“Pick one: Would you rather live in a colony on Mars or in the ocean?
In the coming years, both could be possible.”
National Geographic Explorer
This year, they sponsored my trip to give a panel talk at the festival about how we can save this planet by colonizing the seas, rather than abandoning Earth and fleeing to Mars.
I caused a stir. When I said our Polynesian Floating Islands should be available by 2020 and require no tax money, an astronomer called it “magical thinking,” compared it to “Staten Island,” and evoked “the decimation of Hawaiian populations.” By the time she claimed that colonizing Mars will provide “immediate, palpable benefits to people here on earth,” we had won quite a few seasteading converts among the live audience on social media.
Click the photo below to check it out!