Floating cities are no longer science fiction

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The New York Times is willing to describe floating cities as no longer science fiction:

Mr. Quirk and his team are focusing on their Floating Island Project in French Polynesia. The government is creating what is effectively a special economic zone for the Seasteading Institute to experiment in and has offered 100 acres of beachfront where the group can operate.

Mr. Quirk and his collaborators created a new company, Blue Frontiers, which will build and operate the floating islands in French Polynesia. The goal is to build about a dozen structures by 2020, including homes, hotels, offices and restaurants, at a cost of about $60 million. To fund the construction, the team is working on an initial coin offering. If all goes as planned, the structures will feature living roofs, use local wood, bamboo and coconut fiber, and recycled metal and plastic.


  1. Sam J. says:

    James Bowery has what I think as a much better plan as it’s self sustaining and multiplies exponentially.

    There’s plans for artificial Islands, (not the Libertarian guys), that could house the whole of the population of planet Earth with four times the energy use that a typical American uses in only fifteen years.

    James Bowery, “Exponential Remediation of Civilization’s Footprint”, on creating new territory.


    There are even newer forms of making food would be even more efficient than bio-reactors. Using electricity and air to grow food at up to ten times the efficiency of photosynthesis.


    So this is happening now. I think one of the big steps missing is cheap construction materials. We have that coming. Graphene is one of the strongest materials we have and it keeps getting cheaper and cheaper to make. Graphene made from coal or some other cheap carbon source could be the magic material that lowers the cost of construction materials dramatically while providing very good performance.

  2. Adar says:

    This was once before. Minerva Reef. Libertarians wanted to test in the real world libertarian ideals and principles to see if they really worked. The project, an independent nation [?] lasted for three days and then the nearest power just occupied and shut the place down. An ocean going liner that had been run aground in an area of shoals with sand dredged from the bottom.

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