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An independent nation could soon be floating on the ocean and be devoid of any government or politics. The man who founded the payment service PayPal, Peter Theil, is throwing his funds behind this new community, which could be up and floating within three years.

 

It would be based near Tahiti in the Pacific Ocean and would operate within its own laws (a bit like Blackpool on a Friday night).

 

The concept is being developed by non-profit organisation Seasteading Institute, which hopes to 'liberate humanity from politicians'. The group reckons it will need about $60million (£45million) to build the city and have it ready by 2020.

 

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The non-government initiative has been approved by the French Polynesian government and work is underway to ensure it can have its own trade laws. The Daily Mail explains that the tiny collection of islands is interested in the project as their livelihoods are being threatened by rising sea levels.

 

Seasteading Institue presdent Joe Quirk has told the New York Times he got his inspiration from an

unlikely source: Burning Man Festival. The annual, week-long gathering in the Nevada desert exposed him to a society that makes its own rules.

 

"Anyone who goes to Burning Man multiple times becomes fascinated by the way that rules don't observe their usual parameters," he said.

 

He reckons a floating city will break the shackles of the ordinary man or woman and allow them to live their lives as they want. Quirk added: "Governments just don't get better. They're stuck in previous centuries. That's because land incentivises a violent monopoly to control it."

 

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Quirk is hoping this will be the start of the floating city revolution and expects there to be hundreds of them by 2050. They'll all have restaurants, hotels, offices and homes. It's hard to tell what laws will be prescribed on the islands and whether they'll also have their own fire and police departments as well as hospitals.

 

However, Quirk said: "The more people moving among [the floating cities], the more choices we'll have and the more likely it is we can have peace prosperity and innovation."

 

Could this be a utopia or a recipe for disaster?

 

 

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I think it's the future. 71% of earth is covered by water and let's be honest we're running out of space...

 

Definitely something people will explore the possibilities off but be a long time before you got me on something like that lol.

 

I just have a horrible image of a crazy storm smashing everything together or just some mega waves.

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Definitely something people will explore the possibilities off but be a long time before you got me on something like that lol.

 

I just have a horrible image of a crazy storm smashing everything together or just some mega waves.

I think nature will always be a threat to humanity that can't be avoided. Waves, earthquakes and asteroids all unpreventable.

 

 

Heard about the nazca whale that was discovered in a desert? Where is that thread? :)

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I think nature will always be a threat to humanity that can't be avoided. Waves, earthquakes and asteroids all unpreventable.

Heard about the nazca whale that was discovered in a desert? Where is that thread? :)

Hmmmm... you haven’t seen Armageddon yet have you?

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They think they will only need £45 million to build it

 

Not an engineer or anything but I bet that big circle around it would cost more than 10 times that itself lol

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They think they will only need £45 million to build it

 

Not an engineer or anything but I bet that big circle around it would cost more than 10 times that itself lol

Shhhh. Let those poor morons have their dream of tsunami island.

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I think it's the future. 71% of earth is covered by water and let's be honest we're running out of space...

We are nowhere near running out of space, it's just that people want to live together. It's something like 50/50 in America of occupied and unoccupied land.

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We are nowhere near running out of space, it's just that people want to live together. It's something like 50/50 in America of occupied and unoccupied land.

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We are nowhere near running out of space, it's just that people want to live together. It's something like 50/50 in America of occupied and unoccupied land.

Maybe where you live ever been to China, India or Japan. Americans always think they're all of earth. 50 more years almost doubles 7 billion people. Then we talk.

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Maybe where you live ever been to China, India or Japan. Americans always think they're all of earth. 50 more years almost doubles 7 billion people. Then we talk.

 

 

Maybe you and me wont talk you old **** :) but facts world pop will be at 12 billion in 2075

 

Let the population quadruple.  We still won't be close to running out of land.  

 

I mean, is this really a debate?

 

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Maybe you and me wont talk you old **** :) but facts world pop will be at 12 billion in 2075

There is enough empty space on earth for 40 billion. Resources will run out, but not land.

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There is enough empty space on earth for 40 billion. Resources will run out, but not land.

This.  I seriously can't believe we are having this conversation.  

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There is enough empty space on earth for 40 billion. Resources will run out, but not land.

1/4 of earth is unsuitable for living. We live on the other 3/4(29% Land mass) of earths small habitable Land. Humans have the gift of surving anywhere with enough resources but Europe is already full. It won't take long until it's like Japan in Europe 30 years maybe. Africa has a lot of space yet you can't live there cause its mostly desert and jungle it's actually safer to live in Antarctica than in some places in Africa. Russia has a lot of space left but they won't give it to anyone but themselves. You also can't destroy anymore rainforests for space we need to breath something... now how much space is left? I didn't even mention the space you need for new resources for 12billion people yet. Going to water is the best option for our planet, therefore the best place for us.

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1/4 of earth is unsuitable for living. We live on the other 3/4(29% Land mass) of earths small habitable Land. Humans have the gift of surving anywhere with enough resources but Europe is already full. It won't take long until it's like Japan in Europe 30 years maybe. Africa has a lot of space yet you can't live there cause its mostly desert and jungle it's actually safer to live in Antarctica than in some places in Africa. Russia has a lot of space left but they won't give it to anyone but themselves. You also can't destroy anymore rainforests for space we need to breath something... now how much space is left? I didn't even mention the space you need for new resources for 12billion people yet. Going to water is the best option for our planet, therefore the best place for us.

