A competiton among AI-labs, robot-makers aimed at giving the ocean all-out clean-up, producing more clean solar power | to Ira | #BitcoID

Appeal of having a nice floating home rocking on the ocean waves is to watch sea creatures close-up: dolphins, seals, turtles and albatross.

As humanity aimes to have large seasteading – that is floating on the ocean – towns and cities, the promise of seasteading is that everyone is able to afford to get away from city’s shove and smog and own a home in a seastead. There’s more to it. Due to the ocean’s vast expances humanity is able to construct and have cities here without having to have an overcrowded place around.

But the battle for mass seasteading – and affordable floating homes for everyone – is lost until we have our oceans clean.

We need to have our oceans clean right now. There is no way of having seasteads without having the ocean clean and safe to marine life.

We want to build seasteads for multi-billion populations, use eco-friendly bio-compatible materials. And we want our marine citizens – people living on the ocean – watch sea animals and see them happy, healthy and playful.

We have to keep all of the surface and all of the depth of our oceans clean and safe.

Yet hundreds of millions of tons of plastic is drifting in the ocean. This horrible amount of plastic stands in the way of us having clean, nice and sustainable cities on the ocean.

The menace of plastic waste to seasteading and sea animals

Sea animals like seals, fish, turtles, albatrosses and others swallow pieces of plastic. Plastic breaks down into ever smaller parts, micro-plastic, over time. Only recently scientists have discovered that there are enormous amounts of even smaller bits of plastic – not visible to the naked eye – nanoplastic. Tiny bits of nanoplastic get into tissue of fish, into the food chain and end up on our tables with seafood we eat.

The plastic stuffs we are used to throwing out so easily backfires at humans right now. It is already here. Can anyone imagine how much worse the menace is going to get over time?

With global population going to rise to up to 10 billion the production of plastic is to rise steadily year after year.

With our determination to house billions to come in our multimillion seasteads the industry of seasteading is to become a technological challenge to boost development of new technologies to bring about change and enable us to build very lightweight and strong floating homes for everyone using as much advanced technologies as possible to catch up the target. And now there is no way for us to sit by and let that appaling heap of drifting plastic stand in our way.

We are in for a total 100% all-up clean-up for the ocean. And we have a plan for doing so.

A plan to have a competiton among AI-labs, robot-makers aimed to clean up the ocean  

On the surface of the ocean we deploy a network of boats made of eco-friendly materials and with solar power on them to meet our energy needs. The boats carry equipment and labs.

We have also platforms covered with solar panels. The aim of platforms is to serve as a base for robotic creatures that set off for the individual journey on the ocean to catch plastic debris.

Robots can be made of different forms and designs and from bio-compatible materials. After having collecting enough garbage robots go back to the base and dump the garbage over here.

Robots collecting drifting pieces can look like fish, seals, turtles, snakes or birds.

Floating robots drift around in search of what they can swallow, any pieces of whatever doesn’t belong in the ocean. They scan the surface of the ocean or they dive and scan the depth for debris, pieces of garbage or nets, and if they spot it they swallow it.

The aim of engineers is to have a bio-inspired creature with bio-inspired behavior able to cruise – flow or fly – and swallow the plastic debris and not do harm to living fish and marine life. Then a device goes back to the nearest base and leaves the debris collected.

Two or more robotic fish can cooperate to take hold of a relatively big piece of plastic and tug it over to the base.

Also bird-inspired flying devices, new drones, can be made to fly around and act like an albatross catching fish. Then go back to the base.

We have also on the base a number of rescue devices whose aim is to go and search for missing devices that haven’t made it to the base on time or had a failure or accident.

All the robots are meant to be bionically engineered devices to be bio-compatible with the environment. Their skin, material, actuators and batteries, the inner organs are meant to model after living creatures’ function, behavior and make use of bio-compatible biochemistry.

