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September 9th, 2008 - Open Knowledge

Sep. 9th, 2008

10:34 am - Seasteading ‘08: Vote with your house

Wanna hang out with cool engineers? Learn how to build a home you can move anywhere in the world? Change your government for the better by voting with your house? Then come to the Seasteading ‘08 conference! Please feel free to re-post the press release below anywhere you think it would be welcome. Your blog. Your friend’s blogs. On flyers at school. Billboards.

Skywriting!

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Register here:

http://movement.meetup.com/72/calendar/8606039/

The day after the conference there will be a kayaking trip at Waldo Point:

http://movement.meetup.com/72/calendar/8606148/

…followed by dinner at the Forbes Island Floating Restaurant:

http://movement.meetup.com/72/calendar/8618558/

Note you don’t have to register for the conference to attend the post-conference events. There will also be regular informal social gatherings for people interested in seasteading:

http://movement.meetup.com/72/calendar/8522320/

Chris

For Immediate Release:

Vote With Your House

Mountain View, CA, August 18th, 2008.

If the Seasteading Institute has its way, you will soon be able to relocate your house–or even your entire town–as easily as you move your car.

“We are going to build permanent floating settlements on the ocean. The first prototype will likely be built in the sheltered waters of the San Francisco Bay, but future designs will be capable of withstanding open ocean conditions.” says Patri Friedman, founder of the Mountain View based non-profit. The Institute recently received some substantial backing for their approach, in the form of a $500,000 grant from Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel.

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10:40 am - Seasteading ‘08: Beat High Housing Costs - On the High Seas!

For immediate release:

Beat High Housing Costs - On the High Seas!

Mountain View, CA, August 18th, 2008.

Despite the recent downturn in real estate, the cost of a new home in many parts of the country remains beyond the reach of many people. For example, the median home price in the San Francisco Bay area hovers around half a million dollars. The Seasteading Institute, a new non-profit (*) based in Mountain View, CA hopes to reduce housing costs in a unique fashion — by promoting the colonization of the oceans.

“Building houses in the U.S. is heavily regulated, so the supply of new housing grows very slowly. As a result, the price of housing remains high.” said Seasteading Institute founder Patri Friedman. A study by University of Washington economics professor Theo Eicher found that between 1989 and 2006, the median inflation-adjusted price of a Seattle house more than doubled from $221,000 to $447,800. According to that study, fully $200,000 of that increase was the result of land-use regulations.

“There is plenty of room on the ocean, and by building there we can avoid the costs imposed by zoning and land-use regulation. Seasteads can be built anywhere in the world, then towed into place, so we can save costs by hiring third-world labor, while benefiting poor countries. Floating homes are also protected against rising oceans from global warming.”

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