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1/4 of earth is unsuitable for living. We live on the other 3/4(29% Land mass) of earths small habitable Land. Humans have the gift of surving anywhere with enough resources but Europe is already full. It won't take long until it's like Japan in Europe 30 years maybe. Africa has a lot of space yet you can't live there cause its mostly desert and jungle it's actually safer to live in Antarctica than in some places in Africa. Russia has a lot of space left but they won't give it to anyone but themselves. You also can't destroy anymore rainforests for space we need to breath something... now how much space is left? I didn't even mention the space you need for new resources for 12billion people yet. Going to water is the best option for our planet, therefore the best place for us.

 

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150901-is-the-world-running-out-of-space

 

People are moving in to cities, not spreading out:

 

 

 

In 1930, just 30% of the world’s population lived in cities, compared to about 55% today. By 2050, however, about two-thirds will be based in urban areas.

 

If the article is tl;dr then this quote should sum it up:

 

 

 

None of this, however, means that we will run out of actual space to live. Around half of the world’s land currently holds around 2% of the planet’s population, whereas only about 3% of total land supports more than half of humanity. 
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Keep telling me how full my continent is from your country... on the other side of earth.

And? 

 

Living in another country doesn't mean that you can't use critical thinking skills and do a little research and then state fact.  

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http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150901-is-the-world-running-out-of-space

 

People are moving in to cities, not spreading out:

 

 

If the article is tl;dr then this quote should sum it up:

These are facts in case you were wondering what facts were. You should change your name to Finishgradeschool. Edited by SmoothCriminal
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And?

 

Living in another country doesn't mean that you can't use critical thinking skills and do a little research and then state fact.

He says from another continent, when he's never left his own friggin country. LEL
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It was posted in the Internet so it must be true... yet you have countries like Japan that have doubled their population in the last 50 years from 80mill to 130mill make it 200mill in another 30 years. China even tripled it. This happens faster than people think. We're lucky that Africa is for the most part so ****ing poor. Sucks for those kids there, but its good for us. And that's the truth nobody wants to hear.

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He says from another continent, when he's never left his own friggin country. LEL

Do you ever say something that is close ton truth.

 

Sober can't even math I remember when that guy was asking for math help online lmao get out my face with your BBC facts.

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Do you ever say something that is close ton truth.

 

Sober can't even math I remember when that guy was asking for math help online lmao get out my face with your BBC facts.

You can't even grammar.

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Do you ever say something that is close ton truth.

 

Sober can't even math I remember when that guy was asking for math help online lmao get out my face with your BBC facts.

I'm astounded. I figured you'd be all about some BBC in your face.
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The entire middle of our country in uninhabited. Same in Canada. There's hours and hours of driving with wide open plains.

America is not the center of earth. I'm talking world wide idiot. But what can I expect from a guy who spends 25 hrs a day in a forum

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It was posted in the Internet so it must be true... yet you have countries like Japan that have doubled their population in the last 50 years from 80mill to 130mill make it 200mill in another 30 years. China even tripled it. This happens faster than people think. We're lucky that Africa is for the most part so **** poor. Sucks for those kids there, but its good for us. And that's the truth nobody wants to hear.

Yes, why admit when you have no idea what you are talking about when you can double down and make even more asinine statements and deflect by making a completely irrelevant comment about poor people in Africa?

 

Who is more credible? A random teenager's blathering or an article from a well-respected media source?  

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I've seen more of the planet than you will have when you die, Junior.

 

North America is part of the planet. But so is Africa, which is also wiiiide open.

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Do you ever say something that is close ton truth.

 

Sober can't even math I remember when that guy was asking for math help online lmao get out my face with your BBC facts.

Oh please.  

 

I've got a 96% in my math class and got a perfect 100% on the last exam which was the only perfect score out of all of the classes my teacher teaches.  I think I can "math" just fine.  

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I'll help you out FinishHim.

 

I think what you're trying to say is that cities are overpopulated and becoming more populated by the day. Nobody is disagreeing with that. As a matter of fact we probably all think that.

 

However, cities make up a minute part of a country's land mass. Go out into the sticks every now and again and see how much land is available with literally nothing for miles on end.

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Oh please.  

 

I've got a 96% in my math class and got a perfect 100% on the last exam which was the only perfect score out of all of the classes my teacher teaches.  I think I can "math" just fine.

 

I don't think so... cause it's not the first time you're asking for help, "buddy". Whatever, if you trust "CNN AND BBC internet sources" and "other news" for your arguments then you're lost.

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I don't think so... cause it's not the first time you're asking for help, "buddy". Whatever, if you trust "CNN AND BBC internet sources" and "other news" for your arguments then you're lost.

BBC is a liberal rag you mental midget.  If it was Fox News you might have a point, but it isn't.  

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I'll help you out FinishHim.

I think what you're trying to say is that cities are overpopulated and becoming more populated by the day. Nobody is disagreeing with that. As a matter of fact we probably all think that.

However, cities make up a minute part of a country's land mass. Go out into the sticks every now and again and see how much land is available with literally nothing for miles on end.

You do not get it. You can't just build new cities into deserts and other land that fast. First it takes time, second it costs money which most countries do the have... this isn't sim city dummy.

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BBC is a liberal rag you mental midget.  If it was Fox News you might have a point, but it isn't.

 

Mental midget lmao you look like a gnome next to TSU and about your mental state check my signature I haven't changed it.

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