The aim of competition is to encourage researchers and engineers to learn from nature and try and create bio-compatible organic materials, actuators, organs, batteries, electrolyte for batteries with a view to using the type of biochemistry that does less harm to the environment in case of failure or accident and throughout the whole lifetime.

The robots to be used in the competition are called bionies, bionical creatures. All bionies can evolve over time making more progress in terms of using more efficiently sustainable energy and materials, gaining more compatibility with the biochemistry of the ocean.

Bionies need to be able to tell apart fish and drifting stuff that doesn’t belong in the ocean.

AI-labs make effort to develop and improve systems that can tell different types of plastic apart and sort them effectively on the platforms and more efficiently over time.

This competition for it to take off and get on calls for a set of prizes established in different areas such as AI, drone (UAV) technologies, actuators for bionic robots, bio-compatible electrolyte for bionic batteries, bio-compatible materials used in solar panels, bioelectronics and many others.

Getting the project funded, setting up a new prize for ocean clean-up

During a competition donors set up the prizes in areas they select. Teams compete to outperform the others in terms of performance measured in each category in a certain objective way over a certain period of time.

Users can also patronate during a competition: if they like a certain design of a floating fish-, snake-, seal- or turtle-like robot better than others they can support directly the team whose design it is.

The incentive for researchers to go sailing and take part in the activity is to get ahead in their field by being close exposed to natural habitats of marine animals and birds, for example to watch albatross and learn more how they fly, catch fish – having firsthand experience. Yet we still watch albatross feed their young with plastic debris that block their stomach and cause multiple deaths.

Investment in new responsible seasteading

The insentive for investors is the opportunity to learn more about different locations in the oceans where seasteds can be built, to become more aware in making more informed decisions when buying or developing a seastead, a piece of sea estate, a floating home or apartment,  in the future.

The insentive for investors to be part of the project is have the opportunity to invest in new technologies to manage green energy in the ocean.

Investors can have a share in mining power based on advanced solar energy technology to be developed aimed to be biocompatible with the ocean with the priority to power advanced bionies and AI-labs first to support the competition. The excecces of solar power can be used in cryptocurrency-based service to help users and investors mine it and reward best-performing contestants.

Governments' responsibility in new responsible seasteading

The insentive for governments to support the entire program, a series of competitions, is to fullfil the promise given to the people and the world of having protected areas clean from debris and garbage that threaten wildlife.

Governments also need to provide funds to establish laboratories and research centers aimed at making the promise of the all-out clean-up compaign a reality by having labs develop technologies that are fully sustainable in the long run and are not harmful to habitats of wildlife.

Next, we can only pass the plastic collected on to governments’ agencies if we have proof of there being working technologies in place that ensure the plastic won’t get to the ocean any more.

Even though companies can have recycling plants make goods from plastic, it is not enough. We need guarantees from governments that if we pass them over those huge heaps of plastic the goods to be made from it will never make it to the ocean again.

All the plastic we have caught from the ocean will be marked in a way that will make it possible to identify these pieces, or more precisely goods made from from it, in the future and know exactly that this plastic has once been collected from the ocean.

The outlook of new responsible seasteading with plastic-free premises

In the future with seasteading cities and towns coming up we’ll have these networks of platforms and bio-robotic collectors deployed in the vicinity of seasteads to make sure our nice floating towns don’t turn into dumps and there’s no pile-ups of garbage wind-blown around them which could turn ocean settlers off.

Companies that will grow from these startups will become part of responsible seasteading of the future and keep up their work.

Our seasteading residents will enjoy watching sea animals and see them healthy and happy close by.

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Dedicated to Ira, who gave me a link to a video describing suffering albatross on Midway island in the Pasific.

I am commited to get rid of plastic waste and other alien drifting stuff in the ocean once and for all. I take responsibility for the oceans; I'll keep them clean. What counts is technology. From now on there’s no way to compromise new emerging standards of seasteading

Best, AstronautID