We like to think of America as the land of opportunity, open to anybody who wants to pursue the American dream. After all, the inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.” Unfortunately, the Statue of Liberty and current immigration laws don’t exactly see eye-to-eye, so a lot of people who want to enter America can’t always get a visa.
That’s why the company Blueseed wants to start up a visa-free floating city near Silicon Valley. The basic idea is that anybody can get in as long as they have some valuable ideas or services. Once they’re a short boat ride from the coast of California, they can trade their services and expertise with Americans to eventually earn a green card.
Despite the fact that the inhabitants will be extremely isolated with no chance to visit the mainland, life on the “Googleplex of the sea” doesn’t sound half bad. Inhabitants can enjoy unlimited access to the Internet, the gym, cafes, medical facilities, and other forms of entertainment.
Blueseed plans to develop alternate waste disposal and energy solutions to make the floating city as sustainable as possible. But with all of the devoted workers hanging out in this drifting think tank, maybe a few of them will come up with some brilliant ideas.
While you may have to share a room with up to 3 others, the projected rent for the googleplex is a meager $1,200, which actually isn’t all that far off from what you’d expect from an apartment in San Francisco.
Blueseed’s floating city will hold some rather interesting implications for the future of immigration laws. Floating cities do naturally raise the issue of citizenship and territorial lines, and Blueseed’s structure is bound to get America and quite a few other countries engaged in rhetoric about life in aquatic cities.