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Floating-isle concept intrigues French Polynesia

Stricken by floods from global warming, it looks into moving to 'seasteads'

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A diver with a sea cucumber in New Caledonia, which is at risk of being submerged. The proponents of floating islands say it is better to move to seasteads in the region than to migrate en masse elsewhere.

New York

WHEN former Google software engineer Patri Friedman came up with the idea of building floating islands, he had in mind unusual buyers: libertarians, seeking freedom to live beyond the reach of governments.

But his futuristic plan has now found a new, motivated and very

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