In Pictures: Silicon Valley's tech culture - 'We just want to be alone'

From a distance, Silicon Valley may look like a center for technical innovation. But it's more than that. Look closer and you'll find a home for social outcasts, radical libertarians and nerdy geniuses who dream of fleeing society entirely and building their own tech-utopias.

Set Sail to a City in the Sea In 2008, former Google engineer Patri Friedman and tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel founded The Seasteading Institute. Their vision is to build an ocean city off the coast of northern California that lies outside U.S. boundaries. The Seasteading Institute is hoping, somewhat optimistically, to have this self-sufficient city floating by 2015.

"We want people to have freedom to experiment with new ideas and this is the last territory in which they can do that," The Seasteading Institute senior director Randolph Hencken told The Huffington Post last year. He added, "Right now, if you don't like your government, it can be nearly impossible to just get up and leave."

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