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Blueseed And The Seasteading Institute

Updated on December 28, 2011

The Blueseed Seastead Ready To Take Off Around 2013

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The vision of seasteading ambassadors to create numerous floating cities out in the ocean that are sovereign nations in their own right is getting a little closer to being more than just a dream with recent announcements. The Seasteading Institute co-founder Peter Thiel (more widely known from his work as Paypal founder and Facebook funder) has anted up to bring reality to the concept vessels and seasteading artists renderings with news that he will be leading the first round of funding for the Blueseed seasteading team. The Blueseed company estimates that they will need from $10 to $30 million to really get things going on a floating extension to Silicon Valley that will lie in international waters about 12 miles out of the San Francisco Bay area.

Max Marty and Dario Mutabdzija were two former executives at the Seasteading Institute who have sailed off in pursuit of the first commercial seasteading success. They are now the CEO and president of Blueseed. They will likely be looking to acquire or perhaps develop a sort of barge / cruise ship hybrid with the promise of offering a visa free zone to entrepreneur and high-tech startups looking to remain close to the culture and network of talent in Silicon Valley without the barriers of entry that can often be faced by current United States restrictions. This could be a hard sell off the coast of US with unemployment rates currently at such high levels. But it is an interesting premise to base the first seastead colony on nonetheless and there are already startups submitting the applications to be the first aboard. If Blueseed is able to plant the seed for these startups they most certainly will still be contributing to the economy through various avenues. The retrofitted ship in the ocean would still need supplies as not everything will be available in a self-sufficient manner and that will open up opportunities to those able to ferry imports back and forth. Further, employees aboard the Blueseed enterprise will be just a short ferry away from California where if they are not citizens of the USA then they will still be able to enter through travel visas and spend their new found income in the land-based economy.

Visas aside their are still other reasons that this hopefully will turn out to be a viable and profitable experiment and turn into the blue seed that began the seastead garden of mobile and modular living platforms. With the United States Congress pushing such measures as SOPA (The Stop Online Piracy Act) as well as the omnipresent Patriot Act just to name a few, there are opportunities to avoid the unintended consequences of such legislative bills. It will be interesting to see how Blueseed and future seasteads handle issues such as internet access. As one of the amenities the ship intends to offer is ship-wide high-speed internet access is possible that it could be some type of satellite internet but then that leaves the question open as to who owns the satellite. Alas, that solution would probably prove too slow for the high-tech crowd and most probably Blueseed will not be launching a low-earth orbit satellite to complement their vessel but there are other alternatives like laser beams. At least in these early days it is clear that many things will still need to be borrowed. This may always be the case as the Seasteading Institute promotes the premise that material self-sufficiency is not necessary and in general not even desirable. Perhaps piggy-backing on the back of some service providers is not a terrible idea and there will certainly be enough technical know how aboard to implement the latest encryption and anti-eavesdropping technologies.

So with Blueseed forecasting a monthly living cost of around $1200 who would not think it would be a great and fascinating adventure to jump aboard and live libertarian ideals in the middle of the oceans? With moon colonization or other space destinations currently much more beyond reach than the seas this will be practically the only area for liberty loving people to experiment with manners of living and innovative social governance. The initial capacity is slated to be around 1000 passengers/residents and I would expect there to be a large waiting list of talented individuals desiring to be one of the first to participate. Make sure you have your passport ready. May Blueseed be blessed and Godspeed Blueseed.

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      Rod Martin Jr 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Fascinating!

      Up and interesting.

      (Down with SOPA)

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      againsttheodds 5 years ago

      Thank you for the comment. Yes SOPA and the censorship it permits is definitely a very bad thing. Lets vote the politicians out who would support such a travesty.

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      againsttheodds 5 years ago

      Well it looks like you're in Cebu, but that goes for any US readers and it definitely has worldwide implications as well.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Now THIS is truly a unique niche!

      It would be pretty interesting for little floating "utopias" of sorts to start...setting sail.

      I admit to being a bit frightened of that big gob of water that makes up most of the planet.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      againsttheodds, very interesting and informative article. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Up and interesting.

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      William Mahaffy 5 years ago from Freezing up north

      Interesting article. Honduras is actually in the process of creating zones that can become "micronations". It's going to be interesting to see how the libertarian movement utilizes these opportunities.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      This is quite a fascinating concept. I wonder what kind of government these mini nations foresee for themselves? It seems that the floating cities could attract people who are not only trying to escape business restrictions, but also other kinds of laws. This opens up all kinds of questions on how residents are screened and selected...

      I also wonder about the practicality of a permanent floating city - how would bad storms affect it? So many questions...I see that there are other related hubs, and I'm looking forward to reading more about this idea!

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      againsttheodds 5 years ago

      Hello Stephanie, Thank you for you kind comment. The points you bring up are valid. Blueseed I expect will stay fairly mainstream although there are sects of the Libertarian collective that wish to explore options in other types of freedom whether it be seasteads free from drug laws or any other type of nanny-state oppressiveness. As far as weathering storms in a seastead, there are all sorts of ideas and that would make a good hub in itself. Some would maintain mobility in order to maneuver around oncoming hurricanes, etc, while others might attempt to build more permanent structures like oil rig type platforms. There are of course many, many details that any seasteading initiative will have to take up.

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