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Climate / 6 months ago
Silicon Valley Titans' Pipe Dream: Can They Really Build a Utopia or Just Another Tech Bubble?
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Silicon Valley's "Tech Utopia": A Bold Vision or Just Another Bubble?
I wonder what's been keeping our Silicon Valley titans busy these days? Oh, that's right, constructing a tech Utopia, or perhaps a Superman-like Fortress of Solitude for them to retreat into when their next pet project fails spectacularly. Despite failing for decades to address systemic problems like affordable housing, inequality, and lack of diversity in their workforces, tech executives have now apparently decided that they possess the divine wisdom to shape a new society. Yes indeed, the same people who can't seem to regulate artificial intelligence or prevent hate speech on their platforms are promising us a silicon-powered paradise. What could possibly go wrong? Billionaire Marc Lore recently floated an idea to build a $400 billion city called "Telosa," which he describes as "the most open, the most fair, and the most inclusive city in the world." Sounds dreamy, doesn't it? But wait, there’s more: according to Lore, the city will be funded by ‘CityCoins’, a crypto-currency system. Ah, yes, because nothing screams stability like a currency system based on internet memes and tweets. You might also remember Elon Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX tycoon, who last year proposed building a one-million-person city on Mars by 2050. It's not every day that a billionaire proposes a colossal terraforming project. Musk, of course, is no stranger to ambitious ideas. Earthly problems like renewable energy and environmental sustainability are mere mundane issues, if you can envision a utopian city on an inhospitable red planet. And let’s not forget Google's parent company Alphabet which envisioned a data-driven city in Toronto, where it would be easier to monitor -ahem- "optimize" every aspect of city life. You'd have sensors in every corner of your home, monitoring your daily routines, analyzing your movements. Indeed, an Orwellian utopia that beats even your nosiest neighbors in terms of prying eyes. Regrettably, that initiative nuked itself in 2020, probably due to the outbreak of the Black Mirror syndrome. While Silicon Valley's boldest dreamers seem to be locked in an arms race to wow us with their grand, fantastical visions, we lesser mortals grapple with more grounded concerns. Many of us are still waiting for our self-driving cars that were supposed to arrive in 2015, according to Uber. Heck, we'd settle for an Instagram that doesn't crash, a YouTube without raunchy conspiracy theorists, or perhaps an AI that doesn't tell you to hurl your Alexa out the window when you make a wrong turn. But hey, perhaps we're being too critical. Maybe the real vision behind these utopian projects is simply to distract us from the growing skepticism towards big tech industries. As we continue to grapple with privacy concerns, rampant misinformation, and the unbridled power of these tech giants, a beautiful, shiny, AI-driven city in the sky (or Mars) seems like a pleasant diversion, right? And while we're dreaming, who knows? Maybe these new cities will have nice, not-at-all-creepy names like 'Zuckerbergville' or 'Bezostown'. Here's to hoping their vision of utopia includes rigorous data privacy, a resolution to income inequality, and a solid healthcare system. We guess as long as there's WiFi, we're golden.
posted 6 months ago

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Original title: ‘This hasn’t been done before’: can tech elites build their own city – and win over the skeptics?
exmplary article: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/22/california-forever-new-city-urban-planning

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