Podcast: Free Cities, Former Navy Officer Interviews Seasteader


(joequirk) #1

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Talk about a surprising conversation! This Free Cities podcast starts with a former Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy interviewing Joe Quirk, then the roles switch and Joe interviews him. He tells harrowing stories about mine-sweeping for the navy. Joe talks about aquapreneurs currently working to develop 3D-printed upside-down seascrapers.

As a former engineering officer, Anthony asks: How will seasteads deal with waves? What materials will seasteads be made of? What industries could pay for the cost of seasteads? Can seasteads provide better healthcare for the US? What about the developing world?

Anthony Caprio, besides his former role as a Surface Warfare Officer on an mine countermeasures ship, has been a headmaster of a private grade school, and a project manager for a large electrical power generation company. He’s a writer for The Daily Anarchist and Liberty.me, author of several articles including “Maritime Defense.”

Anthony grew up on a cattle ranch, narrates audiobooks, and is a 3D printer hobbyist. He and his wife are raising three amazing kids.

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This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://www.seasteading.org/2016/01/podcast-free-cities-former-navy-officer-interviews-seasteader/

(Wilfried Ellmer) #4

Topics touched in the interview:

  • seasteads as ultimate startups
  • six californias to break up and float away
  • variation and selection is recipe for progress | evolutionary process |
  • cruise ships floating city model
  • i could not belive how they get it working 3000 passengers hundred times more efficient than the navy
  • difference of market driven and government driven
  • maritime defence - private is better - first hand experience
  • hands tied problem
  • an admiral can not change a bad generator in practice | decentralized power |
  • tragedy of the commons - bad committment - neglecting - lack of competition - ownership - feedback mechanism
  • private oceanic network outcompeting the navy in its core business protection (piracy)
  • cement structures hold centuries in seawater (romans) geopolymer binders
  • Ballard flip ship
  • high up / deep down as possible building strategy | draupner | building methods |
  • 3 D printing of structures | fast development
  • sea shells | cellular shell building |
  • cost per square meter - average
  • Neil Sims - fish farming - partnering
  • if there is business to do - first cities will follow | business aspects of seasteading |
  • health market dissatisfied americans | cayman islands | shetty | floating health centers
  • outcompete US healthcare sistem
  • seasteads can put antiquated government services out of business
  • mercy ships attend millions
  • floating structures Prelude technical challenge can be solved
  • confluence of different technologies (3 D print | nano | info tech | ) stronger lighter materials
  • code structures become obsolete | beyond code structures |

@joequirk - great interview - congrats !


(George Hawirko) #5

Amazing to hear that “Contracts” can actually hold back progress and possibly success overall. The Construction Industry is in a similar situation of slipping sideways because we depend on large Corporations to steer future development and get products that cause more problems than intended. Example, today we Build and Furnish our Homes with the latest advances whitch include the FACT that you might have less than 3 minutes to escape a House Fire, that’s progress and PROFIT gone wild. Constant review by regulation seems to fail in general. more: http://bit.ly/1Jb2jKv