The future sure is going to be an interesting place. We might never have to drive again thanks to Google's self-driving cars, and in a few years we will have a colony on Mars. MARS! But that's not the only new place we could be living. That is, if billionaire and PayPal founder Peter Thiel has his way.
Thiel is the main investor with the Seasteading Institute, an organization that has created a concept for a floating, autonomous city-state, located on international waters.
You see, the Seasteading Institute's mission is to fed the hungry, enrich the poor, cure the sick, clean the atmosphere, restore the oceans, live in balance with nature, stop war and power civilian sustainability. The proposed floating island would cover just a few of those bases.
In theory, the cities would accommodate the need for extra living space as the human population rises, as well as offer a new type of government and changing international relations as we know them. The cities would act as floating puzzle pieces, with "floaters" being able to connect to other panels at will.
The concept is based on 11 models and would cost an estimated $167 million and would be home to around 225 to 300 full-time residents.
See some of the images below, courtesy of the Seasteading Institute, for an idea about what these floating cities could look like:
Fascinated and want to know more? What this video from Seasteading Institute spokesperson Joe Quirk, who details the initiative and everything else you need know about this concept.
What do you think? Will we be living in free-floating city-states in a few short years? Let me know by posting in the comments below.