Seasteading Part 2: Market Applications

By: Shafer Higgins, Cheyenne Keeler, and Alexia Coston

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The prior blog post explained the overall concept and goal of seasteading. This blog post examines several specific potential applications. Market applications for seasteading are practically unexplored, but several initial models for the benefits of sea-based living are quietly taking shape. We highlight two use cases, a floating special economic zone and mobile floating infrastructure. They involve taking advantage of the freedom, flexibility, and mobility afforded by seasteading.

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Seasteading Part 1: Technology Overview

By: Shafer Higgins, Cheyenne Keeler, and Alexia Coston

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Concept

“Seasteading” is a term that was originally coined by author Ken Neumeyer in his 1981 book Sailing the Farm and it stems from the movement of homesteading. Seasteading refers to “building politically independent cities that float on the ocean”.  In 2008, Patri Freidman founded The Seasteading Institute, “a nonprofit think-tank working to provide a machinery of freedom to choose new societies on the blue frontier based on the notion that the most successful floating cities can inspire change around the world”.  The Institute has become the main driver of the seasteading movement and sees seasteading as the solution for ecological disasters such as rising water levels, flooding, and overpopulation. In this series of three blog posts, we will cover seasteading’s progress, benefits, market applications, and barriers to success.

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Overview of Neurotechnology

By Thea Levinson & Aspen Runkel

Neurotechnology Overview

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Neurotechnologies are those technologies that deal with nerves or the nervous system (neuro). A simple Wikipedia summary describes neurotechnology as “any technology that has a fundamental influence on how people understand the brain and various aspects of consciousness, thought, and higher order activities in the brain.  It includes technologies that are designed to improve and repair brain function and allow researchers and clinicians to visualize the brain.” The field of neurotechnology has been around for nearly half a century but has reached maturity only in the last twenty years. The advent of brain imaging revolutionized the field, allowing researchers to directly monitor the brain’s activities during experiments.

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Concussions: Exploring Preventative Technological Solutions to an Epidemic

By Anthony Adams & Andrea Bowman
University of Montana, College of Business, Fall 2017

Often made analogous to war, the game of football is as stereotypically American as it gets: massive humans slamming into one another at breakneck speeds in an animalistic display of pure will, size, and physicality. Players of the sport are revered for their toughness and tenacity, both mentally and physically. The nature of the sport leaves even the strongest bloodied and bruised, but it’s the injuries beneath the surface of the skin that pose the most grave danger to the sport itself.

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