Like the article mentions, the problem is the real estate cost. So I really suggest everyone to take look at The Venus Project http://www.thevenusproject.com/ which promotes similar technologies, but the key is to make them freely available to the whole society.
26th January, 2011 @ 11:47 p.m. (California Time)
So wrong in so many ways. So unworthy of Gizmag, which used to be a science and technology blog, not Mother Jones.
The mere mention of \'Ocean Levels rising\' is not only circa-2006 nonsense, but is scientifically ignorant of the fact that continent-covering ocean level rise of this level has never occurred on the planet, and was never predicted even by the most partisan climate alarmists. It\'s fun to manufacture a crisis like this to look cool to chicks. But sadly, polar ice levels, and ocean levels are the same today as they were 20 years ago. Check the NOAA raw observations instead of \'computer models\'.
The other liberal dream - Social Engineering in the form of cramming us all into somebody\'s beautifully-designed sardine can - looks cool, but humans don\'t work this way. We have our own individual needs and expressions, and won\'t conform to an Eco-Loon\'s idea of a politically correct \'habitat\' - sorry, prison.
Instead, try creating tools that help us individually attain our own goals and accomplishments, including living spaces we can build to our own taste. That may be a little too free-market for eco-lefties to handle, but nature does prevail eventually.
27th January, 2011 @ 8:29 a.m. (California Time)
Why not just build them on the land, on stilts, and then wait for the sea level to rise, or not. Come to think of it, just build all new buildings on stilts. You could use the space at ground level for car parking. Too easy?
27th January, 2011 @ 10:17 a.m. (California Time)
This idea that individuals should be able to use up earth\'s resources without giving any thought as to the impact this could have on everyone else who lives here will eventually destroy ALL people on this planet. You projected all sorts of nonsense fear mongering into your post and it\'s all bunk. If we continue the way we are with this planet of \"individual\" consumers who all set about destroying the planet that everyone lives on, none of us whether it be individual or collective will survive. The idea that we could continue this endless over-production on a finite planet is itself \"utopian\".
27th January, 2011 @ 10:21 a.m. (California Time)
Must be a slow day for science/tech, this Lilypad floating city concept has been \'floating\' around since at least 2007. Same renderings from then too.
27th January, 2011 @ 10:31 a.m. (California Time)
Looks great, but what if someone pulls the plug on the bottom and it starts to sink.....what happens teh????? Maybe we can make these at a rent contolled levels so social security, social services ad welfare can pay for them...
27th January, 2011 @ 12:53 p.m. (California Time)
Facebook User... sorry, it\'s not 1972 any longer.
The world is in great shape and will survive for another 4 billion years. Your Hemp messenger bag won\'t really matter to anyone but your own sense of sanctimony.
27th January, 2011 @ 2:48 p.m. (California Time)
Wow man, must be nice for you to be omniscient. So easy to see everything when you\'re so high up the food chain.
Go ahead. Make a snide comment. You\'re very good at those. I even checked my spelling so you can focus.
27th January, 2011 @ 3:12 p.m. (California Time)
Looks like an updated but less practical version of Sea City, introduced some 40 years ago.
27th January, 2011 @ 3:45 p.m. (California Time)
Daniel it takes a vastly higher level of omniscience to predict that suddenly, after billions of years, the last tiny 200 years of industrialization will force the oceans to rise to the level you would get moving earth\'s orbit a few percent closer to the sun.
Never mind that there is not even enough land- and glacier-based ice to make but a few inches\' difference even if you melted all of it. And the ocean ice...well...floats already. By the way, that means that even if it melted, the ocean levels would stay the same.
There are real scientific problems that need solving, and we don\'t have to make up new ones.
27th January, 2011 @ 4:31 p.m. (California Time)
Total nonsense. Total bore, but ok pictures, I guess.
We can\'t maintain our own cities or keep them safe and they\'re on land: How are you going to keep that going when individuals are tearing it down and it keeps sinking and everyone keeps drowning?
