Wired article is online!


Several dozen conference-goers are filing into the Mendocino Room of the Embassy Suites Hotel in Burlingame, a San Francisco suburb, arming themselves with coffee and muffins as they shuffle to their seats. It’s the kind of scene that occurs daily—if not hourly—in the Bay Area, where techies and businesspeople forever squeeze into drab meeting rooms to discuss how they are going to change the world. But even by local standards, the attendees gathered here are chasing a dream so grand and exotic it makes the typical Internet confab look like an OSHA seminar. Anyone can build a game-changing social-network platform or a virtual community or a set of open APIs. But the people here want to start a nonmetaphorical revolution by creating their own independent nations. In the middle of the ocean. On prefab floating platforms.

And here is their artist’s renditions of our consultant’s engineering and architectural design (which we’ll be posting details and SketchUp models from in the next few days).

Wired Platform


5 thoughts on “Wired article is online!”

  1. The article was excellent. And it’s good to see the MI&T plan. I like the fact that multiple spars are used. Looking forward to going over the detailed plans.

  2. I saw this article on Digg earlier today and it immediately caught my eye.  After reading, I was enthralled; I found the podcast at Econtalk and then started browsing the site.

    I want to thank everyone that’s been involved in this project.  This is the best chance I’ve seen for the future of liberty in our world; it’s not a random pie-in-the-sky idea that sounds great on paper, but a solid, tangible idea based on building up in stages.  I have the utmost confidence that the entire Seasteading Institute group will make this happen.

    After thinking about distributed republics in terms of a theoretical governmental model for so long, it’s a nice feeling to see the possibility on the horizon.  I’ve added a fairly in-depth profile and I’m ready to volunteer in any way I can.

    This is the best push for freedom since the foundations of the United States were laid.  Kudos to all of you.

  3. Few, if any, truly great things are easy, and I’d certainly say this is a great thing.  That said, by working on the problem iteratively rather than trying to hit the end goal all at once, you decrease the difficulty and increase the feasibility.  This project is most certainly heading in the direction we so badly need.

    As for web development, I unfortunately can’t help out there directly.  However, I’m going to throw the volunteer link to some buddies that do such things and see if I can rope anyone into helping out 🙂

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