Sunday, May 25, 2008
Seasteading and Polar Cities in the Future
A group of people in California have come up with a novel idea they have dubbed "seasteading" and there is a website about it now, lots of PR online from Wired and Gizmodo and Slashdot, and a US$500,000 pot of gold donated by a PayPal philanthropist, and it's a good read:
Question for you: could these seasteading towers be useful as part of the adaptation process for global warming in the year 2500? Could some of them be anchored off the coasts of Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Russia, etc, for use by survivors of global warming's more disastrous "events" 30 generations down THE ROAD?
Probably not, since they can only house a few families, maybe 100 people at most. But who knows? The creative idea is worth looking into. Seasteading. Google the word and study up on it. Getting lots of press, as we blog.
When I emailed one of the seasteaders about the project, he told me:
I had never heard of polar cities idea before. Sounds interesting,
Personally, we are focused in working on topics of direct relevance to
human progress this century. Our viewpoint is that 2500 is far
enough away that we can't predict what their problems will be (imagine
someone in the year 1500 trying to predict what our problems will be
in 2000!). Hence, we don't think it is very productive to look that
far ahead such as you are doing with polar cities....
Also, when it comes to global warming specifically, we think it is
exceedingly foolish to be more worried about global warming than
The latter is a disaster orders of magnitude worse, and just as
likely. For most of the past hundred thousand years, most of North
America was covered with ice - a mile thick over Chicago.
Finally, the mobility of seasteads means that they are far more
adaptable to global climate change in either direction, since entire
cities can move without anyone having to leave their homes. So the
work that we are doing on seasteads will, in the long-term, help
address climate change concerns.
Thus we prefer to focus entirely on seasteading, rather than helping
out projects such as yours. But we wish you the best of luck.
Posted by DANIELBLOOM at 7:20 PM