LIFE IN THE XXI CENTURY
   

MINI ALMANAC


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Moon phase


Highlights:

Norbert Wiener

IG-NOBEL 2005

The Da Vinci Code

Holy Blood, Holy Grail

The Solomon Key

NOBEL MEDICINE 2004

IG-NOBEL PRIZES
2004

The first email

Concerned Scientists write to Bush

Economics Nobel 2003

Chemistry Nobel 2003

Medicine Nobel 2003
Literature Nobel 2003

Physics Nobel 2003

Life on Mars ?
Rosalind Franklin and the Discovery of Double Helix

Good Bye Dolly
On Stonehenge
The Loss of Columbia
IG Nobel 2002
The invention of :-)
West Nile Virus
Asteroid Impact?
Molecule Hunt
Tuxedo Park
Ancient Trade Routes
Pop Singer to Fly In Space
Great Ideas

Computational Genomics

Bioinformatics


Baraka

The Universe in a Nutshell
Copenhagen, the Play
Count of Monte Cristo
Nobel Prize 2001
John Nash
Echelon
Kernel Methods

Ig-Nobel Prize
Einstein's Brain
Space Turism
Floating City
Mir's Blast
Origins
Great Books
Nobel Prize
In the mind of:
Serial Killers
The secret shuttle
Are we aliens?
Studying ET
Dinosaurs
Bonobo
Pattern Analysis
Early Vibrators
and Hysteria
The CYB.ORGs
among us
Book: Darwin
Book: Russell

 


Freedom Ship: the Floating City

Life on this planet could be very different very soon. The most basic of resources, space, will quickly run out as the exponential growth of the population continues.

In few decades, few centuries at most, overcrowding might force the inhabitants of Earth to devise new styles of life. Many focus on space colonization as a solution. But the most likely option is another one: the colonization of the oceans, and of the ocean beds.

In the same way in which space turism is already a serious business opportunity, also oceans colonization is at the moment a business. An idea of the scale of such projects can be obtained by examining the Freedom Ship project, a plan (well under way) for the construction of the first oceanic community, a proper floating city-state of up to 40 thousand people.

Attractive artwork and creative architecture will grace the ship. Parks and promenades will boast waterfalls, ponds, and extensive landscaping. Most levels will feature large saltwater aquariums. The shopping mall, one of the world's largest, will also be one of its most beautiful. Portions will be dedicated to individual countries, featuring culturally characteristic architectures. A 100-foot-wide main deck will lead to a marina at the stern. Over 200 acres of open area will be available for recreation and relaxation.

Freedom Ship's Primary Objectives are to:
- Provide a unique, traveling residential community, combining the amenities of a modern city with those of the finest resorts, in an attractive, stimulating, and secure environment.
- Create a vigorous commercial community whose privately owned and operated on board enterprises will sell their products and services world-wide and operate totally free of local taxes and duties.
- Establish the world's largest duty-free retail shopping mall and bring it to markets around the world with a steady and substantial stream of resident and visiting customers.


The sales brochure describes the project as follows:

"Envision an ideal place to live or run a business—a friendly, safe and secure community with large areas of open space and extensive entertainment and recreational facilities.
Imagine that this community levies no local taxes—no income tax, no real estate tax, no sales tax, no business tax, no import duties. Finally, picture this community continually moving around the world. You are beginning to understand Freedom Ship, a soon to be constructed, massive ocean-going vessel. With a length of 4,320 feet, a width of 725 feet, and a height of 340 feet, Freedom Ship will be one of the wonders of the world—a mobile modern city featuring luxurious living, a major world trade center, and an extensive duty-free international shopping mall.

Freedom Ship is not a cruise ship, but a fascinating and unique place to live, work, retire, vacation, or visit. The ship will continuously circle the globe, covering most of the world's coastal regions. Its large fleet of commuter aircraft and hydrofoils will ferry residents and visitors to and from shore.

The airport on the ship's top deck will serve private and small commercial aircraft (up to about 40 passengers). The vessel's superstructure, rising twenty-five stories above its broad main deck, will house residential space, a library, schools, and a first-class hospital in addition to retail and wholesale shops, banks, hotels, restaurants, entertainment facilities, casinos, offices, warehouses, and light manufacturing and assembly enterprises. Finally, a wide array of recreational and athletic facilities, worthy of a world class resort, will make Freedom Ship a veritable "Community on the Sea."
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As it circumnavigates the world, Freedom Ship will make a series of offshore stops, including exotic tropical islands accessible only by sea. These stops will provide the ship's residents and entrepreneurs with extensive and varied touring and business opportunities, and bring a continual stream of visitors onto to the ship to patronize its shops, restaurants, and entertainment facilities.

The ship will provide as many as 40,000 tourists to ports around the world. These cities and countries will eagerly anticipate this influx, as well as the major market the ship represents for local farmers, fishermen, and merchants. Stopover schedules will be based on business volume and touring popularity. Customers, merchants, businessmen, and residents will be able to utilize the ship's fleet of aircraft and hydrofoils, as well as commercial commuter airlines, to come and go from the ship even between stopovers.

 

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Improbable Research

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