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From ecological co-operative housing to repurposing shipping containers for use as floating student housing, there is no shortage of innovative housing ideas. Perhaps most innovative was the Seasteading Institute's 2008 proposal to build artificial floating islands in the middle of the ocean, as a place free of heavy handed government interference. The project quickly attracted financial backing from venture capitalists such as Peter Thiel. However, after six years, it failed to bring in enough investment to build a safe and self-sustaining society in the ocean. According to Seasteading Institutes’ recent vision statement, “The high cost of open ocean engineering serves…

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