Seasteading Conference Video Online

After reading an article about a new Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) initiative, I thought back to the off-grid Seasteading project, started by one of PayPal’s founders.

In their new book in progress, Seasteading: A Practical Guide to Homesteading the High Seas, by Patri Friedman, Wayne Gramlich, and Andrew House, under a section called “Technological Realism,” there’s the following about OTEC systems:

“Several potential ventures [Savage1992, Celestopea, Nexus] have focused on the combination of two problematic technologies: OTEC and seacrete, which we feel exemplify the unrealistic “science-fiction” approach to floating cities.”

“OTEC, or Ocean Thermal Electric Conversion, is a technique to generate energy from the temperature difference between warm surface water and the cold depths. Unfortunately there is little practical experience with the technology, and it scales down very poorly. It’s a promising technology for the future, perhaps for governments soon, but not at all applicable to small ventures now. Some projects have treated OTEC as practically free energy for ocean cities, when it is quite expensive indeed. We discuss it further in our Infrastructure - Power section.”

Disc one with 2 hours and 23 minutes of Seasteading conference video and disc two, duration 1 hours and 38 minutes.

“Seasteading ‘08 conference, October 10, 2008 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Burlingame, CA. Speakers include Patri Friedman, Chris Rasch, Wayne Gramlich, Gayle Karen Young, Alexis Aubalt, and Vince Cate.”

Disc one embedded:

Disc two embedded:

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