Photo Credit: Marko Järvela/via SeaSteading competition But here's the kicker: Thiel hopes to place the structures beyond the coastal jurisdiction of existing countries and their laws. Call it a libertarian pipe dream if you will, but he hopes to experiment with different types of government styles. In some cases, he wishes to start up city-states without minimum wages and welfare, with fewer weapons restrictions and "looser" building codes, he says. Seasteading already has a team working on the legal issues involved.
Floating pilots, which will include office buildings, will be placed off the coast of San Francisco as early as next year.
Photo Credit: Emerson Stepp/via SeaSteading competition Investors such as Thiel believe the city-states offer an opportunity to better humanity and its right to true democracy, while critics point out executing the plan would be a logistical and environmental nightmare devoid of proper urban planning.
Either way, it looks like the project is transitioning from being a thing of the future to a thing of the present.
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Seasteading Institute, a non-profit, will not directly launch the pilots near San Francisco. The organization views itself as a facilitator. Instead, a company called Blueseed will pilot the vessels in hope of creating innovative atmospheres for entrepreneurs and start-ups.