Real Life version of Bioshock’s Utopian State


In the game Bioshock, an underwater society called Rapture was created to help the talented and super productive individuals escape political and financial oppression imposed by most existing societies.

Quoted from the game:

Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?

‘No,’ says the man in Washington, ‘it belongs to the poor.’
‘No,’ says the man in the Vatican, ‘it belongs to God.’
‘No,’ says the man in Moscow, ‘it belongs to everyone.’

I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose…

Rapture.

A city where the artist would not fear the censor,
where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality,
where the great would not be constrained by the small.

The premise of a utopian floating island city, and similar related concepts have been tried before, but so far they have been mostly unsuccessful. The big exception is the cruise ship industry which in many ways is already a successful, profitable, large scale floating society. However, it is heavily tourism focused and doesn’t generally house permanent residents.

Now, the vision of a permanent alternate society, unencumbered by the legacy of existing settlements is close to reality. The Seasteading Institute has gotten significant funding for it’s Poseidon Project.

It is curious how such a society would deliver all the traditional services of existing societies such as food, police, courts to resolve disputes, child care, health care, etc. It is even more curious to imagine the types of benefits such alternate societies may deliver: reduced ecological footprints, alternate transportation systems, or a wealthy elite that is free to fund more grandiose dream projects without the encumbrance of a parasitic welfare state.


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Oly on October 21st, 2010 [ 132130 Points ]

    I could see this type of thing happening in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for sure..
    In fact.. my brother works for the shiek.. Hmmmm
    I got a propsal to draw up

  2. #2 by Oly on October 21st, 2010 [ 132130 Points ]

    I asked my brother.. lol he texted me this

    Architectural Concept: Lilypad Floating City

    Water CityBy now, most of us have heard about the Island Cities being built in Dubai , but Inhabitat has just done a feature on a new concept by artist Vincent Callebaut for a self-sufficient floating city that will never have to face a problem about finding land to build on. The “Lilypad” would take advantage of all of today’s green technologies, including generating power from the sun, wind and water, and would produce zero emissions from its residents. Don’t expect to see construction on one of these anytime soon, but don’t be surprised if, like the Island Cities in Dubai , real estate starts branching out into the oceans in the next decade.

    http://www.hyd-masti.com/2009/03/dubai-lilypad-floating-city.html
    WOW

  3. #3 by Darrin on October 21st, 2010 [ 17143 Points ]

    that is really cool, oly. If they made these islands desirable enough, I’d want to move.

  4. #4 by L/L on October 22nd, 2010 [ 4782 Points ]

    Yeah, I remember a thing on probably the Discovery channel about what Oly mentioned. However living on or above water is getting a bit dated. It’s a pity we won’t be able to live under water properly until 2130 :/
    http://www.ps3blog.net/community/off-topic/baba-vanga/
    ;-]


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