27th January, 2011 @ 6 p.m. (California Time)
Yeah yeah yeah - more pie in the sky \"popular mechanics\" bullshit.
27th January, 2011 @ 7:17 p.m. (California Time)
Is not SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE there.
Here is an Energy Island concept developed by Dominic Michaelis:
27th January, 2011 @ 8:19 p.m. (California Time)
I never thought I\'d see bickering in Gizmag\'s comments!
Well, may I pour petrol on the fire?
When I was in school (1970s) they were talking about another calamity.
According to the science of the day the data was conclusive, we were heading for another Ice Age.
Today the equally \'conclusive\' data says the opposite.
27th January, 2011 @ 8:32 p.m. (California Time)
Todd, you\'re missing my point. Global warming, rising sea levels, even ice ages - I can take it or leave it. It doesn\'t take much brains, though, to spot overpopulation, overexploitation of limited resources, species extinction and social/economical inequity (not necessarily in that order). You know things that wars are made off. Anything that aims at helping with those is good in my opinion. Even if it\'s kinda naive. We don\'t know what will be possible.
Attacking someone else\'s opinions here of all places is not cool.
27th January, 2011 @ 11:46 p.m. (California Time)
It\'s interesting that the one world-wide disaster God promised would never happen again is the one some people fear. While the great flood of Noah\'s time did cover the whole earth, He promised He would never do it again, and gave us a rainbow to remind us.
By the way, why are those so adamantly convinced of a possible \'Waterworld\' future frequently deny that it\'s happened before?
Just doesn\'t make sense.
28th January, 2011 @ 9:17 a.m. (California Time)
Todd I\'ve finally worked out what you are doing - yes, I know, more caffeine right?
It really is a cunning plan to make the denialist arguments so ridiculous (\"continent covering\" lol) that your \'support\' lends credence to the opposite POV - especially where you make a statement and then suggest a way to show it is gibberish like checking with NOAA (lmao)
I don\'t care what anyone says about \'low hanging fruit\' - if it floats your boat I say go for it!
Hmmm, can I have a go?
Neil, you are so right every single scientist was telling us to expect an ice age 40 years ago - check this out, it proves it!!
Ok, not up to your standard Todd, but I\'ll work on it!
Speaking of working, your claim that the \"MSM\" has given up on climate change is probably your best yet;
It just makes people want to read the NYT all over again, right?
Don\'t worry, your secret is safe with me ... I mean \'us\' ... oh ... sorry again!!
28th January, 2011 @ 6 p.m. (California Time)
Hmmmm, climate change? Wait a minute, should they mistook continental drift a part of climate-change dynamics? Well, that\'s a notch higher to common misconception and/or elitists\' propaganda. Hmmm, come on! Let\'s buy their agenda for a price of a lofty floating-city lot. How come uptown not good enough...? Let me wonder of this modern babel of stupidity they call prime lots of twenty-first\'s century...in peace.
4th February, 2011 @ 8:34 a.m. (California Time)
I\'m a bit confused as to the level of argument about continents being covered in water. No scientist in their right minds even considers that possibility. The ocean rise by 2100 that the article talks about is the very SMALL amount expected by then; the point is that with so many (especially the very impoverished) living so close to sea level, tens of millions could be very easily displaced.
4th February, 2011 @ 2:30 p.m. (California Time)
I must say it\'s hilarious reading all the comments on an idea thats nothing more than a futurist concept! The designer doesn\'t even think it\'ll be built in his lifetime let alone is anyone petitioning their governments to start building them in preparation for doomsday!
I do also laugh at someone who thinks we as humans in our relatively short period of time on earth especially the even shorter time as industrialized can\'t have had an effect on the Global climate. I\'d loved to know if that person has ever travelled out of their state (yes I\'m assuming they are American) The worlds population has increased dramatically over the last 200 years and is increasing exponentially into the future. I\'d imagine this is why people are conceptualizing ideas such as the one above.
Doesn\'t mean it\'ll ever be built... just food for thought!
5th July, 2011 @ 9:45 a.m. (California Time)