What does it take to get 1,000 floating countries to set sail upon the oceans of planet earth? The Seasteading Institute (TSI) is an ambitious organization that wants to foster such platforms of innovation to apply the same entrepreneurial spirit of high tech to the high seas. This podcast features an interview with the director of business strategy for TSI, Max Marty. He steps off the edge with me and to cover a wide range of ocean living logistical issues including where could seasteads operate, how to foster a community of them, pirates, viable business models for floating cities, and where to draw the line between self-sufficiency and specialization. With the impact of humanities’ industrial scale lifestyle showing damage to planetary symptoms that only the most devout skeptic can continue to ignore, the climate change scales could soon tip so heavily that living on the high seas of this planet would become not a luxury but a necessity. Enjoy this episode to find out what sorts of innovation on the ocean are on the horizon!
- EconTalk Podcast – Where Max first learned of Seasteading in 2008.
- Patri Friedman – The philosophy of seasteading and the goals of TSI.
- The various legal components of international waters.
- Competing forces: Economic efficiency of scale vs minimum viable product
- Technology and policy approaches to fostering a community of seasteads for the future.
- Live Free or Drown: Floating Utopias on the Cheap – Wired Magazine article on TSI from Jan 2009.
- Pirates and the practicality of place
- Sink or Swim – Business case competition for seasteads
- Where to draw the line between self-sufficiency and specialiazation?
- Bitcoin – P2P Virtual Currency (including Google involvement)
- The Magellen Network, The Reason Cruise and other ways in which TSI puts donations to work.
- The Rational Optomist
- Island Home by Oka
- How can it be so wrong by The Joynt
- Ship of Fools by Ceili Moss
- Reaching Forward by Those Dancing Days
- The shortest and least painful SotE theme song yet
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