Blueseed Offshore Floating Corporation Ready By 2014
The Blueseed project is a ship that would anchor about 12 miles from Silicon Valley. In international waters, it would allow tech employees to live and work close to the US startup companies that need their help.
(From Blueseed concept)
- Comfortable living quarters accommodating one to four individuals per room
- Catering and food services at cafes and 24-hour venues around the ship
- Recreational facilities including a full service gym, game rooms, and other entertainment venues
- A comfortable and inspiring environment enriched by international experiences and lifestyles
Conveniences of modern life
- Customizable individual or group office space in a variety of size and furnishing configurations
- A professional environment that is conducive to creative, innovative, and stress-free productivity
- Cost-effective, modern, simplified legal and business environment with low overhead
- Ship-wide high-speed Internet access
- Peace of mind including 24-hour security, concierge, and medical services
- On-board convenience stores and post office
- Convenient access to the SF Bay Area
- Ferry and other access services for onboard foreign national clients or US domestic commuters
The Blueseed ship is expected to be ready for occupancy by 2014; one of the concept vessels is shown above.
There are probably earlier examples, but I'm reminded of the floating island corporations from Larry Niven's 2000 novel Saturn's Race:
Xanadu was the second of the Floating Island chain of independent international corporate entities. Ultimately they would be strung along the world's equator; new islands bringing life to a watery desert. Six of the islands were in place, two as mere skeletons. From the air they looked a little like lily pads, a little like snowflakes five kilometers in diameter. Counting ponds and water recreation areas, the farms and breakwaters, each enclosed an area closer to forty square kilometers.
In time, Blueseed ships may become data havens, offshore server farms that maintain data outside of our national datanets, as envisioned in Bruce Sterling's 1988 novel Islands in the Net.
Via Tom's Guide and see also the Blueseed website.
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