Is Turning to the Open Sea the Future of Freedom?

November 13 2008 / by Alvis Brigis
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As technology makes communication and perhaps even sovereignty more fluid will humans flock to the sea to realize such benefits?

Parti Friedman, Executive Director of the Sea Steading Institute, paints a future scenario in which modular ocean-based living transforms government, democracy and, most importantly, quality of life.

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  1. Sounds like a modern day Atlantis. That would be interesting. You wouldn’t have to worry about earthquakes but what about Hurricanes or Typhoons (based on where these cities are located)?

    Sounds like a great idea but we need to reach that stepping stone in technology before this would work.

    Posted by: Covus   November 14, 2008
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  2. Maybe if it is hard enough and attached to a heavy enough base, you wouldn’t have to worry about typhoons, but still it would be soooo expensive to build. The technology may exist, but that doesn’t mean the money does.

    Posted by: Mielle Sullivan   November 14, 2008
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  3. Living on the sea is fine and good, but any so called “safety” is is negated by it’s complete exposure. The safety you find is from earthly phenomena when by far the largest threats come from above.

    Posted by: tk421   November 14, 2008
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  4. It makes sense that humans would eventually migrate more and more out over the oceans. Interestingly, the technology does exist, and is improving, to cope with sea-oriented vulnerabilities.

    The very shape, weight distribution and stabilizing structure of the community would be important ideas from the get go.

    The new wave farm technology speaks to the permanency of floating edifices and engineering. Bigger and bigger ships are taking longer and longer voyages for naval purposes, shipping, and vacationers today.

    Like ships, icebergs and even plants and trees, a large portion of the oceanic structures would necessarily be submerged, possibly even usable parts of the structure, like the cargo hold of a ship, or possibly just ballast material. This would moderate between the two extremes of free-floating, which is too insecure, and being attached to the seabed, which would eventually see the city completely submerged when the water level eventually rose.

    With the overpopulation problem, which creates problems far beyond finding an affordable apartment, and with space being so vast, and our space travel technology developing so slowly, the large blue areas on our map may well become more and more relevant to our purposes.

    Posted by: Adam Cutsinger   November 16, 2008
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  5. Everyone brings up some great points. Though, it makes me wonder if people would be willing to venture out to this life at sea. The scenario seems good, but will people think they are ready even with all the advances in technology?

    Posted by: christinep   November 17, 2008
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