Entrepreneur Wants $50K to Build Self-Sufficient Floating Island
By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
PCWorldApr 13, 2011 10:04 am PDT
Living on land is so 2010–aren’t you ready to move onto a futuristic floating utopian island that “follows the summer” around the world? Thirty-year-old English entrepreneur Ben Way feels your pain–and he has an answer, so long as he can raise $50,000 on Kickstarter to get started. The answer is…Arc Island, a floating island community the size of Manhattan.
The island as Way visualizes it would also have all of the necessary technology to sustain life, including renewable energy, desalination, and waste disposal.
Way imagines a utopian society in which there’s no physical currency, a micro democracy, a virtual government, complete energy independence, and a flat tax rate. I’m doing my taxes right now, and I could go for a flat tax rate…but that’s beside the point.
Way is asking for Kickstarter users to donate just $50,000 to the cause, so that he can “engage the relevant architectural and engineering talent required to pull together the basic strands of the concept.” Way then plans to leverage his own relationships, contacts, and partners to get “ten times the value” of the funding.
If you want to go donate you can head on over to Kickstarter and do so. Way has generated $4,484 of his $50,000 goal at the time of this posting, and there are 56 days to go. Like all Kickstarter projects, if you donate you get a little something in return (assuming the project gains all the requested funding–if Way doesn’t get his $50K, you’ll get your donation back). In this case, it’s one square centimeter of Arc Island land for each dollar you donate.