By now you probably realize that Peter, Kevin, and I are more than ready to burn our terrestrial dwellings down in favor of living among sea creatures in some oceanic utopia. Peter and I have discussed several options for this.
To our list of potential inhabitable salty structures comes a new venture from Peter Thiel. Thiel is founder of PayPal, a Google Engineer, and a former programmer for Sun Microsystems. With $500,000 of his money, The Seasteading Institute has been launched dedicated to “creating experimental ocean communities with diverse social, political, and legal systems.” As Wired puts it, “A permanent, quasi-sovereign nation floating in international waters.”
Plans are for a prototype, a seastead, in San Francheezy Bay by 2010. You can read the full Seastead Manifesto by Patri Friedman and Wayne Gramlich, founders of the institute.