Imagine most of the human population living on floating structures near the equator, using Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), Salt Water Air Conditioning (SWAC), aquaculture and hydroponics for food, desalinated water to drink, hydrogen and methane for fuel. All these things can be available in abundance in this hurricane free zone around the world.
Most natural disasters won’t be an issue, and storms will be limited in strength by the rotation of the earth. People could freely move their homes, businesses, and communities around as desired, redefining governance and borders. All the minerals from land exist in the ocean and can be mined through OTEC. Creating opportunities for marine life to thrive will reduce co2 in the atmosphere, and generally clean up existing pollutants in air and water.
Reducing dependence on land for food and housing allows nature to thrive, further benefiting the earth. Eventually, living on floating communities in the ocean will create so much abundance it will be nearly free to live, especially as land creation and food collection become automated.
Additionally, more possibilities for outer space open up with floating spaceports, space cannons, and eventually space elevators. High speed transportation on earth can go full circle around the equator with clean energy.
This might seem pretty utopian and futuristic, but the potential exists, and it isn’t far away. Simply creating a better life with more opportunity in the ocean compared to land, will cause people to come there and so create a better world.
Mike sees ocean development as a means to promote a sustainably abundant economy. The open ocean has the potential to supply sufficient energy, food, water, and industrial feedstocks for the entire planet while restoring the oceans to peak health. His background is in mechanical engineering from the aerospace, automotive, medical, and consumer products industries.His goal is to extend the cutting edge technology from these areas into the marine environment for permanent habitation and production.
Ben Silone has a personal mission to help our planet and its people. Growing up as a homeschooled student enabled him to pursue his educational interest in his natural environment and left him with a deep desire to never stop learning. Ben built his career around real estate and project management which has taken him all over the world, including relief and development efforts in Iraq, anti-piracy systems in Africa, and fighting human trafficking.