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Will oil-rig-style ocean colonies or "seasteads" create the next generation of societies?

Will oil-rig-style ocean colonies or "seasteads" create the next generation of societies?

Seasteading: Are Independent Floating Micro-Nations The Next Big Wave? Images: Seasteading Institute Seasteads -- offshore, oil-rig-style 'micro-countries' built out in the ocean, outside the laws of land-based nations -- are making the news again, thanks to a $1.25 million investment boost last week by PayPal founder and tech billionaire Peter Thiel. Supporters of seasteading believe that conventional laws and politics are too restrictive for true innovation, and consider these conceptual city-states as a fast-track alternative to developing the societies they want. But is this futuristic vision the way to cutting-edge self-governance or is it potentially dystopic? View the entire comment thread.

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