rain can interfere with the signal. There are other service providers such as Marine Link. Companies such as KVH and SeaTel provide antenna systems for marine applications and are used widely on boats in coastal and offshore waters globally.
I don’t work for HughesNet, KVH, SeaTel, or MarineLink. I am an offshore sailor.
This is my initial encounter with the seasteading concept; but my initial reaction is: wouldn´t be cheaper to do it in solid land? Just announce that you need 100,000 acres or something similar and sellers (even countries) would offer that piece of land. With independence thrown in. Ideal place: beachfront property, like the Gulf of California, on the sonoran or sinaloan beach.
HughesNet is great if you are going to check email, tweet, or update your Facebook status. It sucks monkeys for anything else. Latency is horrible so gaming, high-quality video, or anything streaming just crawls. And their bandwidth rates are crazy. You are going to try and use a sat service for VoIP, teleconferencing, online backup, and all other network services? Good luck trying to run an IT farm with that.
You are better off using a line-of-sight laser or microwave link to a shore-based station. But that provides a chink in the armor…the government wants to shut you down they just cut your wires. An IT farm with no broadband is like a nude bar with everyone in coveralls.
We’ve covered this in the forums before. Getting reliable, high-speed network access to a seastead is a big technical issue…not to be taken lightly.
cheaper to do it in solid land
Yes, it would be cheaper. But they are trying to avoid all the annoying rules and regulations that the US government puts in place like making sure people who work here are not terrorists, or have not entered the country illegally. I’m sure they also want to avoid taxes, so they can charge huge maintenance fees for everyone who lives on the platform to pay for platform repairs and servicing.
Great, great news! Finally things are getting more concrete.
The only thing I didn’t like is the location. I hope you at least make it close enough from Mexico, to make it less painful for non US citizens like me. Otherwise, the seastead will only be easily accessible by everyone after it has its own internation airport, what I believe will take a while!