Meet the pioneering minds of seasteading. The visionaries, the technologists, the entrepreneurs, the architects, the mariners, the engineers – the bold, forward thinking people who will improve humanity and the planet by establishing floating cities, where we are free to experiment with new means of living together on the blue frontier.
Summer Break for Seasteading Today Podcast
Seasteading Socials are on Summer Break, but you can let us know what topics to present when we come back!
Algae to Disrupt the Supply Chain
Elliot Roth, Founder of Spira, Inc, is developing algae to make changes to our global supply chain.
Elliot first discovered the nutritional benefits of algae when he was short on cash and looked up how NASA feeds their astronauts. With his background in bioengineering and genetics, his need for easy protein grew into a desire to revolutionize the global supply chain to be less extractive, and grow resources from biological organisms.
We talk about building toward a utopian vision of the future. For Elliot, that vision includes localizing the supply chain to reclaim the means of production.
We also talk about how the algae blooms and sargassum, which are currently huge problems in Florida, could be resources to treat wastewater and also provide materials for food or to plastics or rubber.
Super Slime Me Diet, support Elliot's experiment and track his progress here.
Eating like a Seasteader Video Series
Elliot’s DIY Guide for biohacking
Get your sample pack of algae pigments from Spira, Inc.
Ecotopia Book Club
Water Treatment Discussion with Colin Lennox
Colin Lennox, CEO of Settling Seas, a subsidiary of EcoIslands LLC, joins us to talk about using biological processes for breaking down waste to produce fresh drinking water and reclaim resources on the high seas.
Settling Seas’ wetlands-in-a-box, called Self-Organizing Wetland Bioreactors (SOWBs) function as the ecological hub for seasteads of any size. They up-cycle human, food, and crop waste in saline and/or sweetwater wetland reactors, capturing precious iron, manganese, nitrogen, and methane for aquaponics, energy, and other in-situ resource utilization (ISRU).
Unlike on land where nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are the limiting nutrients to plant growth, ocean ecosystems are limited by the lack of metals. The SOWBs are essentially the keystone to ocean permaculture, capturing and concentrating scarce resources into a permanent living, mobile ecosystem.
Join us as we talk about how seasteads may clean the surrounding waters, taking lessons from Colin’s experience working with mushroom farm wastewater cycling and coal mining reclamation.
Audio editing by Lyka Sherylle Mae Rambac.
Phillips Wastewater Treatment Process Diagram
Colin’s presentation on Wetland Cycling from February 2022
draw.io - free tool for planning out your water system
Catching up with Brendon Traxler of ASC
Brendon Traxler, founder of Atlantis Sea Colony (ASC) gives us an update in this episode of the podcast, recorded from our March 2023 Seasteading Social.
Brendon explains their strategy for using a shipping container as the base structure for their underwater habitat design and their plan to use a rock quarry to test out the prototype.
We talk about how to keep focus on accomplishing a goal over many years, keeping hope alive.
Later in the conversation, we are joined by Pete Abrams of Plasticrete to talk about "floating over fighting” and his project using plastic to build floating structures.
Thank you to Lyka Sherylle Mae Rambac for audio editing
ASC Discord server
Biomedical engineer and U.S. Navy veteran spends 100 days underwater
On February 4, 2023, we hosted a Seasteading Social about Micronations in our Discord channel with guest speakers were Taz Riot, founder of Freeport, and Jan Spiekermann, co-founder of Ethos Island.
**The speakers represent their own views and not the views of The Seasteading Institute.**
Taz Riot formed Freeport in 2016 and followed international procedure to announce it to the UN. Freeport helped provide humanitarian aid to Sierra Leone during an Ebola virus outbreak, working with NGOs is a way to be recognized as a micronation by the UN.
Jan Spiekermann holds the title of Knight of the Order of the Melting Mountain, Grand Duchy of Flandrensis. Flandrensis is an environmental nonprofit organization that uses micronationalism to raise awareness for climate change and Antarctica.
Micronations have some autonomy but not necessarily sovereignty. They build parallel structures to existing nations. Micronations can have varying recognition from the UN. Microstate or city state is the name for something like a micronation that does have recognition from the UN.
The guests and participants talk about the strategy of forming a micronation for seasteads, Rose Island, and Sealand.
Audio editing by Lyka Sherylle Mae Rambac.
Catching up with Ben Silone of ArkTide
Season 5 of the Seasteading Today Podcast will be a little different. Our monthly Seasteading Social events have been hosted on Zoom and posted on YouTube for a couple years. Each Social featuresh a guest speaker to talk about their work that is related to seasteading. This year, we moved those events to the TSI Discord Server and are recording them for this podcast. Unfortunately, the audio quality of these first two episodes is a little rough, but the conversations are inspiring, so I hope you’ll enjoy them anyway! Future episodes will have much cleaner audio.
In January 2023, we talked with Ben Silone, CEO and Co-founder of Arktide, about the Domestead project. Why is Puerto Rico an ideal place to start a Seastead company? Why did they change the design from a single-family structure to a 100-meter dome? We take questions from the audience. Ben explains how minerals available in seawater can potentially be used in 3D printing. Ben invites seasteaders to move to Puerto Rico to help with supervising and publicizing the build of their platform. Ben's goal is to allow a group of 10 people to be able to buy a platform.
See pictures of the Arktide design on the # Arktide channel of our Discord server.
Audio editing by Jie Flowers.
Join our next Seasteading Social event at seasteading.org/events.
Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)
Atlas Island, another one of our Active Projects
Good medium for the message
Seasteading is a doing-rather-than-talking movement, but this podcast focuses on the "doing," so even though it's talking, it's talking-about-the-doing.
Highly motivating, and make me want to go do something!g