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World's First Floating City
Innovation Island for You
The world's first floating city project is underway. Non-profit think tank Seasteading Institute and the government of French Polynesia are spearheading the project. They've signed an MOU and a deliberative launch process is now happening. The floating city will be sited in waters off Tahiti. It will be autonomous, with its own government and cryptocurrency, the Vargon. The host nation is French Polynesia. It will include residences, hotels, restaurants, offices, medical research facilities, aquaculture farms and a green powerplant. They're designing the island to foster innovation. Estimated project cost: $167 million with construction expected to start in 2019.
Island Adventure in Paradise: Environmentally Correct and No Politicians
This is PayPal founder Peter Thiel's island adventure that started a dozen years ago and is now becoming a reality. Thiel co-created Seasteading Institute and provided seed money for it. There's a philosophical and environmental foundation driving this concept. It originally was conceived as a Libertarian Utopian Island with its own government, uncontrolled by existing nations. That autonomy remains with the Institute's hope that the island will start "to liberate humanity from politicians." The Institute also believe that the world needs to look toward the ocean for innovative solutions to rising sea levels, climate change, booming populations and poor governance. Their floating city is designed to address all of these pressing global needs for their residents.
Island Living with a Price Tag
Construction funding is being crowd-sourced by creating and selling a virtual currency. They hope to raise $60 million by 2020 to build a dozen buildings. They plan a foundation network of 11 platforms of reinforced concrete, capable of supporting 3 story buildings. Seasteading hopes to locate the floating island in shallow waters of the Pacific behind a reef break so they can design floating platforms at an affordable cost.
Floating Island with Mixed Use
The project includes 300 residences - all green and environmentally correct. They're targeting markets for residents, tourism, aquaculture, business parks, research institutes and a powerplant that would sell energy and water to the host nation. An independent company Blue Frontier will develop and construct the floating island and operate its sea zone. Seasteading Institute expects "a fresh start on the floating community by 2020." No pricing for the residences in paradise is listed yet on the website. But the Institute hopes there will be thousands of floating cities by 2050.
Robot, Cut My Lawn Source: Husqvarna Mowers Robo Mowers Powered by Batteries - No Gas It's at the top of my robotic wish list. A robot lawn mower. No astronomical bills and upselling from lawn service companies. Just a nicely cut lawn and no hassles. Innovation seems to be knocking at the front door with news on robotic mowers. Green Robots at the Cutting Edge There's a slew of new robot mowers. Models include Worx Landroid for smaller lawns, Honda that cuts and feeds lawns, Robomow for all-purpose mowing and Husqvarna that's loaded with cell & GPS tech. These mowers aren't cheap. Prices range from $1000 to $3500. They're powered by rechargeable batteries so they're quiet. You pay more for online enhancements. And, if your lawn is loaded with trees and hills, your robot mower is going to be a lot more expensive. Grass Vacuums Robot mowers look a lot like big robot vacuums such as iRobot's Roomba. They roam and groom your lawn. Their
Amazon Book Promotion Source: Amazon Special Deep Discount for a Limited Time I'm pleased to announce that Kindle and Amazon are beginning a promotion on journalist Edward Kane's book "SPACE 2020's: WHAT'S UP THERE?". Starting May 27 through May 30, the book goes on sale for $3.99. That is a deep discount off the regular price of $6.99. And, on May 31 through June 2 8AM PDT, it will be selling for $4.99. It then returns to its regular price of $6.99 Great Deals on a Great Resource If you enjoy learning about WHAT'S UP THERE? in space, you'll love the book and find it a great resource on the top space missions and very recent space discoveries of the 2020's. Here's a link for access to the book ASIN: B087DV4DZ6 And for access to Ed's Amazon Author's Page, click here amazon.com/author/ekane I co-authored the books with Ed. ... ...
New Invention: Tablet Toothpaste "Change Toothpaste" Source: Change Toothpaste Potentially Cuts 900 Million Plastic Toothpaste Tube Throwaways Per Year Tubes of toothpaste aren't something you think about but their impact on the global environment is hugely negative. 900 million toothpaste tubes are discarded into oceans and landfills globally every year. Importantly, it takes 500 years for them to breakdown, which means virtually every toothpaste tube created is still discarded someplace in the world. And, the tubes, which contain multiple layers of plastic, polymers and resins, can't be recycled. A company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta Canada just came up with a solution in the form of tablet toothpaste. "Paste with No Waste" Entrepreneurs Mike Medicoff and Damien Vince are the inventors and founders of CHANGE Toothpaste. Their tablet toothpaste is an all natural vegan substance that works just like toothpaste but has no harsh chemic